They may be pitted against each other, but some Eagles players have nothing bad to say about their former coach, Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur will be on the opposite sideline with a Vikings headset on at Lincoln Financial Field facing his former team with a Super Bowl berth on the line. It will be weird for the 52-year-old having spent many seasons with the Eagles, from 1998-2008 as a position coach as well as a return from 2013-15 as the team's offensive coordinator.
Now, he acts as the Vikings offensive coordinator, and has received nothing but praise from head coach Mike Zimmer and others within the organization. He also made an impact with several Eagles players that won't forget what he has done for their careers.
"I was happy for him," OT Lane Johnson told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "No animosity. He's helped me in my career. He's well-respected around this building. We wish him the best."
Tight end Brent Celek added: "He's one of my favorite coaches I've played for. He's got a great personality, a great dude, on the field and off the field. I've got a lot of respect for him. If he goes to (the Giants), I wish him a lot of luck except for the two games he plays the Eagles."
That's one thing Shurmur will have to get used to if he takes the Giants' job. He will be playing his former team twice a year, but he will know what to expect when stepping into Philly with blue and red on.
One of the main questions with Shurmur, though, has been his quiet nature, and if he can control a locker room -- especially one that had several in-house problems last season like the Giants. Johnson backed Shurmur's abilitiy to handle players.
"Pat was well-loved by everyone in the building," he said. "His knowledge of his game, but as far as his temperament, he knows how to handle a lot of players. And I think he's a very good offensive mind as far as rhythm. He knows how to call a game."
Whether or not Shurmur would call his own game like former head coach Ben McAdoo did is also to be found out. Shurmur, though, will be focused on beating his former team, and making it to the Super Bowl.