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Pat Shurmur Favorite for Both Arizona Cardinals and NY Giants Head Coach Jobs

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As the NFL coaching carousel turns, it appears that current Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur has become a hot commodity. His name appears as the favorite for both the Arizona Cardinals, replacing Bruce Arians, and the NY Giants, replacing the fired Ben McAdoo. Obviously Shurmur has other things on his plate at the moment as the Vikings prepare to take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round today.

Pat Shurmur does have a long history of coaching experience at both the college and NFL levels. He started as a Graduate Assistant at Michigan State under George Perles. The next season he was kept on staff, which continued for 7 seasons, in which Shurmur moved on to coach Tight Ends, Offensive Line and eventually Special Teams Coordinator. In 1998, he was named Offensive Line Coach at Stanford under Tyrone Willingham.

When Andy Reid was hired in Philadelphia in 1999, he plucked Shurmur to be his Tight Ends and Offensive Line Coach. In 2002, Shurmur took over coaching the Eagles Quarterbacks, until 2008.

For the 2009 NFL season, Shurmur was plucked from Philadelphia and named Offensive Coordinator under new coach Steve Spagnolo for the St. Louis Rams. After struggling through a 1-15 2009 season, the Rams selected Oklahoma Sooner Sam Bradford in the NFL draft and they went on to win 7 games and Bradford was named Offensive Rookie of the Year under Shurmur’s tutelage. That turn around and development of Bradford, enticed the Cleveland Browns to select Pat Shurmur as their Head Coach in 2011.

Browns front office staff hoped, Shurmur could work his magic with newly drafted Colt McCoy, but contract negotiations between the league and the players association limited off season work. The team struggled to a 4-12 record. In the offseason, the Browns drafted Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden in the first round.

In 2012, the team again struggled to a 5-12 record and new ownership fired Shurmur. The next season he latched on with the Philadelphia Eagles as their Offensive Coordinator under Chip Kelly. That lasted two season before the entire coaching staff was replaced in 2016. Shurmur moved on to the Minnesota Vikings, where he started as Tight Ends coach before moving on to his current position of Offensive Coordinator.

The season that the Minnesota Vikings are having combined with the excellent offensive numbers the team has put up has made Pat Shurmur a candidate across the NFL for a head coaching position again. Case Keenum and the offensive have scored an average of 23.9 points per game, which is 10th best in the NFL. All with playing without their starting QB Sam Bradford, and losing rookie sensation Dalvin Cook midseason to a knee injury.

Pat Shurmur may have his choice of either the Arizona Cardinals or New York Giants head coaching position. Both teams have their strong points, but most believe the New York Giants will eventually win out.

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Jags’ Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, Others Remain Questionable

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a number of players on the mend, and running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Fournette and Ramsey aren’t alone, as running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback D.J. Hayden, and right guard A.J. Cann are all questionable as well.

Fournette will likely be a gametime decision.

“We’ve been playing a lot of tough games,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “Players are doing the best job they can to get themselves ready to go, but we played a home opener in New York. We played a home opener here. Now we’ve got a divisional opponent.

“When you look at it a lot of teams are going through the same thing, just trying to keep everybody as healthy as they possibly can.”

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Bengals’ Billy Price Out with Leg Injury

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without rookie center Billy Price as he is dealing with a lower left leg injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr.

“Finally figured out what it was this morning,” Price said. “Last couple days was just trying to figure out what it is and what’s the plan going forward. They thought it was an ankle now turned to a foot, there wasn’t any swelling and it wasn’t Lisfranc, so just thankful for that. That’s great news.”

Price will be re-evaluated in two weeks by doctors.

 

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Patriots Sign Corey Coleman To Practice Squad

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The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad earlier this week, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

New England originally signed Coleman to its 53-man roster last week, but he was cut when the Patriots acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Pats then opted to add Coleman to their practice squad.

Coleman is close to being out of the NFL completely after his cut from the Buffalo Bills, following his bottoming out with the Cleveland Browns.

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