The New York Giants have fired head coach Pat Shurmur after two terrible seasons in the Big Apple. In all fairness to Shurmur, the roster he was provided was not much to work with. This still goes as Shurmur’s second failed attempt at the lead position and few get a third. The Giants will look to move quickly with multiple teams also looking for new head coaches.
Shurmur Lacked Roster Talent
Dave Gettleman hired Pat Shurmur two seasons ago and then never really gave him a chance to succeed. Over those two years, the Giants GM took a running back in the most talented quarterback class in a long time. Then followed that with the trade of his best player (OBJ) for a safety and a first-round pick. To top it all off, he then took quarterback Daniel Jones with a top ten pick when most would have expected he could have taken him in the second round or even later. That is not how you help the head coach of your football team. Even with all of Gettleman’s blunders, though, Shurmer was not mistake-free in his tenure.
It was known that Shurmur and star wideout OBJ did not see eye to eye and that he had a run-in with defensive end, Olivier Vernon, in his first season with the Giants. Gettleman then made a move to get both out of the locker room to give Shurmur a chance to lead the group. It didn’t work. It is funny, but when you remove talent from an already limited roster, you don’t get better. As the head coach Shurmur needed to find a way to work with the top-level talent instead of just having it shipped out. If you are going to get guys traded, then you better perform. The Giants didn’t, and Shurmur is now looking for a new gig.
The Early Rumors
The hottest name of this year’s coaching search is on the Giants radar. According to Adam Schefter, the Giants, along with the Browns and Panthers, have asked to speak with the New England offensive coordinator. We all know the resume and remember the Colts debacle, but that seems not to affect McDaniel’s popularity this year. Will Josh finally leap this year?
Rhule has found his way into the NFL circles by rebuilding two college football programs in Temple and Baylor. Rhule also has ties with the Giants spending 2012 as the offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin. While Rhule may be a long shot, he is drawing interest from a few teams, and per multiple reports has the Giants at the top of his list.
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