Mike Zimmer hired Pat Shurmur as tight ends coach in 2016 to add offensive coordinator Norv Turner to his offensive coaching staff. Once Turner resigned, Shurmur took over as OC and held the job for the remainder of the 2016 campaign and again in 2017 before getting his chance to become the head coach of the New York Giants.
Pat Shurmur Has Got a New Job in the College Ranks
Shurmur spent two seasons with the Giants and two seasons with the Broncos as the OC. After the departure of Broncos head coach Vic Fangio in January 2022, Shurmur also had to pack his bags and has been without a job since then.
Now, reports emerge of Shurmur joining NFL legend Deion Sanders’ coaching staff at the University of Colorado as an offensive analyst, first reported by Carl Reed Jr. From 247sports: “Colorado will be looking for him to add to the culture they are establishing aggressively. And to give players another resource in their quest to reach the NFL, Reid Jr. written on Twitter,
It will be the 58-year-old’s first college job since 1998 when he was the offensive line coach at Stanford. He also held various positions at Michigan State from 1988 to 1997, where his coaching career began.
Shurmur had two stints as a head coach in the NFL with two disastrous teams. He coached the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012, and later the Giants. The former Viking was also the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 before joining the Vikings staff. He had a record of 19–46 in all of those games. Most coaches would have struggled with the talent on those rosters.
Arguably her best work came in 2017 as the OC on Zimmer’s staff. He was the engineer of the offense that helped the organization make its first trip to the NFC Championship game since 2009. Shurmur did the unexpected after the season opener when quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a knee injury and rookie running back Dalvin Cook was also hurt. , Severe knee injury at week 4.
It was the combination of veteran journeyman Case Keenum and Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon that kept the offense going behind an outstanding offensive play caller. Shurmur devised a plan that included a balanced attack of rushing and passing attacks (and a great screen game). He mostly proved his flair for the game by selecting the right players at the right time.
Zimmer was often not happy with his OCs but Shurmur was a rare exception. The Vikings remembered him after he left for the Giants. His successor, John DeFilippo, was fired after 13 games.
The 2017 Vikings offense was ranked 10th in points, 11th in yards, 5th in DVOA and 9th in EPA/Plays. Shurmur helped Keenum and McKinnon put on career years that each of them got paid in free agency. It will be interesting to see if Offensive Minds makes a return to the NFL or qualifies for a more prominent role in the college ranks.
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