The Oakland Raiders will interview one of the NFL’s top offensive minds for their vacant head coaching job, as Philadelphia Eagles coordinator Pat Shurmur will head to the Bay Area to meet with Raiders brass.
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The NFL’s annual rite of passage — the vacant Oakland Raiders head coaching job — now has its first candidate, as Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will interview for the position.
Shurmur has head coaching experience, having served as the Cleveland Browns lead man from 2011-12, compiling a 9-23 mark. He then joined the Eagles, where he has helped evolve Chip Kelly’s offense into one of the league’s most productive units. Philly has ranked in the top five in both scoring and total yards in Shurmur’s two seasons at the helm.
“I’ve never really thought about that,” he said last week when asked if he thought he would receive another head coaching opportunity. “I worry about doing my job. If somebody thinks that you’re the guy they want to lead their organization, they’ll tap you on your shoulder and ask you what you think.”
Whether it ends up being Shurmur or not, the Raiders will enter next season with their ninth head coach since Jon Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2001 season. Shurmur would be a heck of a pick for Oakland considering the offense finished dead last in yardage and was 31st in scoring this past season. The 2014 campaign marked the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that the Raiders finished 16th or worst in scoring and the eighth time they ranked 18th or worse in yardage.
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