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BREAKING NEWS: Pat Shurmur hired as the head coach of the Jaguars

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  1. Finfangirl

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    Press Release February 1, 2015

    The Jaguars would like to announce that Pat Shurmur has been hired to be the 6th head coach in Jaguars history. Pat brings almost 15 years of NFL coaching experience and 10 years of college coaching experience. In his 15 NFL seasons, he has been a part of eight playoff teams, winning six division crowns and appearing in the Super Bowl.[1]

    Shurmur began working for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, serving as both the tight ends coach and the offensive line coach. Shurmur helped mold tight end Chad Lewis into a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
    In 2002, Shurmur was named the team’s quarterback coach. In that role, Shumur helped shape Donovan McNabb into the most prolific passer in Eagles history. McNabb holds nearly every Eagles career passing record, and in 2008, he set Eagles single-season records with 345 completions and 3,916 yards. In 2004, Shurmur and McNabb helped guide the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1980 season.

    In 2009, Shurmur was hired as the OC for the rams under Steve Spagnola. He helped the Rams improve to a 7–9 record following a 1–15 season in 2009, the second-biggest turnaround in the league in 2010. He guided St. Louis’ offense to improvements in nearly every category including total yards, time of possession and third-down percentage, while they also scored 114 more points than the previous year.
    Under Shurmur’s tutelage, Sam Bradford, the #1 pick in the draft finished the season with a 60.0 completion percentage, 3,512 yards and 18 touchdown passes, winning the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He also set NFL rookie records for most consecutive passes without an interception (169) and most completions (354).

    On January 13, 2011, Shurmur was hired by Mike Holmgren, to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Part of the reason for the hire was Shurmur's past success of developing young quarterbacks such as McNabb and Bradford. The Browns selected quarterback Colt McCoy in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and in McCoy’s first season with Shurmur, he posted the best season of his professional career to date in 2011, throwing for 2,733 yards and 14 touchdown passes in 13 games.

    On January 20, 2013, Shurmur accepted a job with the Philadelphia Eagles as their offensive coordinator. Working alongside new head coach Chip Kelly, Shurmur helped orchestrate one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL. Shurmur led an offense that set a number of team records, including points (442), total net yards (6,676), touchdowns (53), passing yards (4,406) and fewest turnovers (19) en route to an NFC East title. Additionally, the Eagles set an NFL record with 99 plays of 20+ yards and became the first team since the 1991 Buffalo Bills to lead the league in rushing while ranking last in time of possession.

    Shurmur’s propensity for developing young talent at the quarterback position was once again on display in 2013. Second-year QB Nick Foles enjoyed a breakout season under the direction of Shurmur, throwing for 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions while posting the third-best QB rating (119.2) and third-lowest interception percentage (0.63%) in NFL history. Foles also became just the seventh player in league history to throw for seven touchdowns in a game during a match-up against the Oakland Raiders, and one of three who have done so without throwing an interception.

    Pat’s unique ability for developing young QB’s is a very big reason why we are pleased to have him in Jacksonville. We believe we have our franchise QB in Blake Bortles and know that under Pat’s tutelage, Blake will become the QB we envisioned when drafting him We also believe that Pat will bring a new dynamic to our offense, helping our talented young receiving core become elite.

    A press conference will be held on Monday, February 2, 2015
     
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  2. Finfangirl

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    Along with the Shurmur hire, the jaguars would like to welcome wade phillips as the defensive coordinator and Carl Smith as the OC.
     

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