Broncos name Pat Shurmur new Offensive Coordinator

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 4:10 PM MST
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The Denver Broncos have named Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, Head Coach Vic Fangio announced on Tuesday.


“Pat is an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach. Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding. Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents. We’re excited to add someone of his caliber to our coaching staff.”

A 32-year coaching veteran, Shurmur has 21 seasons of NFL experience, including the last 11 years as a head coach or offensive coordinator.

Shurmur has four years of experience as a head coach, working in that role with the N.Y. Giants from 2018-19 and with Cleveland from 2011-12. He also served as interim head coach for Philadelphia at the end of the 2015 season. He has been an offensive coordinator for seven seasons, previously coaching in that role with Minnesota (2016-17), Philadelphia (2013-15) and St. Louis (2009-10).

During his NFL career, Shurmur has been part of nine playoff teams and seven division champions. He also has coached in six conference championship games as well as Super Bowl XXXIX (2004 season).

Shurmur has coached 14 different offensive players that have combined for 23 Pro Bowl selections. In the last 17 seasons, he also has directly coached six different 3,000-yard passers, four 1,000-yard receivers and three 1,000-yard rushers.

As head coach of the Giants from 2018-19, Shurmur inherited a three-win team and helped the offense improve significantly over the course of his two seasons. Only five NFL clubs produced more big plays (20+ yards, 4.5 per game) than the Giants from 2018-19 despite the team making several personnel changes on offense.

During his first year leading the Giants in 2018, Shurmur helped the offense rank fourth in the league with 76 explosive plays (20+ yards). Veteran quarterback Eli Manning produced one of his most efficient seasons, completing a career-best 66.0 percent of his passes while throwing for 21 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Running back Saquon Barkley, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, totaled more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns while wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. topped 1,000 yards receiving in just 12 games played.

In 2019, rookie quarterback Daniel Jones started 12-of-13 games and threw for more than 3,000 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Before he was named head coach of the Giants, Shurmur spent two years as offensive coordinator for Minnesota. Originally hired as tight ends coach for the Vikings, he was elevated to offensive coordinator nine games into the 2016 season.

Shurmur was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2017 after the Vikings won 13 games and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. The 2017 Vikings squad featured breakout seasons from quarterback Case Keenum (3,547 yds., 22 TD, 7 INT), wide receiver Adam Thielen (1st Team All-Pro; 91 rec., 1,276 yds., 4 TD) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (Pro Bowl, 57 rec., 532 yds., 8 TDs).

Shurmur spent three seasons (2013-15) as offensive coordinator for Philadelphia, helping the Eagles rank third in both yards per game (392.8) and points per game (26.9) in that span. The Eagles’ offense, which featured five different Pro Bowlers, averaged an NFL-best five explosive plays (20+ yards) per game—12 percent more than the next highest team during those three years.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Shurmur worked two seasons (2011-12) as head coach of the Browns and two years (2009-10) as offensive coordinator for the Rams.

Shurmur spent his first 10 NFL seasons with Philadelphia under Head Coach Andy Reid, coaching tight ends and offensive line from 1999-2001 and quarterbacks from 2002-08. During that span, the Eagles made seven postseason appearances, captured five division titles, appeared in two NFC Championship Games and advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX.

As quarterback Donovan McNabb’s position coach for seven seasons, Shurmur helped the perennial Pro Bowler rank fifth in the NFL in passing (241.9 ypg) from 2002-08. In 2004 when the Eagles won the conference championship, McNabb (31 TD, 8 INT) became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 30 touchdowns with fewer than 10 interceptions.

Shurmur spent the first 10 years of his coaching career at his alma mater, Michigan State University, from 1988-97. After serving as a graduate assistant for the Spartans from 1988-89, he coached the tight ends, offensive line and special teams for the school for the next eight seasons under head coaches George Perles and Nick Saban.

Shurmur coached the offensive line at Stanford University in 1998 before advancing to coach in the NFL ranks with Philadelphia beginning in 1999.

A four-year letterman at Michigan State (1984-87), Shurmur spent his final three seasons as the school’s starting center. As a senior team captain in 1987, Shurmur earned All-Big Ten Conference honors while helping his team to a Rose Bowl victory over USC.

Shurmur, who earned a master’s degree in financial administration from MSU, graduated from Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich. His uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, coached in the NFL for 24 seasons. His son, Kyle Shurmur, is a rookie quarterback from Vanderbilt University competing on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.

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