Lions reportedly request interviews with Pat Shurmur, Matt Patricia

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The Lions’ list of coaching candidates continues to grow Monday morning.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports the team has requested an interview with Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur while Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they would also like to interview Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Detroit’s interest in Patricia, who was in New England when Lions General Manager Bob Quinn was in the front office, was reported before they fired Jim Caldwell on Monday.

The Giants have also reportedly requested an interview with Patricia and the Lions have also been linked to Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks since letting Caldwell go.

Shurmur was 9-23 over two years as the Browns head coach and went 1-0 as the Eagles interim coach after Chip Kelly was fired during the 2015 season. He took over as offensive coordinator in Minnesota last year when Norv Turner stepped down and the Vikings finished the 2017 regular season 10th in points scored.

24 responses to “Lions reportedly request interviews with Pat Shurmur, Matt Patricia

  1. Somewhere. Rob Ryan sits by the phone in a double-wide trailer, wearing an adult onesie stained with mushroom gravy and teardrops.

  2. Shurmur has done good things in Minnesota. He is a bright mind. He would be a good coach in Detroit. He for sure should be interviewed, and based on what he has done in Minnesota, Id be fine with the Lions hiring him. He is also from Michigan, as is his wife. No one can hold the Cleveland thing against him. The Browns wont win anything until they have a QB.

  3. Shurmur is not a head coach as we’ve all seen before but can be oc. The lions issues is not the offense but needs genius defensive minded dc. And if I was Shurmur I would not want to go there, especially having to face Zim’s defense twice a year. Plus, Lions will always be the lions. Even belicheat wouldn’t be able to do anything with that team.

  4. darkneptune73 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Shurmur sucks as a head coach. Why don’t teams realize that?


    FAKE NEWS! You try getting 9 wins out of the Cleveland Browns! In retrospect the man is probably a great head coach lmao

  5. Shurmur sucks as a head coach. Why don’t teams realize that?

    Not the offensive coordinator some people think he is either. Some weeks he’s on fire, other weeks he’s atrocious. Better than Norv, no double, but way too inconsistent.

  6. darkneptune73 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Shurmur sucks as a head coach. Why don’t teams realize that?

    And you base that on what exactly? 2 seasons with the hapless Brownies that provided him with Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden and Thad Lewis as his QB’s? I don’t think Shurmur is the right candidate for the Lions job but that’s because they would be better served to focus more on the defensive side of the ball.

  7. Laughed at the post about the Vikings keeping their OC away from the Lions. Belichick has blessed guys coaching rivals and even traded Bledsoe to the Bills. You don’t limit the opportunities of people that have worked hard for you because you’re scared their success will limit yours. You welcome the competition.

  8. fwippel says:
    January 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm
    Zimmer should deny any NFC North team access to Shurmer. You don’t let your assistants go to work for one of your biggest rivals.


    Probably because he can’t block an interview that would be a promotion. IIRC the NFL will allow a lateral move block but going from OC to HC – you can’t block that.

  9. One would think that a deep playoff run would help the candidacy of both Patricia and Shurmur, but teams generally don’t have the patience to wait until after the Super Bowl to announce new hires. They run the risk of teams hiring away some very good people while they wait.

  10. Adam Kachur says:

    January 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

    shurmur is a bum. minnesota sheeple actually think he’s any good. yeah right.

    How is he a bum? In MN they have a third string QB (Case Freaking Keenum), star Running Back is on IR, Offensive Lineman have been in and out of the lineup all year, The WR’s are not any huge names (Adam Theilen) and you turn that into a top 10 offense, that is bad work huh? He has helped the team win 13 games with not any huge names in the offense.

    It can be argued that maybe he isn’t a good head coach, but to say he is a bum is such a bad take. He has done so much, with so little compared to other teams that drop dead when their QB and RB are out of the lineup (Green Bay Packers). His one crack at HC was with the Browns, and nobody wins in Cleveland.

    As a MN fan I hope he stays here as our OC, but I can’t believe anybody would say this guy isn’t guy isn’t talented. Case Keenum is second in complete QBR Metric largely because of his offensive scheme.

  11. Teams can’t deny access to assistants to interview for a promotion if they are on their bye week. Teams still have to formally request permission, but it is up to the candidate, not the team, to accept or deny the requests.

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