Former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was named The Associated Press’ NFL Assistant Coach of the Year during NFL Honors ceremonies at Northrop Auditorium on Saturday night.
Shurmur, now the head coach of the New York Giants, oversaw the Vikings’ 10th-ranked scoring offense that ranked 11th in total yards. The Vikings ranked 23rd and 28th in those categories the previous season.
Shurmur is the fourth-ever AP Assistant Coach of the Year since the honor’s inception in 2014. Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Broncos DC Wade Phillips and Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan previously earned the award.
He’s the third assistant of the year to go on and earn a head coaching opportunity. Shurmur accepted the Giants job after the Vikings fell 38-7 to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.