Report: Pat Shurmur is the favorite to be the Cardinals’ next coach

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Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is reportedly the favorite to be the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Shurmur has emerged as the frontrunner for the job, Craig Fouhy of ABC15 reports. Fouhy was the first to report that Bruce Arians planned to retire at the end of the 2017 season, so he has a good track record of reporting on the Cardinals’ coaching situation.

Although he can’t be hired while the Vikings are still in the postseason, multiple teams have shown interest in Shurmur. The Giants and Lions reportedly like him as well. It’s possible that he’ll have more than one offer.

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who also has had multiple interviews, is considered No. 2 on the Cardinals’ list, according to the report. Wilks has an advantage over Shurmur in that his season is over and he can be hired immediately, so a team that’s worried about waiting too long and missing out on all its favorite candidates might want to hire Wilks now instead of waiting for Shurmur later.

56 responses to “Report: Pat Shurmur is the favorite to be the Cardinals’ next coach

  1. Congrats if it’s true. This man and his system are mainly responsible fo the emergence of Case Keenum this season and many people don’t realize that.It’s not a fluke the year this Vikings offense has had and how Shurmur kept things going even after losing Bradford and Cook.

  2. Don’t hire him as head coach, he’ll fail. Let him stay with Vikings for another season and see if he can be successful again first. Something’s wrong with this league.

  3. Probably won’t affect the Vikings one bit. They overcome this and more every year, and still manage to win the super bowl every year.

    At least that’s how their fans act.

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    The Cardinals are in the QB sweepstakes. Whomever they acquire is going to need development. Schumer has firsthand experience with young QBs.
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  5. I wish the NFL would institute a rule that says Coaching Searches/Interviews can’t begin until all 32 teams are done playing. All of these coordinators could just focus on their next game instead of their next job.

    There wouldn’t be any harm if all teams had to wait. In fact, it would probably be beneficial to give all of the teams a little more time to establish what they want in their next coach. They wouldn’t feel the pressure to hire someone quickly just so they don’t miss out on one of the top candidates.

  6. They can hire him Monday morning after our season comes to a screeching halt. We’re going to overpay either Keenum or Bridgewater so we’ll lose some defensive guys due to cap issues. Might as well let Pat jump off our sinking ship too!

  7. There was a rumor that Shurmur might be able to bring Free Agent to-be Case Keenum with him wherever he landed. The Cardinals are in desperate need of a decent QB. This could be a good thing for Arizona, especially if it means that Fitz will stick around for another year or so before retiring himself.

  8. ugh…was really hoping my vikes would cut him and try to hire that Aaron Rodgers guy. hes the best. now w shurmur gone we will slip back into mediocrity after being bounced by those saints. skol.

  9. Let’s see what Keenum does in the playoffs before every Viking fan decides he’s the guy for the future and the Vikes overpay for a 1 year wonder. Lose this week….that answer is a resounding “hell no”.

  10. Take this with a grain of salt as we heard the same thing about Patricia to the Lions, and it now says that Patricia will end up with the Giants.

    If Keenum performs well in the playoffs, I can see the Vikes tagging him to ease the burden on the next OC in the event Shurmur does leave.

  11. Here’s to hoping this is leverage on more $ from the Vikings! C’mon Spielman! Show him the money! Assistant Head Coach Shurmur!

    SKOL

  12. As a Steeler fan this is music to my ears because it means there is less of a chance of Munchak leaving the Steelers!

  13. I’ve heard a couple of minor rumblings that Keenum is pretty unhappy that the Vikings haven’t committed to him. I can’t swear their true and I don’t know what it means (if anything) but I can see where the guy might be upset. He’s played better at QB than anyone else they’ve had in a long time.

  14. Bridgewater will be the Viking QB next year so I hope Shurmur gets the Cardinals job and take Case Keenum with him. He could have the Cardinals in the playoffs his first year.

  15. uncommon1 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:50 am
    I wish the NFL would institute a rule that says Coaching Searches/Interviews can’t begin until all 32 teams are done playing. All of these coordinators could just focus on their next game instead of their next job.

