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Vikings begin search for offensive coordinator as Pat Shurmur named coach of Giants

By Judd Zulgad

The Vikings lost the NFC title game to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. On Monday, they lost a key member of their coaching staff as Pat Shurmur was named the 18th head coach of the New York Giants.

Shurmur’s hiring comes as no surprise. A few weeks back he was rumored to be a leading candidate to take over in Arizona, but then came reports that he was headed to New York. After the Vikings’ loss on Sunday, Shurmur was surrounded by reporters from New York but declined to discuss the Giants job. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Shurmur received a five-year contract. In addition to the Cardinals job, he also interviewed for the Bears head coaching position.

Shurmur spent the past two seasons with the Vikings and was the team’s offensive coordinator this season. He joined the Vikings in 2016 as tight ends coach but was promoted to interim offensive coordinator when Norv Turner resigned during the season. Shurmur was named the Vikings’ full-time offensive coordinator this past offseason and received plenty of credit for how well that unit operated in 2017.

Most impressive was the fact that the Vikings lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford after the first game of the season and the offense remained productive throughout the regular season with career backup Case Keenum at quarterback. Last week, Shurmur, 52, was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association.

The Vikings, who went 13-3 during the regular season, were 10th in the NFL in scoring (23.9 points a game), 11th in total yardage (356.9 a game) and seventh in rushing yardage (122.3-yard average). The Vikings also finished third in the league in third-down conversion percentage (43.5).

This will be Shurmur’s second opportunity as an NFL head coach. He went 9-23 in two seasons (2011 and 2012) with the Cleveland Browns and was 1-0 as interim coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 after Chip Kelly was fired.

Shurmur, who replaces Ben McAdoo as the Giants’ coach, was one of six candidates to interview for the job. He met with Giants officials on Jan. 6 in Bloomington, Minn., and later had an hour-long phone interview with Giants chairman Steve Tisch. The Giants went 3-13 this season and will have the No. 2 pick in the draft.

“I want to thank (Giants co-owners) John Mara and Steve Tisch for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Shurmur said in a statement. “I am looking forward to getting to work with (general manager) Dave Gettleman and (assistant general manager) Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team. I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support.”

Shurmur reportedly will be introduced as the Giants’ coach on Friday at a press conference.

McAdoo, who was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach in 2012 and 2013 before being hired as the Giant’s offensive coordinator, could be a candidate for the Vikings job. Darrell Bevell, who was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator from 2006-10 before spending the past seven seasons in the same job with the Seattle Seahawks, also could be on the Vikings’ radar. Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski likely will be an internal candidate to replace Shurmur.

The post Vikings begin search for offensive coordinator as Pat Shurmur named coach of Giants appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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