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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pat Shurmur was not surprised by Nick Foles’ excellence

Nick Foles

Nick Foles became a starting quarterback in the NFL for the first time under the guidance of Pat Shurmur, and the pair’s paths crossed again on Sunday.

Shurmur was the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator in 2013, when Foles, then an unheralded second-year quarterback, set the league alight by going 8-2 in ten starts with 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Foles’s career has taken twists and turns since then, but on Sunday he dominated the Minnesota Vikings to lead Philadelphia to the Super Bowl, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns.

Shurmur, now the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, admitted that he wasn’t shocked to see Foles perform as well as he did.

Many people doubted Foles’s ability after Carson Wentz went down for the year with an ACL injury, to the point that his coach had to affirm that he was the starter heading into the playoffs. It’s safe to say the quarterback has proven the doubters wrong. Shurmur, who certainly played a role in guiding him to where he is today, was never one of them.



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