Clear road for Shurmur

The Baltimore Sun

As Ravens coach John Harbaugh continued to contemplate the makeup of his coaching staff yesterday behind closed doors at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills, one hurdle for a potential assistant has been removed.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday that he would not block quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur from leaving and joining Harbaugh's staff.

Reid, who was in Mobile, Ala., watching college prospects practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl, told reporters from the Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer that Shurmur is free to become the Ravens' offensive coordinator if Harbaugh wants him.

"Pat's been with me a long time, and if he has a chance to move on in that capacity, I'd welcome it for him," Reid said, adding, "He's a good one. You don't want to lose him, but as long as you have other guys that can fit in, then you're OK. You reach a point where this stuff is going to happen."

Harbaugh was unavailable to comment, a team spokesman said.

Shurmur, 42, has been an assistant with the Eagles since Reid arrived in Philadelphia in 1999. The tight ends coach for his first three years, Shurmur recently completed his sixth season as the quarterbacks coach.

Shurmur, who also was in Mobile, declined to comment. Described as a close friend of Harbaugh's, Shurmur interviewed two years ago to become the New York Jets' offensive coordinator, a job that eventually went to Brian Schottenheimer.

Another offensive coordinator candidate is Cam Cameron, who was recently fired as Miami Dolphins coach. Cameron was the head coach at Indiana University in 1997 when Harbaugh coached defensive backs and special teams for the Hoosiers.

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