Giants Expected To Offer Pat Shurmur HC Job

A day after Pat Shurmur‘s Vikings offense orchestrated one of the most improbable plays in NFL history, he’s in line to become the next Giants head coach.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link) report the Giants are expected to offer Shurmur their HC position. He plans to accept once offered, Rapoport reports. La Canfora also reports this hire is expected to happen.

The 52-year-old Shurmur has been in contention for the Cardinals’ top coaching job, with SNY.tv’s Ralph Vacchiano reporting he was viewed as the favorite for that position. Should Shurmur be on his way to New York once the Vikings’ season concludes, the Cardinals will have to move on to their second choice.

Shurmur and Josh McDaniels were the finalists for Big Blue’s HC gig as of Monday morning, but with McDaniels remaining pointed toward the Colts, Shurmur rose to the forefront.

This would be Shurmur’s second head-coaching role. He coached the Browns from 2011-12, and although he won just nine games in Cleveland, the infrastructure he’d be walking into with the Giants would be better than the one he encountered with the Browns.

The Vikings have rocketed to the NFC championship game after missing the playoffs last season, landing in the NFL’s final four for the first time since the 2009 season. And unlike the Eagles, who have only had to rely on a backup quarterback since December, the Vikings have needed Case Keenum to come through for most of the season. The Vikings’ defense has powered this Super Bowl opportunity, but Keenum has taken a major step forward under Shurmur. Minnesota’s offense finished the regular season as the No. 5 DVOA attack.

The Giants had Shurmur, McDaniels and Matt Patricia in their final three. But the Patriots coordinators are set to land in Indianapolis and Detroit, respectively, in all likelihood.

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14 comments on “Giants Expected To Offer Pat Shurmur HC Job

  1. acarneglia

    This was the right decision. He is super laid back and he will be able to keep the team calm while not letting it get out of control.

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  2. IBFarr

    Until someone actually signs the contract, by putting a pen to the paper and finishes their signature, I think you all should stop writing about it. It’s okay to speculate, but to claim that the this guy is going to be this team’s next head coach and then having another writer refute the story within the hour is irritating.

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  3. Thronson5

    I was convinced that Shurmur would go to AZ and take Keenum with him. I wonder if they keep Manning and still draft a qb. I think they have to draft a qb but I wonder if if they keep Manning and I wonder if they do let Manning go if let a rookie take over or if Keenum follows and is the starter for a few years.

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    • berkyjay

      No way they let Manning go. None of the QBs in this draft are pro-ready and all of them would benefit from a few years behind an establish veteran.

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        • berkyjay

          Keenum has been good for 1 year. Besides, have you seen him play? You can tell his success is a combination of scheme and epic defensive play. I would not expect a repeat of these stats.

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      • ships1941

        Great idea, they should think about Jacoby Brissett, he would be an ok
        Qb; any ideas?

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    • Perksy

      I would keep Manning. Then after Cleveland takes the first pick, I would trade the 2nd pick to Cleveland for their 4th overall, and one of their 2nd round picks. Cleveland has three 2nd round picks. And by having the first two picks in the draft, Cleveland can take their QB plus Barkley. Giants would still be in a prime spot at number 4, and the. have two 2nd round picks.

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  4. flabbit

    Does this mean Keenum to NY and browns draft both Barkley and rosen

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    • Perksy

      I would keep Manning. Then trade the 2nd pick to Cleveland for the 4th overall and one of their 2nd round picks. (Cleveland has three 2nd rounders). This way Cleveland guarantees the QB they want plus Barkley. Giants could still get a QB at 4, or if they like something else. Then have two 2nd round picks which they desperately need.

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