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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Shurmur has high expectations for Foles

By Andy Jasner

Quarterback Nick Foles threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title last season.

It was a scintillating performance from beginning to end.

Foles’ 119.2 quarterback rating was tops in the league.

Trying to top those numbers will be difficult. But Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is confident that Foles can be even better in 2014.

“I think there were many things he could have done better last year,” Shurmur told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “He's one of the guys who has really improved through the spring training here. He's going to be a better quarterback as far as I'm concerned. I think he's looking forward to getting it going though.”

Foles is one of the hardest working players in the NFL. Combined with the confidence gained from last season, Shurmur expects the third-year quarterback to be more polished.

“When you sit back after the year, watch it all, and then come back in and re-practice all of those things, go back through the fundamentals, it allows you to get the ball out quicker,” Shurmur said. “I think quarterbacks get rid of the ball quicker, they make quicker decisions, when they are more familiar with the progressions. ... That just comes over time as you get used to doing things over and over and over.”