    There wouldn’t be any harm if all teams had to wait. In fact, it would probably be beneficial to give all of the teams a little more time to establish what they want in their next coach. They wouldn’t feel the pressure to hire someone quickly just so they don’t miss out on one of the top candidates.
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    I agree with this.

    Extend the end of the League year by a Week, and let interviews happen AFTER the SuperBowl.

    If not for anything else, it would make the owners think more about keeping the coaches that they have.

  16. This is a good choice. And btw Patricia is going to Detroit, NOT New York. The NY story is a plant from his agent to drive up price

  17. I hope he’s learned from the mistakes he made in Cleveland. The guy was decent with play calling but absolutely terrible when it came to talent evaluation especially at QB with the Browns never winning games until his hand picked starter would go down and the actual good QB would be forced to play.

    When you have more wins with your 3rd string QB than your starters over two seasons that’s definitely a talent evaluation issue. Then again he might have had stock in Brandon Weeden jerseys.

  18. Whatever happens, Case Keenum stands make a boatload of money next year. With the success of Keenum and Goff, it just goes to show that QBs can flourish in the right system and what a truly awful coach Jeff Fisher was.

  19. Vikings will offer Case a fair deal but won’t overpay, and they shouldn’t. Franchise tag is too much money. I trust the gm of the year and Zimmer to make the right decision on our future QB. Everything I’ve heard is that Teddy looks great in practice. Bradford is healthy and we saw the potential of Sloter during the preseason. The cupboard is far from bare at the QB position.

  20. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Take this with a grain of salt as we heard the same thing about Patricia to the Lions, and it now says that Patricia will end up with the Giants.

    If Keenum performs well in the playoffs, I can see the Vikes tagging him to ease the burden on the next OC in the event Shurmur does leave.

    Now, it’s Patricia to the Lions and Wilks to the Giants.

  21. With the 49ers and Rams suddenly ascending and questions at numerous key positions in Arizona, it could be a bad time for anyone to go there. Going to be a challenging next few years, thus probably hard to make it out with a job intact.

  22. The Vikings will screw this up and be looking for another QB next year, after Keenum is gone, Bridgewater confirms he’s Tarvaris Jackson II, and Bradford is an overpaid question mark. Keenum should’ve been under contract one month ago, as soon as the division was clinched. What more do you want? They are looking a gift horse in the mouth and it will soon be too late to do anything about it.

  23. Hey, good for Shurmur. Who knows if he’s head coach material; however, he has done a wonderful job as OC for the Vikes and deserves another shot. It will be a shame to lose him.

    The Vikes have options at QB, including tagging Keenum. People talk about the cap implications of tagging him, but must remember the large combined cap hit of Bradford and Bridgewater this year, which will be gone next year. The way our cap guy Bryz manages the cap, those issues are the least of the Vikings worries.

  24. Bummer. Maybe the best play calling I have ever seen from a Vikings squad. He clearly has good relationships with his players.

    AZ fans who think Keenum is coming with him need to stop dreaming (franchise tag).

  25. stellarperformance says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

    The Vikings will screw this up and be looking for another QB next year, after Keenum is gone, Bridgewater confirms he’s Tarvaris Jackson II, and Bradford is an overpaid question mark. Keenum should’ve been under contract one month ago, as soon as the division was clinched. What more do you want? They are looking a gift horse in the mouth and it will soon be too late to do anything about it.
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    I’m not sure how seriously I should take that evaluation, considering it’s coming from the guy who kept telling us Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan would be traded for high draft picks.

