After taking the field without an experienced quarterback and playing to a 31-3 loss on Sunday, the Denver Broncos have brought on a former Kansas City Chiefs passer ahead of the teams’ divisional battle in Week 13.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday afternoon, the Broncos are set to sign second-year QB Kyle Shurmur, pending COVID-19 protocols. The 24-year-old is the son of Denver’s current offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
KOA Colorado’s Benjamin Allbright is also reporting that the team had not inquired about adding Shurmur prior to this weekend’s emergency situation that saw all three eligible quarterbacks on roster ruled ineligible to play after being deemed high-risk COVID close contacts within 48 hours of kickoff.
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Kyle Shurmur First Signed With Chiefs in 2019
Shurmur most recently spent time with the Chiefs before the defending Super Bowl champions released him on April 27, 2020 to clear roster space for their incoming 2020 NFL Draft class. He originally signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt in 2019.
“Kansas City was obviously a first-class organization. Great team, great coaches top to bottom,” Shurmur told Sports Illustrated in August. “It was a great experience.”
“They have very high standards, they hold everybody to a high standard and they do things the right way. It doesn’t matter your role – I think everyone has a strong role there and no matter what string you were, whether it’s first or practice squad, or coaches whether you’re the head coach or an assistant coach, everybody is held to a very high standard. That ultimately led to a successful season and all the success they’ve had the past few years. I had a great experience and obviously we had a very successful year so it was a blast.”
After rejoining his alma mater as a volunteer assistant quality control coach and starting his Master’s degree in finance this summer, Shurmur now has a second chance to catch on in the NFL.
Chiefs, Broncos Set to Face Off on Sunday Night
The Broncos will travel to Arrowhead Stadium in less than six days for an AFC West showdown on Sunday Night Football. Denver has dropped its last 10 consecutive contests versus Kansas City, with the last victory coming on the road in Week 2 of the 2015 campaign.
The divisional foes are heading in opposite directions heading into the final stretch of the season. After Sunday’s controversial loss, the Broncos have now dropped three of their last four games and now own a dismal 4-7 record with games against the Chiefs, Panthers, Bills, Chargers and Raiders remaining.
Winners of six straight, Kansas City held off a late-game comeback from Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to improve their record to 10-1 and keep pace with the AFC’s No. 1 seeded Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0). Andy Reid’s squad has now notched double-digit wins in six consecutive seasons and seven-of-eight years under the veteran coach’s leadership dating back to 2013.