Pat Shurmur faces busy week with four interviews

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Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur faces a busy week. Not only is he getting ready for a divisional-round game next week, but he has interviews with four teams.

Shurmur is scheduled to meet with the Lions and Cardinals on Thursday, the Bears on Friday and the Giants on Saturday. All interviews will take place in Minnesota.

Shurmur went 9-23 in his two seasons as the Browns’ head coach. He might get a second chance based on his work with Case Keenum this season. The Vikings ranked 11th in total offense and 10th in scoring.

The Bears and Cardinals are the teams expected to have the most interest in Shurmur, via Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.

26 responses to “Pat Shurmur faces busy week with four interviews

  1. There should be no interviews until after the Super Bowl. The playoff teams lose their coaches and are delayed starting their search putting them at a disadvantage hiring the best talent as those guys get offers first.

    This screwed the Falcons this year and forced them into taking Sarkiisian out of the college ranks.

  2. At least the teams have to travel to MN for the interview, but I’m sure Zim would prefer there be no distraction at all.

  3. C’mon coach Zimmer and Ziggy! Make Pat an assistant head coach and greatly enhance his current contract. We need to keep this combo together for at least another year. Zim and Pat have proven to be an excellent duo! Pat will be 9-23 without Zim’s defense and Zim needs Pat and Case to manage the offense. The NFL and the Vikings are better with them together.

  4. Well Vike’s fans you better hope you win it all this year. Sounds like you probably gonna lose your Offensive coordinator. Also with no QB’s signed for next year you could be hurting. Yes I know they can use franchise tag on one, but I bet Shurmur will be taking one with. Zimmer is a heck of a Defense coach but I bet he doesn’t know as much about the Offense side. Just McCarthy doesn’t know much about the defense side for the Pack. Zimmer will have to hire another good Offense coordinator to run that side of it.

  5. I thought the Vikings were nuts to push Norv Turner out in favor of Shurmur, but you can’t argue with the results. Hugh Jackson would kill for that 9-23 record.

  6. Please, blow all the interviews and give the Wilf’s a chance to line your pockets with a much deserved raise. You’re a perfect fit with this team and as Zims OC!

  7. This distraction needs to be stopped. Wait till the season ends for the interviews to begin.

  8. Never understood how a person could want someone else to not get ahead, not be promoted, not reach their goals or to be professionally successful – all because they want to be able to watch their favorite team from the couch.

    How would you like it if you were up for promotion and the guy across the street did what he could to keep you from getting it?

    Zim and the Vikings could try and block him taking a promotion and the chance to achieve his personal dreams but that’s bad business. IIRC a team can block a lateral move but they can’t block a promotion and even making Shurmur an assistant HC – HC would be a promotion. Shurmer obviously is interested in a HC position or he would simply decline to interview.

    Let the man go off and do well if that’s what he wants to do.

  9. teal379 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 7:05 am
    Never understood how a person could want someone else to not get ahead, not be promoted, not reach their goals or to be professionally successful – all because they want to be able to watch their favorite team from the couch.

    How would you like it if you were up for promotion and the guy across the street did what he could to keep you from getting it?

    Zim and the Vikings could try and block him taking a promotion and the chance to achieve his personal dreams but that’s bad business. IIRC a team can block a lateral move but they can’t block a promotion and even making Shurmur an assistant HC – HC would be a promotion. Shurmer obviously is interested in a HC position or he would simply decline to interview.

    Let the man go off and do well if that’s what he wants to do

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    Who’s stopping him from moving on? A couple of trolls on PFT?

  10. Zim said on the radio he is allowing the interviews. He believes that since they have a Bye week, and they are coming here, it’s not a distraction, and he believes people who work hard deserve chances to get promoted.

    Shurmur definitely deserves another chance. What he has done this year is amazing. Even last year, with leading a team with NO Offensive Line, to a 8-8 record is pretty good. THis year he is turning No name talent into stars (Case Keenum, Adam Thielen, Latavius Murray).

    He coached the Browns and no one wins with the Browns, so that isn’t a good measuring stick.

  11. Hey, it’s not like he’s ditching due to an organizational disaster. He’s that good of a coach. Sure, he didn’t fair too well with the browns. But, who would?
    That team is keeping their coach after another fallout year. All the while suffering a worst record than when Pat was HC in cleveland. If he stayed in MN, great. If not, I’m sure Zimmer & Rick attract another decent OC since they know what to look for now.
    As for the fake news of Shurmur taking a qb with him; this isn’t the movie Any Given Sunday. I’m sure the actual players & their agents have a say into where they should/would be best destined.

  12. I would not be happy about this as a Vikes fan… I think all interviews should wait until after everyone’s season is over. This takes away prep time no matter how insignificant the time is over the 2 week break. Vikings will probably be sluggish and/or sloppy for at least the start after the layoff….

  13. I’m glad that someone a little older is getting a look for HC this year. After Sean McVay it seems like everyone is going after the 35-45 year old hotshots this offseason. I totally get that the league has too many old retread coaches who keep getting work on their names alone and really need to hang it up, but there’s something to be said for a HC who’s more than 10 years older than his players, too.

  14. I hate his trick plays. They kill momentum. And when they have a big lead he tries to milk the clock as early as mid 3rd Quarter and it allows teams to come back in a game they should be blown away. Keep the foot on the gas pedal. Hopefully he will help make history for the Vikings. Or it will be another excruciating ending to yet another disappointment.

  15. I’d take the 0-16 Browns over the Pat Shurmur years anyday.

    The Browns were a 6 or 7 win team before Shurmur and Mike Holmgren took over and mismanaged the team so bad the Browns owner was forced to sell.

    There is no 1-15 or 0-16 without Shurmur and Holmgren’s “must have” first and second round draft busts and the legendary “5 year plan”.

  16. darkneptune73 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Shurmur is good as coordinator, not as head coach. Just a warning to those teams reaching out.
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    “Well, Pat, your interview was very impressive and you have a great track record, but we got a bad reference from darkneptune73 so we’re going to go in another direction.”

  17. It’s nice to see they have their eyes on the prize in Minny. With the way Pat’s offense has looked the last few weeks he would be better off signing before they play another game.

  18. purplepillager says:
    January 2, 2018 at 10:58 pm
    C’mon coach Zimmer and Ziggy! Make Pat an assistant head coach and greatly enhance his current contract. We need to keep this combo together for at least another year. Zim and Pat have proven to be an excellent duo! Pat will be 9-23 without Zim’s defense and Zim needs Pat and Case to manage the offense. The NFL and the Vikings are better with them together.
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    Not if Shurmur goes to a team with a defense already in place. Arizona, for example, has an excellent elite young defense loaded with young talent at every level that they just basically rebuilt over the last couple years, releasing the last 6-7 starters last off-season and rebuilding over the off-season. Arizona has had a top 5 defense via DVOA 3 straight years, ranking 4th overall, 1st rushing & 11th vs the pass by DVOA, and being it’s a young defense it will only get better going forward as guys gain experience & they add more talent. And Arizona was able to rank that highly while losing multiple borderline elite level starters, like #2 pass rushing OLB Markus Golden who tore his ACL early on in SEPT.

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