Still not sold on Pat Shurmur? Well, until the wins and losses start accumulating, cast your agendas to the side as all we have to go by are numbers and the thoughts from those who are respected across the league.
An hour or so ago, we heard from Shurmur’s former team, the St. Louis Rams. Now, we get some science dropped from the mouths of some of the Shurminator’s colleagues from his days in Philadelphia.
“I’m extremely proud of and happy for Pat Shurmur and his family,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. ”He is a proven commodity in the NFL and has paid his dues as a successful assistant coach.”
Shurmur came from Michigan State to work with the Eagles in 1999. He was promoted toquarterbacks coach in 2002, manning that position until 2008, working closely with Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb. In 2004, Shurmur is credited with helping McNabb achieve his career-best season, where he threw 31 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions.
It was his time in Philadelphia, working with Tom Heckert and running an offense similar to that of Browns president Mike Holmgren during his career that made both parties feel that Shurmur was the man for the job. He is outgoing, communicates well with all of his coaches and players and has shown the ability to work with young, developing players.
“Pat is smart, very well organized and has a great command and great feel for the ins and outs of the business of pro football,” Reid continued. “I believe, to a man, all of the players and coaches that have worked with and for Pat Shurmur have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a coach. And I’m right at the top of that list. He’ll do a great job for the city of Cleveland as their head football coach.”
When asked what he thought of the hire, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb – who worked side by side with Shurmur for several years – echoed Reid’s sentiments, saying that the Browns’ current roster of players will love to play for their new head coach.
“I think it is a great choice for the Cleveland Browns,” said McNabb. “Pat Shurmur is a hard-working, dedicated and determined individual who demands perfection from all his players. The team will love playing for him.”
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