Pat Shurmur the favorite to be the Cardinals' next head coach

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

The Cardinals just lost quarterback Carson Palmer to retirement so the move for Keenum and Shurmur to Arizona would make a lot of sense.

There are rumors that Shurmur wouldn't be coming alone either, he resonated quarterback Case Keenum's career this season and may bring his quarterback along with him.

Shurmur was hired by the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016 but was promoted to interim offensive coordinator midseason when Norv Turner resigned after a 5-2 start. He finished off the year with a total of 1,156 yards and six touchdowns.

Despite some of the openings being filled this week, the Vikings' offensive coordinator is reportedly still the favorite to land a job as a head coach for at least one team.

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That seems like an odd reason to hire someone as a head coach. He spent 2011 and 2012 at the helm of the Cleveland Browns, going 4-12 and then 5-11 before being fired.

The Cardinals have interviewed eight candidates for their vacant head-coaching job: Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and linebackers coach Brian Flores, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher and Falcons special-teams coach Keith Armstrong.

Arizona would be unable to hire Shurmur officially until the Vikings' season is over, which could be as soon as Sunday evening or as late as after Super Bowl LII on February 4.

According to ABC 15, the 48-year-old Wilks "is right behind Shurmur at the top of the Cardinals' list".

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