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Why Shurmur wasn't surprised to see Foles win Super Bowl MVP

Why Shurmur wasn't surprised to see Foles win Super Bowl MVP

INDIANAPOLIS — Pat Shurmur has been on both sides of the Nick Foles ledger.

Shurmur was in the black as the Eagles' offensive coordinator in 2013, watching Foles explode for 27 touchdowns and two interceptions while going 8-2 as a starter after stepping in for Michael Vick.

Last season, in the same role with the Vikings, Shurmur was in the red, and seeing red or green, as Foles went off against Minnesota’s league-leading defense to the tune of 352 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 33 passing. The Eagles won, 38-7, and advanced to the Super Bowl. It was Shurmur’s last game with Minnesota.

Shurmur is now the Giants' head coach. And what he saw Foles accomplish as the backup on the road to a Super Bowl MVP came as no shock to him.

"The quarterback piece is obviously very important," Shurmur said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, "and Carson Wentz had an outstanding year and I was with Nick Foles when he had his very best year. So I wasn’t surprised to see that he could lead them the rest of the way.”

Shurmur may or may not get a chance to see Foles up close and personal again this season when his Giants take on the Birds twice.

That depends on Wentz's health and whether Foles is traded this offseason. Knowing Foles' track record with and against him, Shurmur likely won’t be sad to not see him.

Former Eagles assistant named Giants head coach

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Former Eagles assistant named Giants head coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired as the New York Giants head coach.

The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Eagles in the NFC title game.

The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners and fans upset with his handling of the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo took over for the final four games and posted a 1-3 record.

"He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction," co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a statement.

"We interviewed six talented and qualified candidates, and we feel like Pat, with his vision and experience, is the right person to lead our team."

The Giants won't officially introduce Shurmur until Friday. A winter storm in the Midwest is preventing him from coming to New Jersey on Tuesday and he will be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, from Tuesday night through Thursday.

Shurmur returns to the head coaching ranks for the first time since leading the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12. He takes over a troubled team that posted a 3-13 record a year after making the playoffs.

Shurmur was interviewed on Jan. 6 by Mara, new general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams.

Following that meeting in Minneapolis, Shurmur had an hour-long phone conversation with Tisch.

"I can't wait to start working with Pat," said Gettleman. "I know he will provide the type of leadership we need to take our team back to where it belongs. I have followed Pat's career for many years, and he has had great success wherever he has been.

"What struck me during our conversation is that being the head coach of the New York Giants is not too big for him. He is made for this moment and this opportunity."

The Giants interviewed five other candidates, kicking it off with Spagnuolo three days after the season ended.

New York also spoke with New England coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and recently fired Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville, who has since been hired as a running backs coach by the Dolphins. Wilks was hired as the head coach in Arizona on Monday

Shurmur has earned a reputation as a quarterback whisperer. NFC title game opponents Nick Foles of the Eagles and Case Keenum of the Vikings were tutored by him.

With the Giants, Shurmur will get to work with Manning and possibly the No. 2 pick in the draft, if New York uses the pick to pick an heir apparent.

But the Giants also had problems in the locker room. Three defensive backs -- Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple were suspended for a game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said Shurmur constantly put players in position to contribute and he doesn't take anything for granted.

"He's not a stubborn guy. He's going to throw stuff out if it's not working, and he's going to find things that guys are good at," Thielen said Monday as the Vikings cleaned out their lockers.

"So I think as a head coach, he's going to do that on both sides of the ball. Special teams, he's going to find guys who can make plays and let them do what they do. So I think he's going to have a lot of success as a head coach."

Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs nine times and won seven division titles. He was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach when the Eagles played in the Super Bowl against New England in the 2004 season.

Shurmur is finishing his second year with the Vikings. He began last season as the tight ends coach and for the final nine games was also the offensive coordinator, the title he retained this season.

The Vikings finished 10th in the NFL in scoring (23.9 points), 11th in total yardage (356.9), and seventh in rushing yardage (122.3) this season.

Shurmur posted a 9-23 record in his two seasons with the Browns, going there after a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator with the Rams. He spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator after being fired.

