I’m down in Mobile this week. I’m stalking coaches and scouts.
The big news in Eagles World is the assistant coaches. Sounds like Pat Shurmur will be the OC. Some like that, some don’t. Here’s the deal. This will be Chip Kelly’s offense. Shurmur will be here to help with the passing game and to help with adjusting to the NFL. Shurmur was a good assistant with the Eagles for years. He did a good job with Sam Bradford in St. Louis and that got him the Browns gig. Things didn’t go well in Cleveland, but Shurmur is a good assistant coach, at the very least.
The other key angle here is that Shurmur is more conservative than Kelly. He’ll be a good sounding board for when Kelly wants to do something. Pat might only talk him out of 2 or 3 moves a year, but if they are the right ones, that is good enough. Shurmur can also learn from Kelly’s aggressive nature and could help him if he gets another shot to run a team.
I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that Shurmur excites me, but part of that is because no OC would. Again, this is going to be Chip Kelly’s offense. The OC needed to be a smart, veteran coach. Shurmur fits the bill.
You never want a staff that all thinks the same way. Andy and Marty both loved to pass. Brad Childress believed in the run. He was a good counter to Andy’s style. Marty was gas on the fire.
There were reports about Bill McGovern becoming the LBs coach. That would be a great move. The Eagles have had less than mega-awesome LB play since 1804…or at least it seems that way. McGovern made BC into a LB factory. They didn’t all become great pros, but they were outstanding college players. Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich were the star pupils. I love the thought of adding someone who knows how to teach and develop LBs.
There was a report mentioning some other names. I don’t have strong opinions on the guys listed. Rick Minter was one. He would be interesting. He recruited Trent Cole to Cincinnati. He also had Rex Ryan working for him as the DC and they ran the 46 defense back in the late 1990s. I don’t know what Minter would do, but he’s got a very good defensive background in college football.
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I’ll be focusing on QBs and DBs.
I’ll let you know each and every Eagles nugget that comes my way.