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Los Angeles Rams: Looking to Bring Back Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur?

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In 2009, fresh off a woeful 2-14 season, the St. Louis Rams named Steve Spagnuolo as their new head coach.  He, in turn, brought in Pat Shurmur as the team’s offensive coordinator.  Just when Rams’ fans thought things couldn’t get any worse, they lead the Rams to a 1-15 record in their first season together...good for worst in the league, and franchise history.

Are you still with me?  Hope so.

The following season, after drafting Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Rams would come the closest they have [to date] to making the postseason, dinking and dunking their way to 7-9 record.  No dice.

And that was the end of the Pat Shurmur era with the Rams.  But it may not be his last stint with the team.

According to Jason La Canfora, the Rams have asked permission to interview Shurmur for their offensive coordinator position...again.

Following the 2010 season with the Rams, Shurmur went on to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns.  In his two seasons there, the Browns went 9-23.

Fast forward.  Shurmur, most recently, was the interim head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, following the team’s firing of Chip Kelly after Week 16.  He’d been their offensive coordinator since 2013. The Shurmur-lead Eagles beat the Giants in the season finale; a game which will send the Giants to London to take on the Rams in 2016.

Interim, no more.  Yesterday, the Eagles hired Doug Pederson - who thinks Sam Bradford is "top notch quarterback" who will "fit perfectly" with what they’re trying to do - as their new head coach.  And it looks as if it’s going to be Frank Reich who’ll take over Shurmur’s former role.

As for the Rams, it was Frank Cignetti who called the plays for the Rams in least most of the season.  He was fired on Dec. 7th, following a 27-3 home loss to the Cardinals.  Replacing him was the team’s tight ends coach, Rob Boras, who was a potential candidate for the offensive coordinator position prior to the 2015 season.  He’d vomit, unofficially, four times prior to his first game as offensive coordinator.

Jeff Fisher, at the end of the year, made no promises about Boras’ certainty to retain his position.  And so they interviewed.  The team met with John DeFilippo, who held the same position with the Browns in 2015, just a few weeks ago.  The same day the team announced they’d be moving back to Los Angeles, to be exact.

But that fell through, and it appeared it was Boras’ job once again.

Welp.  So much for confidence.