After a 3-13 disaster of a season, the Giants have found their man in Pat Shurmer. Shurmer spent the 2017 campaign as the Vikings offensive coordinator after taking over for Norv Turner who resigned after the 2016 season.
The Giants fired Ben McAdoo as their coach back in December after months of turmoil. The team had been picked by insiders to be a Supebowl contender but an 0-5 start, injuries to key players, suspensions, infighting, and of course the benching of Eli Manning led to the worst season in franchise history.
This also led to the dismissal of longtime general manager Jerry Reese. Reese who took over the GM position back in 2004 was replaced by Dave Gettleman back in Decemeber.
Gettleman promised to rebuild the offensive line, establish a running game,and rebuild the defense back up to the level of what Giants football used to be. Another issue which is resolved is that Eli Manning will be back as starting Quarterback for New York.
Gettleman is very excited about the hire of Shurmer. “I can’t wait to start working with Pat,” said Gettleman. “I know he will provide the type of leadership we need to take our team back to where it belongs. I have followed Pat’s career for many years, and he has had great success wherever he has been. What struck me during our conversation is that being the head coach of the New York Giants is not too big for him. He is made for this moment and this opportunity.”
Under Shurmer’s guidance, the Vikings were ranked 11th in overall offense during the regular season and 5th in the post season. Case Keenum thrived in Shurmer’s system by throwing 22 touchdown passes to only seven interceptions while completing 67% of his passes. Keenum was a third string QB at the time behind the injured Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Braford in the beginning of the season.
“I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” said Shurmur. “I am looking forward to getting to work with Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team. I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support.”
This is not Shurmer’s first opportunity of being head coach as he was the man to lead the Browns for two seasons with a record of 9-23. He then had an opportunity to fill in as the acting head coach with the Eagles after Chip Kelly was let go in 2015 and won his only game.
Shurmer has his work cut out for him as he will attempt to motivate and try and rebuild the mighty defense that was Super Bowl level in 2016. He will also attempt to make the last two years of Eli Manning’s contract his most productive as he will most likely push Gettleman to select a young blue chip QB with the second pick in this years draft and phase Manning out with class.
Tomorrow when Pat Shurmer is introduced to the media, the questions will come about Odell Beckham Jr., Eli Manning, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, JPP, the offensive line, and the dysfunction that was the 2017 season. Shurmer has the mission of rebuilding this franchise and is making nice with the fan base by agreeing that Manning will be under center for at least one more season.
The Giants gave an interview to Steve Spagnuolo who filled in after the McAdoo firing but not only was not chosen for this position but lost his Defensive coordinator position as well. That roll has been filled by James Bettcher who was named Defensive Coordinator earlier this week.
Shurmer will have to address the Odell Beckham Jr. situation as he has had a tough go with the authority figures in front of him. Beckham desperately wants an extension and wants to be the highest paid receiver in the NFL. Time will tell if Shurmer will tolerate his antics.
The rest of the roster issues should start taking shape after the Super Bowl. Who will be cut, resigned, and not renewed. Stay Tuned!!
The Giants will introduce Pat Shurmer to the media tomorrow at 11am at the practice facility.