Pat Shurmur Takes On the Giants

The New York Giants have hired a new main coach named Pat Shurmur hoping he can better them as a team after they missed the playoffs and lost 13 games for the first time in the 92 year history.

AJ Freithoffer, Managing Editor, Sports Editor

Pat Shurmur had coached for the Minnesota Vikings as an offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings before coming to the aid of the New York Giants. Last month, the New York Giants hired David Gettleman as their new general manager. Before coming to the Giants, he worked for the Carolina Panthers as the general manager. Ben Mcadoo, the previous coach of the New York Giants, was quite pleased with how the Giants did in 2016, ending the season with an 11-5 record and taking them to the playoffs. But he was not pleased with the results of this past season since the Giants ended the season with a record of 2-12. Both Pat Shurmur and Ben Mcadoo have proven to be talented in teaching quarterbacks new technique and drills. Thirty-seven year old quarterback Eli Manning, had been working with Mcadoo for a period of time before the team and himself started to take a decline with their playing ability this season. Mcadoo also works with Davis Webb, the backup quarterback for the Giants, whom they drafted in the third round of last April’s NFL draft.

According to the New York Times, “Shurmur’s hiring was an open secret for the last week, but the Giants had to wait to announce the move until the Vikings’ season ended — which occured on Sunday with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship.” On Monday morning, the Giants wanted Shurmur to come out to New Jersey to sign a contract to be the new head coach of the New York Giants professional football organization, and to also introduce him to the New York news area. The winter storm, however, did prevent Shurmur from traveling to the east, so he was forced to go to Alabama instead for the Senior Bowl and fly in to New York later on. Although Mcadoo is not coaching for the New York Giants anymore, his contract hasn’t expired yet, and the organization is still paying for the two remaining years of his contract. A statement was issued on Monday from the Giants owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch, about Pat Shurmur that said, “He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction. 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.”

Shurmur has been an NFL coach for 19 seasons now, including his two years serving as  the head coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12. Unfortunately, however, while he was coaching them, they only won nine of 32 games. While Shurmur was coaching for the Minnesota Vikings, he led them to score the 10th most points scored in the NFL this season. He was an assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 years too. While there, he helped coach tight ends, quarterbacks, and offensive line. In 2009, Shurmur was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. When the New York Giants organization was looking for head coaches to lead the team, Shurmur was the 6th candidate to interview for the position, among the likes of Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, former Denver assistant coach Eric Studesville, Steve Spagnuolo, previously the Giants’ defensive coordinator and interim head coach last season, and two assistants from the New England Patriots: Matt Patricia, the team’s defensive coordinator, and Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator, according to The New York Times.

The Giants are hoping that Shurmur can help their team get their game back together and help them be able to win more games and make it to the playoffs next season, since things went downhill for them this season. The media will keep their eyes on this team once next season begins.