We have another potential name for the Redskins offensive coordinator search. Grant Paulsen reports that recently fired former New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur has been discussed for the OC job. current OC Kevin O'Connell has already interviewed, and was viewed as the early favorite to retain his position. Then word came out that new Head Coach Ron Rivera was interviewing former Panthers QB Coach/OC Scott Turner. He is also reportedly an option for QB coach.
Rivera obviously needs to get this hire right. The Redskins have Kevin O'Connell signed through next season, and could retain him to continue developing 1st round QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. He is also one of the less-experienced OC in the NFL, and Rivera might value experience on offense since he is a defensive coach.
Pat Shurmur definitely brings that experience. He started his NFL coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles as their TE/OL coach in 1999. He moved on to QB coach with Philly before getting his first OC job with the St. Louis Rams in 2009. He got his first shot at head coach with the Browns two years later. After two years with the Browns, he joined Chip Kelly for his destined to fail run with the Eagles as the OC. His final stop before taking over in New Jersey was with the Vikings as their TE Coach/OC.
That's plenty of experience if that's your biggest qualification for the job. Rivera has reportedly already hired two coaches from his Panthers offensive coaching staff. He is bringing WR coach Jim Hostler and OL Coach John Matsko. No coaching hires are expected to be officially announced until next week after the wildcard playoff games are over.
Former Panthers OC Scott Turner and holdover Redskins OC Kevin O'Connell have already interviewed for the job. Shurmur is the other name in the mix. Position assistants are being brought in without a coordinator named yet.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) January 5, 2020
The Redskins have indeed shown interest in Pat Shurmur as @granthpaulsen tweeted. However: no interview as of yet and not sure if there will be one. Not yet a two way street in regards to interest. Could depend on happens with KOC. Even then, not sold on PS interest.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 5, 2020