Pat Shurmur named top assistant coach of 2017

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Pat Shurmur is no longer the offensive coordinator of the Vikings, but he got recognized for the work he did in that job at the NFL Honors show in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Shurmur was named the assistant coach of the year for his work piloting the Vikings offense. That effort pushed him into several head coaching searches and he was hired by the Giants shortly after the Vikings’ season ended with an NFC Championship Game loss to the Eagles.

The Vikings opened the season with Sam Bradford at quarterback, but had to turn to Case Keenum in Week Two because of Bradford’s latest bout of knee trouble. Keenum turned in an excellent season and Shurmur also kept the offense humming after rookie running back Dalvin Cook was lost for the year with a torn ACL.

This is the fourth year that the Associated Press has held a vote for assistant coach of the year. Shurmur is the third winner — Todd Bowles and Kyle Shanahan were the others — who moved on to a head coaching job. Wade Phillips, who won as Broncos defensive coordinator two years ago, is the only exception.

10 responses to “Pat Shurmur named top assistant coach of 2017

  1. It is just too bad he mentally left the Vikings for the Giants BEFORE they were finished playing, What Game OH… the NFC Championship game!

  2. Bowles and Shanahan made lemonade out of lemons (JG and a healthy Josh M proves that QB’s can make or break the best of them.

    What Bowles did with a terrible and dysfunctional franchise is 2nd to what McVay did. I know, you are what your record says you are. Well the Jets won 5 more games than anyone thought was possible.

    I hope Shurmur can do the same for the Giants. They have more talent than both those teams, so we shall see.

  3. kingthielenscourt says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    It is just too bad he mentally left the Vikings for the Giants BEFORE they were finished playing,

    So even if we assume Shurmur “mentally left” the Vikings before the Championship game, it doesn’t bode well that nobody else was able to make a play on offense.

    My next question: Who mentally left the Vikings defense? Cuz they played Packeresque.

  4. If the voting is done after the postseason the winning coach will always be a coordinator in the Super Bowl.

    Keep it on the regular season. It’s a team sport, and the playoffs are a different season.

  5. I agree with Pat winning it. Other than Cook, Diggs, Rudolph and Thielen, he had below average to straight up poor talent to work with across the offense. Yes, the defensive quality made it easier, but that offense was average to above average even on its own. Well deserved.

    PS: Now that he’s gone, and the Vikings STILL don’t have a QB, let’s all laugh at how awful their offense will be again next year. 🙂


  6. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    February 4, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I agree with Pat winning it. Other than Cook, Diggs, Rudolph and Thielen.
    The players you mentioned Cook, Diggs, Rudolph & Thielen are the reason it won’t be awful though. You haven’t seen their draft or who they get at QB. Premature, very premature.

  7. Don’t blame Shurmur for the Eagles loss. The Eagles were the better team. The Pats and the Eagles were better teams. Let’s be honest having said that I am interested in the off season moves to improve the Vikings.

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