The Eagles hired former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur to be their offensive coordinator. Shurmur was the TE coach in Philly from 1999-2001, then the QB coach from 2002-2008. He was also the offensive coordinator under the Rams in 2009-2010, tutoring Sam Bradford in his 2010 rookie season.
Last season, Shurmur’s Browns led the NFL in rookie snap counts by a wide margin, and that team improved greatly as the season progressed. Here were the rookie snap counts in the NFL this season:
It’s an interesting fit, as Shurmur runs a West coast style offensive, which is in contrast to what Chip Kelly ran in Oregon. It’s good to see Kelly bringing aboard a coach who can bring diverse ideas to the table. Shurmur will also likely play a large part in Nick Foles’ development (not to mention any QB the Eagles may select in the upcoming draft), as he has done a good job developing QBs in the past.
Take this for what it’s worth, but here are a list of QBs that worked with Shurmur, and their success with and without Shurmur’s tutelage. Shurmur coached McNabb in his prime. With Bradford, Shurmur was developing a rookie. Feeley was an unexpected contributing backup, and Jeff Garcia as well past his prime when Shurmur was his QB coach. Their numbers: