—He's confident Weeden can handle starting, but cautioned several times that there will be growing pains.
"He is a rookie and he's going to be as good as any rookie starting," he said. "Coming into the league he will function as a quarterback as well as anyone in my opinion, but he's still a rookie and it's difficult. But where he is hasn't been a surprise to me, he's right on target."
—Shurmur has developed in his second year as a head coach, and Holmgren senses a confidence he didn't see last season.
"He feels much better about knowing who he has, he's told me that, and that seems to me pretty obvious," Holmgren said. "He's very involved in practice. He's more involved with everybody than he was a year ago. I'm still learning his coaching style, to be honest. Everybody does it their own way. I like when he calls the guys together, they listen to him. He has their attention."
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