Maggie And Bart: Pat Shurmur Might Be Winning His Way To A Return

Giants Looking For A Reason To Bring Their Head Coach Back

Moose & Maggie
December 23, 2019 - 5:54 pm

At 2-11, after nine consecutive losses, a return for Pat Shurmur as head coach of the Giants next season seemed improbable.

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After back-to-back victories including a historic performance from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, could a third straight win Sunday against the Eagles save Big Blue’s head coach from receiving a pink slip?

WFAN's Maggie Gray seems to think so.

“If the Giants go out and beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17, they will have finished the season on a three-game winning streak and I think Pat Shurmur goes into John Mara’s office and says ‘we’re right here,’” Gray said during Monday afternoon’s Maggie and Bart show on WFAN.

Gray also used history as a reason, noting it wouldn’t be the first time Giants GM Dave Gettleman and owner John Mara used a late season positive as a determining factor to remain intact.

“If they beat the Eagles this is going to feel a lot like two years ago when the Giants finished 3-13 and Gettleman and Mara could not wait to look back at that game against the Eagles where Eli Manning had over 300 yards of passing and say ‘we’re on the right path.' I think there’s a way Shurmur survives,” Gray said.

If the Giants do beat the Eagles, finish the year out strong and give the front office an excuse to keep Shurmur for a third season, it might not be a popular opinion.

“I know the fanbase is calling for his head,” said Gray. “They don’t like anything he does in terms of losing close games or not elevating the team to win close games.”

Gray also presented Big Blue’s ugly nine-game losing streak, their loss to the New York Jets and overtime defeat in Philadelphia as examples of why fans want a new head coach.

Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium.
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While Shurmur’s future with the Giants remains up for debate, Bart Scott also wondered if the GM should return and continue his attempt at rebuilding the team.  

“Do you want to have the same thing that Mike Maccagnan did, do you want to have a general manger that really doesn’t have a great record of bringing in free-agents and then go out and spend all your free cap space…do you want him to spend and then you decide next year that he’s not the guy going forward?”

Even with questionable decisions from Gettleman throughout his tenure, Gray believes the GM has done enough in the draft to warrant a return from ownership. “I think the Daniel Jones pick alone is the one that was going to get Gettleman to come back,” she said.

Big Blue’s rookie quarterback has displayed some concerning qualities with 21 turnovers this season, but he’s also shown flashes of brilliance, highlighted by his 23 touchdown passes in 11 starts. This past Sunday against Washington, Jones became the first rookie in NFL history to pass for 350 yards with five touchdowns and zero picks in a game.

According to Gray, “the Giants are a team as an organization that will eschew change at any way possible. They’d prefer to keep everything intact.”

“They don’t want to be the organization that seems unstable, but they’re the organization that since 2017, has the most losses in the NFL,” added Scott.

Click on the audio player above to listen to Maggie Gray and Bart Scott's full discussion of Pat Shurmur's future

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