Vikings Hire Pat Shurmur As Tight Ends Coach

MONDAY, 1:43pm: The Vikings have confirmed Shurmur’s hiring, announcing that he will serve as the team’s new tight ends coach. Kevin Stefanski, who previously held that role, will shift over to replace Kirby Wilson as the club’s running backs coach.

SATURDAY, 9:45pm: It’s unclear what Shurmur’s role will be, as head coach Mike Zimmer still needs to sort out his coaching staff, tweets Ben Goessling of But the hire won’t lead to any other staff changes, per Goessling.

9:33pm: The Vikings have hired former Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, reports Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (Twitter link). There’s no word as to Shurmur’s title in Minnesota, but it’s worth noting that the only vacant job on the Vikings’ staff is running backs coach.Pat Shurmur (Vertical)

Shurmur, 50, acted as Philadelphia’s interim head coach for the final game of the season following the dismissal of Chip Kelly, and then received an interview for the full-time job. That position went to Doug Pederson, however, and though Pederson expressed some interest in retaining Shurmur, the Eagles ultimately hired former Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their new OC.

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After being released from his Eagles contract, Shurmur immediately generated interest around the league. The Rams, whose offense Shurmur coordinated from 2009-10, requested permission to interview him for a role (reports varied as to whether that role was OC or passing game coordinator). Meanwhile, two mystery clubs, in addition to the Vikings, were reported on Thursday to have interest in pursuing Shurmur, who ultimately interviewed with Minnesota on Friday.

Shurmur’s NFL experience dates back to the 1999 season, when he entered the league as an assistant with Philadelphia. His most prominent job was acting as the Browns’ head coach — he lasted just two seasons (2011-12), posting a record of 9-23 during that time.

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