By Rob Schardt
The New York Giants have hired Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur their 18th head coach in their history Monday afternoon. After a dismal season by the Giants, it was time to bring change to the team room once more. After letting go coach Ben McAdoo with the 4 games remaining in the season, the team finished 3-13.
The Giants new general manager Dave Gettleman will be working with Shurmur to figure out how to get the team back on track and bring them back into playoff contention. As for Shurmur, he has coached the Cleveland Browns from 2011-2012 accumulating a 9-23 record, then later spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles staff, then finally was hired by the Vikings staff and rose to Offensive Coordinator.
Shurmur most is most notably known for working and developing young quarterbacks and helping give them successful careers. The 2 quarterbacks we saw in the NFC championship were developed by Shurmur and had successful seasons. Case Kennum most importantly became the Vikings starter and had an extremely successful season leading the Vikings to a division title and championship game appearance while throwing for 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during the year. Minnesota finished 11th in total offense and a lot of it was thanks to Shurmur. Nick Foles who is now the Eagles quarterback has done a fantastic job at the job after Carson Wentz went down with an injury.
Since the Giants hold the second pick in a very Quarterback friendly class, Shurmur has a lot to choose from and help develop into a front line NFL starter. The Giants have been linked to UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen who is the smartest quarterback in the draft with the best arm who can possibly thrive under the wing of a Shurmur led offense. The Giants have also been linked to top prospect, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who can create a big threat in a Shurmur offense that will already hold Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepherd and Evan Engram.
Many Vikings players have said Coach Shurmur is a great coach as well as a person. Vikings Tight end said “He is one of the best coaches I have ever played for.” Now, Shurmur is tasked with fixing a broken offense and locker room, who had three defensive players suspended for conduct. His work may now be cut out for him, but is looking forward to help the team become a force once more.
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