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Pat Shurmur expects Chip Kelly to call plays in Philly

Mix of backgrounds for head coach, coordinator interesting Brad Biggs

Print This February 12, 2013, 08:37 AM EST
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The expectation in Philadelphia is that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly will serve as his own play caller.

While Kelly danced around the issue a little bit, his new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was a little bit more revelating.

“Things haven't been totally talked about (between the head coach and offensive coordinator), but the inspiration for this offense is his, and I would anticipate he would be the play caller," Shurmur said, according to Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kelly joked about the process when he was talking at length about the new staff and challenge ahead.

“I will call all the good plays, and Pat will call the bad ones," Kelly cracked.

It’s an interesting mix with Kelly developing a spread attack at the college level and Shurmur having come up through the ranks (in Philadelphia) in a West Coast offense.

“We learned offense maybe a little different way," Shurmur said. "We both understand the important thing is score points and win football games.

“I wanted to go back to work quickly (after being fired as the head coach in Cleveland), and I wanted to help somebody win football games. And I wanted to do it with somebody I would work for that I felt good enough about, and that is why I did it here."

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune


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