According to multiple reports surfacing, the Giants are expected to name Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur their new head coach.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2018
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2018
The report from CBS Sports adds that “Shurmur is a virtual lock” for the job.
Shurmur and the Vikings season are one step closer to the Super Bowl after knocking off the Saints last night in an epic ending. He was promoted to interim offensive coordinator from tight ends coach about midway through the 2016 season following the dismissal of Norv Turner.
Shurmur does have previous NFL head coaching experience, leading the Browns organization for two seasons. He went 4-12 his first season, followed by a 5-11 year in 2012 after which he was fired, and also previously filled in on an interim basis as head coach with the Eagles after Chip Kelly was fired in 2015.
His coaching career began at Michigan State in the late 80’s where he went from graduate assistant to tight ends, offensive line, and special teams coach, a role he held from 1990-97. From there he joined the Stanford staff in 1998, and that was his last college stop.
Since then, he’s been in the NFL, starting as an assistant with the Eagles before landing a coordinator job with the Rams in 2009. Then there was the two seasons leading the Browns, followed by another stint with the Eagles as a play caller. He then joined the Vikings where he started as tight ends coach before taking over as coordinator after Turner was let go.
Shurmur will be taking over an interesting job with the Giants, where Ben McAdoo went from offensive coordinator to head coach following the dismissal of Tom Coughlin. McAdoo’s first year leading the Giants was a success, an 11-5 season that ended with a loss to the Packers in the NFC Wild Card game. However, year two was a much different story, as the team got off to a 2-10 start, and McAdoo opted to bench Eli Manning at the end of his tenure, ending Manning’s historic 210 games as a starter, which led to some public backlash.
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