Shurmur's NFL coaching career began with a 10-year run (1999-2008) with the Eagles. He coached in college at Stanford and Michigan State.

Vikings OC Norv Turner abruptly resigns, Pat Shurmur to take over

Vikings OC Norv Turner abruptly resigns, Pat Shurmur to take over

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner abruptly resigned Wednesday, two days after Minnesota lost its second consecutive game with its offense nowhere to be found.

The Vikings have scored only 10 points in each of those losses after a 5-0 start to the season. Turner was replaced on an interim basis by Pat Shurmur.

Coach Mike Zimmer picked Turner to run his offense when he was hired by the team in 2014. After two seasons of unremarkable production, Zimmer hired Tony Sparano as offensive line coach and Shurmur as tight ends coach to work with Turner.

That put three former NFL head coaches on the offensive staff. Zimmer said he valued the diversity of perspectives and voices that brought to the strategizing on that side of the ball, but Shurmur's arrival raised plenty of eyebrows around the league since he was overqualified for simply coaching tight ends. This is Shurmur's 18th year in the NFL, including two seasons as Cleveland's head coach and three years as Philadelphia's offensive coordinator.

Last season, Shurmur had Sam Bradford as his quarterback, and his input helped Vikings general manager Rick Spielman make the emergency trade for Bradford on Sept. 3 after Teddy Bridgewater was hurt. Shurmur was also Bradford's offensive coordinator in 2010, the quarterback's rookie year with St. Louis.

Zimmer was scheduled to discuss the move later Wednesday before practice in preparation for the upcoming game against Detroit. The Vikings (5-2) host the Lions on Sunday, still in first place in the NFC North despite their stumble out of the bye.

Turner has been a head coach in the NFL for 15 years. This was his 10th season as an offensive coordinator in the league. The 64-year-old has been with nine different NFL teams. Turner's son, Scott, remains Minnesota's quarterbacks coach.

Steelers: Roethlisberger hopes to play
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says there's still pain in his left knee two weeks after surgery, but isn't ruling himself out of Sunday's game in Baltimore.

Roethlisberger planned to practice on Wednesday. He practiced in a limited capacity last week and again on Monday. He says the key issues for this week are swelling, pain tolerance and the ability to protect himself in the pocket.

Swelling has not been an issue so far though Roethlisberger will continue to monitor the knee as he ramps up his workload. Roethlisberger said the decision on whether he can play will be made by coach Mike Tomlin.

The Steelers (4-3) will go with Landry Jones if Roethlisberger can't play. Jones played respectably in a 27-16 loss to New England on Oct. 23, throwing for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Chiefs: Nick Foles to start Sunday; surgery for Charles
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid had just declared Alex Smith out with a head injury, announced Jamaal Charles was undergoing knee surgery and revealed that Spencer Ware had yet to pass a battery of concussion tests.

Then it started to rain.

It was a fitting soundtrack for a stunningly gloomy midweek briefing.

Reid went on to say defensive lineman Jaye Howard is dealing with a hip flexor injury and offensive lineman Mitch Schwartz will be resting his sore ankle in practice. There is also the belief offensive lineman Parker Ehinger is done for the season with a knee injury.

"It's part of the National Football League," Reid said with a shrug.

The biggest news was that Smith, whose head was slammed off the hard turf in Indianapolis twice last weekend, had been ruled out for the Chiefs' game against Jacksonville.

Smith passed concussion tests after both of the hits, the second of which knocked him from the game, but decided to err on the side of caution.

The decision was made after consulting with an independent neurologist, talking with Reid and others in the front office — including team owner Clark Hunt — and having the results of his concussion tests reviewed by a concussion expert at the University of Pittsburgh.

"There's no blood test where you can go in and take it and they say, `Yeah, you have a concussion,'" Smith said. "I've got three little kids. You only get one brain, far as I know. The last thing I wanted was to go out there and yeah, something happens again and all of a sudden you're asking different questions.

"I'm not ready for that," Smith added. "I don't want to be thinking about any of that."

Nick Foles will start in his place on Sunday and Tyler Bray will serve as the backup, and Smith and Reid both expressed confidence that he will be available the following week at Carolina.