It was something of a surprise last week when word broke that the Vikings would be interviewing Pat Shurmur for a spot on Mike Zimmer’s staff because open running backs coach position didn’t seem like a fit for the former Eagles offensive coordinator and interim head coach.
The lack of a clear fit doesn’t look like it was a stumbling block in their conversation, however. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Shurmur has agreed to take a job in Minnesota for the 2016 season.
There’s no word on title or responsibilities for Shurmur at this point, but there’s a pretty clear message being sent by Zimmer this offseason that he wants to see more from the offense than they achieved in 2015. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been joined by Shurmur and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, giving the Vikings three coaches with experience as both head coaches and offensive coordinators after finishing 29th in yards last season.
The passing game held more responsibility for that ranking and a role in that area may be in Shurmur’s future given his past as a quarterbacks coach.