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Unlike in the case of Colt McCoy, I completely understand the skepticism that has followed new head coach Pat Shurmur leading up to the start of the 2011 season.
He has very little experience in a big time NFL coaching role, and none as a head coach until now. He tapped himself to be his own offensive coordinator back in the spring, a bold (and seemingly foolish) move for a rookie head coach.
And yet, he's delivered thus far exactly as advertised. Obviously, you don't get much credit as a head coach for coming out on top of one preseason game, but Shurmur still definitely deserves some credit for his work last night.
The playcalling looked so superior to what we saw last year that you could barely tell it was the same team. And in a way, it isn't, thanks to the excellent work by the new coaching regime.
Shurmur made no playcalling errors in the game and won his first challenge as an NFL head coach with an astute observation of Green Bay's faux catch in the fourth.
It will take at least a few regular season games before we can say for certain, but it sure seems like the right move for all of us to throw our lots in with Shurmur. A tip of the helmet to you, Pat. I was impressed.