Welp. We can go ahead and put to rest the notion that Pat Shurmur, who was with the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2010, would be returning home...well, sorta.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Rams asked permission to speak to Shurmur, but there’s been no real news/speculation since. That is until Saturday evening, when it was revealed that he’d be signing with the Vikings...
Great hire... Vikings hire Pat Shurmur to join Mike Zimmer's staff— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 24, 2016
For the Vikings, if this report comes to fruition, it could mean they’re moving on from their OC Norv Turner. Turner, who’s spent the last two seasons with the Vikings, obviously left a lot to be desired in an offense that features Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace, and Kyle Rudolph. The assumption though, is that this move to hire Shurmur is primarily an effort to help develop Bridgewater.
For the Rams, it [potentially] means that NFL.com's Ian Rapoport has been right all along. On more than one occasion, including immediately following the news that the Rams were interested in Shurmur, Rapoport has stood firm that it’s Rob Boras - the team’s current/interim offensive coordinator - that would retain the role.
With Boras at the offensive coordinator position, the Rams won three straight prior to losing the season finale in San Francisco. During those games, the Rams averaged 22.5 points. Prior to that, with Frank Cignetti at the helm, the Rams had averaged less than 16 points per game through the first twelve games of the season.
It appears it’s still a wait-and-see situation at offensive coordinator for the Rams. Or maybe we should just start believing Ian Rapoport and prepare to see more of the Rob Boras-led Rams in the upcoming year.