WEDNESDAY, 7:59am: If he’s hired by the Rams, Shurmur would likely fill the team’s passing-game coordinator position, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, who says Boras still looks like the favorite for the offensive coordinator job (Twitter links).
TUESDAY, 5:57pm: The Rams’ search for a new offensive coordinator could lead to a familiar face, as the club has requested permission to interview Eagles’ OC Pat Shurmur, reports Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). Shurmur was the Rams’ play-caller from 2009-10 under former head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
Shurmur is still under contract with Philadelphia, and in fact interviewed for the club’s head coaching position earlier this month. That job ultimately went to Doug Pederson, who said during his introductory press conference today that Shurmur would be a contender to remain as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. But former Chargers play-caller Frank Reich is widely expected to be Philadelphia’s OC choice, at which point it’s likely the club would let Shurmur pursue other opportunities.
For Shurmur, a move to Los Angeles would represent a step up, as he did not call plays under former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and, if retained, would not call plays under Pederson. With the Rams, that duty would surely fall to him, as Los Angeles head coach Jeff Fisher has a defensive background. Shurmur, who has head coaching experience with the Browns, wasn’t very successful during his last run with the Rams, as his offenses never finished above 30th in DVOA.
Los Angeles’ OC hunt was thought to be nearing its completion, as a report last week indicated that the club was expected to promote interim play-caller Rob Boras — who was formerly the tight ends coach and took over OC duties after Frank Cignetti was fired — to the full-time post. The Rams also interviewed former Browns coordinator John DeFillipo as part of their search.
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