It’s been making the rounds among league circles for the last week or so, but the New York Giants have finally found their new head coach.
The team announced the hiring of Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to their head coach position today, one day after he and the Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Shurmur will replace Ben McAdoo, who was fired at the start of December.
The Vikings offense was blanketed by a fiery Eagles defense, but that didn’t affect Shurmur’s chances of getting the job, nor should it have. He turned the unit into one of the most productive in the NFL during 2017. They finished 11th overall in total offense and passing yardage, as well as 7th on the ground.
That’s all the more impressive considering that the Vikings were starting a backup quarterback for the majority of the season. After Sam Bradford went down with an injury early in the year, Case Keenum stepped in and performed admirably under Shurmur, throwing for over 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Shurmur is experienced as well. After seven seasons with the Eagles as their QB’s coach, he joined the Los Angeles Rams for two years as their OC. That led to him being hired to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. His tenure didn’t last long, however. Shurmur was fired at the end of 2012 after just two seasons and a 9-23 record.
Still, he kept at it, rejoining the Eagles as their OC for the next three years, briefly serving as their interim head coach following Chip Kelly‘s firing. He interviewed to stay on permanently but lost out to current head coach Doug Pederson. From there, he became the Vikings tight ends coach, getting promoted to OC this season after Norv Turner stepped down.
It’s a move that makes a lot of sense for the Giants. They needed a seasoned coach to iron out their locker room issues and to revamp their offense. Their attention will now turn to the quarterback position. Will they keep Eli Manning around? Will Shurmur lure Keenum, a free agent, to East Rutherford? Or will they use the #2 pick in the draft on a long-term prospect? It’ll be an interesting offseason for the boys in blue.
Check out Salute’s offseason preview for the Giants here.