  26. kevpft says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:28 am
    With the 49ers and Rams suddenly ascending and questions at numerous key positions in Arizona, it could be a bad time for anyone to go there. Going to be a challenging next few years, thus probably hard to make it out with a job intact.
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    Arizona doesnt have questions at numerous positions. AZ has a championship caliber young defense in place that ranked 4th in the NFL last season via DVOA last year & they just retooled it last year adding a bunch of young talent. Offensively Arizona has a ton of talent already in place, including the best back in the game in Elite All-Pro RB/WR David Johnson. Arizona will getting their top O-Linemen back healthy and will add 1-2 in the draft and free agency, Arizona has 11 picks in the draft and will have roughly 60$M in cap space once they release two more aged expensive veteran players with the cap going up a bit. All Arizona needs is a QB, and with so many top QB’s available this off-season in free agency they will add a veteran QB like Alex Smith or Keenum while also drafting a QB very high. Arizona is arguably the best job available, if they add a top veteran QB they will be a top NFC Contender next season.

  27. Shurmur would be the first guy I interview. Most hot coordinators are on winning teams with HOF QB’s. It’s hard not to look like a whiz kid when you’re coaching Brady or Rodgers, or even Big Ben. Those coaches rarely, if ever, pan out. Most are fired within a couple years. Shurmur has looked good with a number of different QB’s.

  28. If Shurmur leaves, I’d expect Kevin Stefanski to be promoted to OC. He’s the QB coach this year and has also coached TEs and RBs. He’s been with the team for 12 years and was retained by both Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer when they took over as head coach. There’s no doubt he has a lot of talent and should be able to do well after spending a couple years learning from Shurmur.

  29. edenprairieballer says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Bummer. Maybe the best play calling I have ever seen from a Vikings squad. He clearly has good relationships with his players.

    AZ fans who think Keenum is coming with him need to stop dreaming (franchise tag).
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    The Vikings most definitely will NOT pay Case Keenum 25M-30M dollars for 1yr on the franchise tag, no team will. Keenum has played good above average football as a QB this season but its his only season playing at that level, Vikings wont do it especially with Shurmur leaving. Zimmer absolutely LOVES Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer wont let Bridgewater go anywhere. The Vikings will be going after Bridgewater hard, likely signing him to 15M per year/3yr type deal, allowing him to prove he’s worth the big QB money. Keenum will be gone, and in all liklihood will end up in Arizona with Shurmur. If Arizona decides they dont want to take the risk of paying Keenum 15-20M per season then they will trade a 2nd round pick for QB Alex Smith, who is a borderline elite QB, def a top 10 QB. No matter who they sign Arizona will also be drafting a QB high in the draft.

  30. Shurmur is a very good OC but as a HC he was horrible . he couldn’t motivate a fat kid to eat cake . careful what you ask for Cards fans .

  31. Sure are a lot of nervous Packer fans awaiting news that Shurmur is leaving to become a head coach. Of course they want him out of Minnesota. A competent Viking offense with an elite Viking defense makes it almost impossible for them to compete without the aid of the refs bailing out Rodgers and their sorry excuse for a franchise.

  32. hawkkiller says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Zimmer absolutely LOVES Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer wont let Bridgewater go anywhere. The Vikings will be going after Bridgewater hard, likely signing him to 15M per year/3yr type deal, allowing him to prove he’s worth the big QB money.
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    I agree that Zimmer loves Bridgewater but that doesn’t mean the Vikings will need to give him that much money. His knee is still a huge question mark so no other team will be offering big money. The Vikings will be able to sign him for high-end backup money.

  33. In Teddy We Trust says:

    January 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    stellarperformance says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

    The Vikings will screw this up and be looking for another QB next year, after Keenum is gone, Bridgewater confirms he’s Tarvaris Jackson II, and Bradford is an overpaid question mark. Keenum should’ve been under contract one month ago, as soon as the division was clinched. What more do you want? They are looking a gift horse in the mouth and it will soon be too late to do anything about it.
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    I’m not sure how seriously I should take that evaluation, considering it’s coming from the guy who kept telling us Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan would be traded for high draft picks.
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    He’s the same one that keeps saying that Gb will be rated ahead of Minnesota…

    They are both 12-1 for next years super bowl.

    He’s a site clown.

    He once stated , that on his deathbed, he will have his packers memories to look back on.

    I hope he has no family, because if a football team means more to you than your kids, there is seriously something wrong with your life.

