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Big Blue Report: Defiant To The End

Pat Shurmur met with the media last night after the Giants fell 34-17 against the Philadelphia Eagles to discuss not only the team’s future but his own. Shurmur came off very defiant in his message about not having any conversations with management.

“I haven’t had those types of conversations” Said Shurmur. “If and when I do, I’m not going to talk to you about it. At some point, what is said will be revealed. If I’m back, I’m looking forward to working with this young talent. If I’m not, whoever is coaching this team has got a great group of young players, the dead money goes away, there’s going to be cap space, we’ve got picks. So, there’s ways to improve the team.”

“If I’m not here, that’s what the new coach has to look forward to” Shurmur continued. “If I am here, I can’t wait to get back to work. That’s about as honest and clear as I can make it. But, I will say this— I don’t have anything planned to talk to ownership at this point. Typically, that’s what you do when the season is over, and I will never share with you what those conversations reveal.” 

The Giants struggled in the first half of the game against the Eagles but came a live in the second half which made Big Blue crew thinking upset and knocking Philly out of the playoffs.

Then Fletcher Cox recovered a Daniel Jones’ fumble and ran it to the 2. Then from there, Boston Scott ran it in for a 27-17 lead.

Scott scored on second-half touchdown runs of seven, two and two yards. He joined Arizona’s Chase Edmonds as backs who ran for three scores against the Giants this season.

Scott’s first TD run gave Philadelphia a 17-10 lead. The Eagles started that drive at their 38 after Cre’Von LeBlanc batted down a pass on fourth down.

The Giants discussed a lot about their young core players like Jones and Saquon Barkley. Shurmur has done an excellent job of growing these young talents.

Jones threw a career high 47 passes completing 28 completions for 301 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Jones tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate to tie it at 10-10 on the opening drive of the third quarter.

Barkley rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown that tied the score, 17-17, in the third quarter. The output increased his season total to 1,003 yards. He is the first player in Giants history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons and the first with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Brandon Jacobs in 2007-08.

Barkley was asked about the coaching situation and if he believes in the current staff right now.

“I believe in the coaching staff” Barkley stated during his postgame media session. “Obviously, it’s a results-based sport and business, but you can’t point the finger at one person. There are a lot of things in this game that I could have done better or this person or that person could have done better. At the end of the day, it’s a team sport, we all have to find ways to win games.” 

Kaden Smith led the Giants with career-high totals of eight receptions for 98 yards. Wide receivers Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard each had five catches. Tate caught a 20-yard touchdown pass.

At the end of the media session a defensive Pat shurmur was asked if he felt if this was the end, is the team in a better position then when he found it.

“I think so, I do” Shurmur explained. “These guys battled. We can talk about the dynamics of how the team was built and where it’s going. We’re building a team. A lot of dead money this year, a lot of cap space next year, and some prime picks where we can use the draft wisely and make decisions on making this team better with impact players. You need to have a quarterback, you need to be able to play defense, you need to run the ball. On defense, you need to have impact players that when they game is on the line can do things. We have some strung throughout this roster and we’ll have a chance to go get more. I think that’s exciting.”

We hope to have some answers by later today on Shurmur and his future. 

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