MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Before Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula joined the Broncos' staff in January as the team's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, respectively, they helped Daniel Jones throw for 24 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards as a rookie last season in New York.
Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, who is friends with Jones, said Friday ahead of Super Bowl LIV that he's excited to see what could be in store for his own career.
"If you look at the credentials on all the quarterbacks that they've coached, those guys have turned out to be extremely, extremely good quarterbacks in this league," Lock told DenverBroncos.com on Friday. "I'm excited [as] a young guy to be able to get them at an early stage in my career. They did so well with Daniel last year. Daniel played his butt off. I'm excited to be able to have them now and see where we can take this."
Lock said he has spoken with both Shurmur and Shula since the two were hired earlier this month, but their conversations revolved around leadership and the locker room.
"Just the basics," Lock said of their conversations. "Can't talk any football yet. But once that gets rolling, I'm sure when we're allowed to communicate, we'll communicate about it.
Lock previously interacted with the two coaches when he took a Top 30 visit to New York ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants selected Jones with the sixth pick, and Lock fell to the Broncos at No. 42.
Now, Shurmur and Shula will have a chance to coach the second-year quarterback.
"I tried to watch as [many] New York games [as possible], with Daniel being a friend of mine," Lock said. "It's pretty explosive. They throw the ball down the field. Daniel did himself some running. I'm excited to be able to scoot around a little bit. We'll see how they morph it to fit our personnel and our style and what they think might be best for our team, but I'm confident that they're going to put together a good plan and be ready to go for us."
Lock, who went 4-1 as a starter in 2019, said he's looking forward to taking the first steps toward improving after throwing for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.
"Looking back on it, I'm proud of the way I played, but know that there's a lot of work still left to be done and want to keep improving every single day," Lock said. "[I'm] looking forward to getting home after the Super Bowl and really getting back to work."