Rams Hiring Shurmur

The Eagles probably won't have a new quarterback for the 2009 season, but they will have a new quarterbacks coach.

A league source confirmed to Eagletarian Tuesday that St. Louis is about to announce the hiring of Pat Shurmur as its offensive coordinator. Shurmur, 43, has coached Eagles QBs the past seven seasons. Before that he spent three years coaching tight ends. He worked closely with new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was an Eagles assistant for eight years, before leaving for the Giants two years ago.

The Rams apparently are not hiring Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott as their defensive coordinator. Though McDermott also has a close relationship with Spagnuolo, the Rams are said to be hiring Carolina linebackers coach Ken Flajole. The Eagles have lost quite a few potential successors to 67-year-old defensive coordinator Jim Johnson over the past several years -- including Spagnuolo -- and they are not keen on losing McDermott

Johnson finished the season in serious pain from a back problem, which prevented him from coaching on the sideline the final two playoff games..