Former Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur Named Broncos' Offensive Coordinator

Was Fired In December After Two Seasons

Alec Gearty
January 14, 2020 - 7:59 pm

Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur didn't take too much time to find his new team. 

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Nearly two weeks after his Giants tenure abruptly ended, Shurmur will join Vic Fangio's coaching staff in Denver and serve as the Broncos' offensive coordinator. He was considered to be a "strong candidate" for the vacancy following Rich Scangarello's firing on Jan. 12, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

“Pat is an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach," Fangio said in a statement, via "Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding. Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents. We’re excited to add someone of his caliber to our coaching staff.”

Shurmur spent the past two seasons as Giants head coach. His time with the Giants, however, proved to be anything but successful.

He failed to lead New York to the playoffs as Shurmur finished with nine wins and 23 losses, including a 4-12 finish in 2019. Giants brass fired Shurmur — and retained general manager Dave Gettleman — in what owner John Mara called a "difficult decision" in order to create a fresh start.

As each coaching vacancy was filled, the 54-year-old decided to return to his role as a coordinator. He reportedly generated interest from around the league. Shurmur's deal is expected to be for two years, according to 9News' Mike Klis.

Shurmur, who was last an offensive coordinator with Minnesota in 2017, is tasked with leading a underwhelming Broncos offense. 

Denver tallied 298.9 yards and 17.6 points per game during the 2019 season —  fifth worst among NFL teams. Shurmur will work alongside Drew Lock, who was selected 36 spots after the Giants picked Daniel Jones sixth overall at the 2019 NFL Draft. Lock recorded seven touchdowns and three interceptions since returning from injury in Week 13.