The Broncos’ offensive coordinator job was open for 48 hours.
Two days after firing Rich Scangarello, coach Vic Fangio announced Tuesday that former New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur would be the Broncos’ fifth play-caller in as many years.
Shurmur, 54, attended the Houston-Kansas City playoff game (his son, Kyle, is a practice squad quarterback for the Chiefs) on Sunday and spent Monday and Tuesday visiting with Fangio and the Broncos’ offensive staff.
The Broncos will be Shurmur’s fourth stop as offensive coordinator, following St. Louis, Philadelphia and Minnesota. He called the plays for the Rams and Vikings as well as during two-year stints as a head coach in Cleveland and for the Giants.
Shurmur is 43-79 as an NFL play-caller.
“Pat is an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach,” Fangio said in a statement. “Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding.”
As dueling play-callers, Shurmur holds a 3-2 edge over Fangio. All three of Shurmur’s wins (38-10, 20-17 and 23-10) came as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator in 2016-17. Fangio’s two wins came in 2011 (San Francisco 20-10 over St. Louis) and ’16 (Chicago 20-10 over Minnesota).
Shurmur’s first task is deciding how many assistants he retains. The current position coaches are Mike Munchak (offensive line), Zach Azzanni (receivers), Curtis Modkins (running backs), Wade Harman (tight ends) and T.C. McCartney (quarterbacks). Munchak and Azzanni are expected to remain with the Broncos.
“Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents,” Fangio said. “We’re excited to add someone of his caliber to our coaching staff.”
Fangio went with a first-time NFL play-caller in Scangarello last year, but opted for the seasoned route in Shurmur, who has four years of head-coaching experience and seven full years of play-calling chops on his resume.
Throughout his career, Shurmur has earned praise for his work with QB Donovan McNabb, Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Daniel Jones. Shurmur was the New York Giants’ head coach the past two seasons, posting a 9-23 record. He was fired Dec. 30.
The Broncos lack continuity in terms of offensive philosophy, but Shurmur does inherit building blocks in quarterback Drew Lock, running back Phillip Lindsay, receiver Courtland Sutton and tight end Noah Fant at the skill positions.