Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur addressed the media concerning the atmosphere in the quarterback’s room in preparation of a game. With second-year player Nick Foles playing well in the absence of injured starting quarterback Michael Vick, many have questioned if the positive public relationship between the two is actually real. According to Shurmur, it is.
“I’ve mentioned it in the past. I think that quarterback room is very healthy. I think there’s good learning that goes on there. You always work on fundamentals. You’re always getting ready to play the next opponent, our plays kind of match with how we’re trying to attack a new opponent. But I’ve seen a very healthy relationship there. I think everybody understands in that room that we’re trying to get the starter ready to play. Then the guys that aren’t starting are working on their fundamentals so that, given an opportunity to get in the game, they can have success.”
When asked directly about Vick and Foles, Shurmur answered:
“I think Mike’s been terrific. I think part of this business, if you’re a player, every once in a while you get injured. Then the process that you go through to come back and become healthy again, Mike has done a good job with that. In that quarterback room, I’ve been in there at times, and I see that there’s some good learning. Mike is trying to help Nick as much as he can, but he’s also trying to get himself ready to play in the event he goes into the game.”
What is clear in these statements is the maturity of Vick and the mutual respect the two players have for one another. Both seem to care simply about winning, regardless of who is taking the snaps and who is holding the clipboard. And that could only mean good things for Philadelphia.