Zimmer on Shurmur's full role: 'We're not really into titles'

BY foxsports • January 29, 2016

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has bolstered his staff by adding Pat Shurmur, who previously served as Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator and interim head coach. Before that he spent two seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

With the Vikings, Shurmur has been named tight ends coach. His experience, however, should permeate the entire offense.

Zimmer said his team doesn't give fancy secondary titles to reflect that type of impact.

Via Tim Yotter of Viking Update:

We’re not really into titles. We just want guys that want to work and guys that want to be there. Pat was excited to be there. I think he was excited with the guys offensively to work with in (Kyle) Rudolph and also the team. I think he thinks they have a chance to do some good things.

He’s had experience. He’s been with a lot of different offenses, been a head coach, been an offensive coordinator. He’s coached the tight ends before,” Zimmer said. “He’s had some experience with the Philadelphia offense, the West Coast offense. I think it’s just good to get more guys in that have input.

Shurmur is one of three former head coaches on Minnesota's coaching staff. The other two are offensive coordinator Norv Turner and offensive line coach Tony Sparano. Turner coached the Washington Redskins (1994-2000), Oakland Raiders (2004-2005) and San Diego Chargers (2007-2012); Sparano coached the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011.

Shurmur's primary responsibility with the Vikings is to help tight ends Kyle Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt reach the next level. Any additional impact on the offense is a welcomed plus.



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