  34. no one here has any idea what Head Coach Pat Shurmur can do. Here’s his skillset as Cleveland Browns Head Coach. 1. Get quicksnapped in the first game of season and Andy Dalton hits AJ Green on a 50 yard bomb for TD that sealed the game. 2. Calls running plays to the 3rd string TE who is playing at fullback. Even tho the 3rd string TE never practiced a handoff and never took a carry since the 8th grade(not joking either). 3. Worst clock management ever. 4. Guy has the backbone of a jelly fish. The pride of the Cardinals will die.

    But good luck.

  35. Case Keenum would be foolish to leave the Vikings. This is the first time in his career that he has a team that can win. He fits perfectly with this group. The receivers and O line are just made for him. The defense does a fantastic job of keeping it close. All he has to do is not make any huge mistakes and put a few points on the board. D only give a up 10 points so anything over 10 is most likely a win. People forget this is a team sport. Does he really want to take a chance at finishing his career as a backup which can definitely happen. We love Case here in MN. Which is more important to his career and goals? Following a coach into a new situation with new personnel or staying with a team that fits him perfectly and with a job that is his to lose? They can’t rely on Bradford. He is injured to much to gives him a big contract. I liked Bradford a lot but his body can’t take it. Teddy is a risk as well.
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  36. tokyosandblaster says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:37 am
    Probably won’t affect the Vikings one bit. They overcome this and more every year, and still manage to win the super bowl every year.

    At least that’s how their fans act.

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    Slow your roll playa! You guys LOOK really good to get a Lombardi after several previous attempts. But get ONE before you start talking about being a dynasty. You don’t want to be like SOME of those Seahawks fans who were talking about their young team being a dynasty. A “dynasty” that has the same number of Lombardis as my Saints, the Chiefs, Bucs and Jets.

  37. I suppose this means Sam Bradford is the next Cardinals QB……and then he’ll get injured,Shurmur will get fired and go to another team as QB coach, then another as OC,then Bradford will get injured………………..

  38. I agree that Zimmer loves Bridgewater but that doesn’t mean the Vikings will need to give him that much money. His knee is still a huge question mark so no other team will be offering big money. The Vikings will be able to sign him for high-end backup money.

    But keep in mind that hawkkiller was replying to another Vikings fans post that the Vikes will put the franchise tag on Keenum. Us reasonable people think that is never happening, because the Vikes clearly like Teddy. If they do franchise Keenum, they won’t give Teddy $5 million/year.

  39. tokyosandblaster says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:37 am
    Probably won’t affect the Vikings one bit. They overcome this and more every year, and still manage to win the super bowl every year.

    At least that’s how their fans act.

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    Didnt Ted Thompson proclaim a Super Bowl win in Minnesota during the preseason this year?

    Hows your postseason going?

  40. hawkkiller says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    edenprairieballer says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Bummer. Maybe the best play calling I have ever seen from a Vikings squad. He clearly has good relationships with his players.

    AZ fans who think Keenum is coming with him need to stop dreaming (franchise tag).
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    The Vikings most definitely will NOT pay Case Keenum 25M-30M dollars for 1yr on the franchise tag, no team will. Keenum has played good above average football as a QB this season but its his only season playing at that level, Vikings wont do it especially with Shurmur leaving. Zimmer absolutely LOVES Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer wont let Bridgewater go anywhere. The Vikings will be going after Bridgewater hard, likely signing him to 15M per year/3yr type deal, allowing him to prove he’s worth the big QB money. Keenum will be gone, and in all liklihood will end up in Arizona with Shurmur. If Arizona decides they dont want to take the risk of paying Keenum 15-20M per season then they will trade a 2nd round pick for QB Alex Smith, who is a borderline elite QB, def a top 10 QB. No matter who they sign Arizona will also be drafting a QB high in the draft.
    ————————————————————————————Dude i dont know what your on, but in no way is Alex Smith Elite let alone top 10, and if he was elite do you think Kc would be so ready to cut bait with him, your dreamin

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