The biggest mystery of 2016 — hey, it’s early in the year — has been solved.
The Vikings announced this afternoon that Pat Shurmur will coach tight ends during the 2016 season and that the old tight ends coach, Kevin Stefanski, will slide over to replace Kirby Wilson as running backs coach.
Shurmur’s previously-undefined role led to wild speculation and a great deal of wonder in Vikingsland. But in the end, Shurmur will be back coaching a position he first oversaw when he broke into the league in 1999.
Shurmur got his start with the Eagles as their tight ends and offensive line coach that year. He later coached quarterbacks for the Eagles before the Rams hired him as their offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2010. After a two-year stint as Browns head coach, Shurmur worked as the offensive coordinator for the Eagles the past three seasons.
Shurmur is the third former head coach on Mike Zimmer’s staff, along with offensive coordinator Norv Turner and offensive line coach Tony Sparano.