Shurmur On WFAN: 'Offensive Line Played Their Best Game'

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October 02, 2018 - 6:53 pm
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur joined Mike's On during Tuesday evening to break down Big Blue's 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Shurmur believes that offensive line play will dictate how far the Giants go this season.

"I do think this -- even though we didn't win, the offensive line as a unit played their best game," Shurmur said. "I think Chad Wheeler played better in his second start. I thought (John) Greco played better in his second start. I think Will Hernandez is getting better. I thought Pat (Omameh) did a good job. So, we're getting better there. I think as we get more comfortable and confident, we're going to go as far as that group will block for us. I think if we can continue to get better there, then some of the fun stuff we want to see is going to happen on a more consistent basis."

The Giants recorded 299 total yards and went 5-for-10 on third down opportunities.

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Eli Manning completed 31 of 41 attempts for 255 yards, including one touchdown.

Francesa asked if the Giants are playing a "little tentative" because of the offensive line's early problems in the New Orleans game.

"To your point, I wasn't conservative from that standpoint," Shurmur said. "We've got to continue to try to get the ball downfield to our playmakers and we've got to make sure we hand it to the guy that's really good at running it, too. I would say it wasn't a tentative approach. I would say the way it played out, it may have appeared that way. We just keep going."

The 1-3 Giants visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.