Vikings To Interview Pat Shurmur

12:58pm: Goessling’s tweet identifying the Ravens and Panthers as potential suitors for Shurmur has been deleted, and his story on the topic simply says that two unidentified teams – in addition to the Rams and Vikings – may have interest in Shurmur. So it’s not clear whether or not Baltimore and Carolina are, in fact, those two teams.

12:48pm: With Frank Reich and John DeFilippo having been hired as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach respectively, it appears former OC Pat Shurmur won’t be retained by new head coach Doug Pederson. Shurmur is drawing interest from other teams though. In addition to receiving an interview request from the Rams for their passing-game coordinator job, Shurmur has generated interest from the Vikings, Ravens, and Panthers, tweets Ben Goessling of Shurmur (Vertical)

[RELATED: Eagles hire Frank Reich to replace Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator]

According to Ian Rapoport of (via Twitter), the Vikings are set to interview Shurmur this week, which is interesting, since the only current opening on Minnesota’s staff is at running backs coach. Since getting his first NFL coaching job in 1999, Shurmur has never coached running backs, so it’s not clear if that’s the role the Vikings have in mind for him, or if the team would plan to create a new position. The interview will take place on Friday, per Goessling (Twitter link).

Shurmur, who served as the Eagles’ interim head coach in Week 17 after Chip Kelly‘s dismissal, was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2015. Previously, he spent time as the Browns’ head coach (2011-12), the Rams’ offensive coordinator (2009-10), and the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach (2002-08) after initially coaching tight ends and offensive linemen in Philadelphia.

Although the Eagles struggled as a team in 2015, Shurmur’s offense ranked a respectable 12th in yards per game (364.4), landing in the top half of the NFL in terms of both passing and rushing yardage. However, for the third straight year under Kelly and Shurmur, Philadelphia finished last in the league in time of possession due to the fast-paced nature of the offense.

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