Pat Shurmur On WFAN: 'We're Not Coddling Players'

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November 27, 2018 - 5:17 pm

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The Giants latest loss came after blowing a 19-3 lead, losing 25-22 to the Eagles, dropping them to 3-8 on the season. Mike Francesa opened his show Tuesday on WFAN with a rant, ripping Odell Beckham Jr. apart

He was joined by Giants head coach Pat Shurmur later on in the show in his weekly spot. Francesa believes Shurmur and the coaches are coddling players. Shurmur disagreed.

"I wouldn't say we're coddling them. We're not coddling," Shurmur told Francesa on WFAN. 

Shurmur knows the formula for winning, but that formula wasn't executed in the second half Sunday.

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"I know the formula for us is Saquon needs to touch the ball," Shurmur said. "He's touched the ball over 20 times a game. The best formula is for him to continue to touch the ball throughout."

Barkley touched the ball only five times in the second half. Francesa asked Shurmur if the press conferences after games are bothering him. 

"No, I'm good. I've got no problems with it," said Shurmur. "I'm going to give you a legitimate answer to the question. I don't feel like there's any secrets. I'm going to try and answer your questions in a way that's honest and transparent. When we lose a game I'm as upset as the next person and I'll be willing to talk about what went wrong and what we need to correct. We got to find a way to win games." 

A bright spot for the Giants? The effort has been there for Big Blue.

"They do bust their ass," Shurmur said. "We have five opportunities to go out there and play starting with the Bears. The one game that got away with us is the first Eagles game. There are some bad teams in the league that are just getting wiped out. This team here fights. I've never had a problem with the effort."

Another bright spot has been Aldrick Rosas, who has been one of the best kickers in the NFL this season. 

"Aldrick has done a terrific job. He's a likeable guy because he's a football player," Shurmur said. "He has the mindset of a football player. It doesn't matter to him whether he got a good night sleep or he was hydrated or any of the sports science stuff, he just goes out there and kicks. I really appreciate his mindset from that standpoint. I think he's got a chance to really develop into one of the best." 

You can listen to the entire interview above.