Colts Head Coaching Search Wish List: Pat Shurmur


Pat Shurmur is having a terrific year as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, and he’ll be a hot commodity on this offseason’s coaching carousel.


Pat Shurmur began his NFL coaching career as the offensive line and tight ends coach with the Eagles in 1999, and then served as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2008.

Shurmur moved on to St. Louis to become their offensive coordinator in 2009 before getting his first chance at being an NFL head coach in 2011 with the Cleveland Browns.

As we now know, it is impossible to succeed in Cleveland and Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons with the Browns. He wasn’t blessed with great talent at the quarterback position with Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden starting under center during his tenure.

Shurmur went back to Philadelphia to serve as the offensive coordinator for three seasons before being hired as Minnesota’s tight ends coach in 2016.

Shurmur took over the Vikings’ offensive coordinator position after Norv Turner stepped down last season, and he’s done a wonderful job leading one of the league’s best offenses even with a revolving door at quarterback.

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Pat Shurmur’s fit in Indianapolis

Pat Shurmur is the type of coach that the Colts should be looking for this offseason.

Even though it didn’t go well the first time around, he has head coaching experience and he’s continued to prove that he’s one of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL.

Shurmur will almost certainly get a head coaching job this offseason with plenty of jobs coming open around the league. Indianapolis should definitely take a look at Shurmur if they decide to move on from Chuck Pagano.

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