The playbook that emerges from a Pat Shurmur-Mike Shula pairing is one former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer would like to get his hands on.
Like others around the NFL, Dilfer initially was surprised when newly minted head coach Shurmur hired Shula to be Giants offensive coordinator. Though both quarterback-minded, they previously have not worked together and run different style offenses.
That’s one side of the story. To borrow wording from climactic scene in Jerry Maguire, how does Shurmur complete Shula?
“For Mike, being exposed to true West Coast philosophy of installation and teaching progression, I think is really important,” Dilfer said. “Every coach has to be under a true West Coast blue-blood guy at some point: Because they just teach it better than others.”
Giants players will get their first real look at the new offense Monday, when the voluntary portion of the offseason program begins. The NFL offseason ban on players and coaches talking schematics will be lifted as film study and meetings start.
Because of the type of personnel movement inside the division, the Saints should feel like they’re on very solid ground as the frontrunner heading into 2018.
Yes, the Saints will face the Rams this upcoming season thanks to the first-place scheduling. But the lack of major movement within the division certainly benefits the Saints at this point.
New Orleans probably flirted with more notable big-named free agents than anyone else in the NFC South. The Saints briefly dated players like Ndamukong Suh, Jimmy Graham, Jordy Nelson and Muhammad Wilkerson. They didn’t dive into any Las Vegas weddings with any of these players, though, electing to a more frugal and measured approach.
The Saints improved at linebacker by inking Demario Davis. They addressed a hole at tight end by nabbing Benjamin Watson. New Orleans beefed up at cornerback by bringing back Patrick Robinson.