Pat Shurmur went 9-23 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012. That record looks a lot better now than it did then. The Browns are 0-15 entering Sunday’s regular-season finale and 1-30 since the start of last year. Fox NFL analyst Charles Davis said Shurmur, now the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, did impressive work to win that many games in Cleveland. “It’s almost black humor,” Davis said. “Pat won nine games in Cleveland. I mean, when you look at where they are now, he must have been doing a heck of a job there.” Davis will serve as the analyst for Minnesota’s game Sunday against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium, the fourth Vikings game will work this season. He said Shurmur, whose Minnesota offense ranks 10th in the NFL in both scoring offense and total offense, is ready for another NFL head coaching position. “I don’t see any reason why not,” Davis said. “Pat has been very creative and very flexible in what he’s done. He’s done a magnificent job.” Shurmur, 52, is expected to draw interest from teams next week when the usual number of head coaches have been fired. Sources said the four offensive-oriented coaches expected to be the most sought after, in no particular order, are Shurmur, New England coordinator Josh McDaniels, Philadelphia coordinator Frank Reich and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.
With Vikings’ offense humming, Pat Shurmur again could be a head coach
Twin Cities | Dec 29