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Broncos’ John Elway talks up new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur, John Elway, Broncos

The Denver Broncos surprisingly fired Rich Scangarello as their offensive coordinator and replaced him with Pat Shurmur in recent weeks. Despite the uncertainty from fans, John Elway is excited to see what the future holds with Shurmur joining the coaching staff.

Via Ryan O’Halloran in the Denver Post:

“Everybody says, ‘Continuity,’” Elway said via The Denver Post. “But continuity is only good if it’s good continuity. We feel good about (Shurmur’s hiring) and it might be something in place for a while.”

Over the past two seasons, Shurmur spent his time as the head coach of the New York Giants. In his two seasons with the Giants, New York boasted an abysmal record of 9-23.

Therefore, the Giants decided to move on from Shurmur and he didn’t have to wait long for another job opportunity. With the Broncos parting ways with Scangarello after one season, Denver immediately targeted Shurmur as their offensive coordinator.

Before becoming the head coach of the Giants, Shurmur had spent seven seasons as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. Arguably, his best year as an offensive coordinator came in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings.

Back in 2017, Shurmur was able to configure an effective offense with Case Keenum as his quarterback. In Shurmur’s offense, Keenum had a career year in 2017 with 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Of course, the Vikings would fall short of making the Super Bowl after being eliminated by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Now, just three years later, Shurmur finds himself in the driver seat as an offensive coordinator.

The Broncos are dire to find someone that can help ease the development of Drew Lock moving forward. For the sake of Denver’s future, hopefully Shurmur is the long-term solution at offensive coordinator under Vic Fangio.