Giants to hire Pat Shurmur as head coach

Ebony Scott
January 16, 2018

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the top choice to fill the New York Giants' vacancy at head coach, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Multiple outlets reported Monday afternoon that Shurmur will accept the offer, making him the sixth straight Giants head coach since Bill Parcells departed the team in 1991 with an offensive background. He also served as interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 after Chip Kelly was sacked, going 1-0 in his lone game.

Shurmur was also credited with the albeit brief resurgence of Sam Bradford under centre during the Vikings' last campaign.

Shurmur brings head coaching experience to the Giants after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, with whom he went 9-23.

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While Shurmur has been creating miracles with Keenum in Minnesota, he will be entering a somewhat uncertain quarterbacking scenario in NY.

A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Shurmur has held his current spot as Vikings offensive coordinator since 2016, when he took over for Norv Turner, who departed midseason. Shurmur can't negotiate or ink a deal with the Giants before the Vikings season ends. Could Vikings quarterback Case Keenum soon follow? Minnesota finished 11th in passing yards per game with 234.6.

Not many offensive coordinators would be able to lose two quarterbacks and still be successful. When Kelly was dismissed prior to the 2015-16 season finale, Shurmur took the helm for a 35-30 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium, ironically the last time the Giants reached the 30-point plateau.

Shurmur, 52, starting in the National Football League in 1999 as a tight ends coach for Philadelphia. He was Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach when the Eagles played in the Super Bowl against New England in the 2004 season.

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