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Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur

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On the plays where the quarterbacks had run pass options in the preseason game, how do you think they did with their decisions?**

COACH SHURMUR: If you're talking about the read part of the zone read stuff, I thought they did a good job. There are some plays, of course, where we're reading, whether we're going to hand the ball off or do something on the perimeter. Then there are other plays where he just takes off and runs where maybe he had dropped back, saw something or got a little pressure and then scrambled. I think in both situations those guys did a good job.

How much in those situations when you're pushing tempo, how much is it just on the quarterback, and how much is Chip kind of talking to them in the headset directing what they need to be doing?

COACH SHURMUR: Well, when we call a play, and of course, pace is a big component and pushing the tempo is a big component of it, wewhen we call a play, we've repped them numerous times and we trust that everybody on the field makes good decisions. So when the play goes in, typically when I was calling them, you could give maybe a hint or two to what's going on, but for the most part, the guys are out there making decisions and running the plays we call.

What do you think so far has been the biggest progression for your quarterback in this offense?

COACH SHURMUR: Well, there are some new things we're learning. I would say that's the same for me. It's been very mentally stimulating for me helping Coach Kelly implement his offense here at the Eagles. So I think the players are going through that as well.
Some of the things we're asking the quarterbacks to do, they haven't done in the past, and I think they're really working hard to do what we ask, and I think they've made great progress here through the preseason and of course through the first game.

Is there anybody on Friday who stood out on tape maybe more than they have in practice?

COACH SHURMUR: It's hard to say. We look at that game the other night and you look at it from a team perspective, we didn't win the game. So everybody that's playing in the game is charged with making the plays necessary to win it. So that's number one. Number two, I think when you look at it from a training camp perspective as we're building up to the beginning of the regular season, I think there is a lot there that we can build on.
I think everybody that played, and that's why I don't want to single anybody out, everybody that played made some good plays and there were plenty of errors that we all had to clean up, players and coaches. That is the benefit of these preseason games.
But from the team building standpoint, I think what is important is everybody that played in the game and coached in the game has got to do one or two things more better to win it.

On the plays where they're deciding on screen on the perimeter, getting the ball up, what are some of the keys they're looking at? How many guys are in the box? Is there a key defender? Certain things that quarterbacks are looking for?

COACH SHURMUR: It depends. It depends on what the play call is. But, you know, there's times when they have the ability to hand the ball off to the running back, and then there are times when either the defense takes it away or the numbers are right where you can throw it.

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