Shurmur On Giants Being Closer To Playoffs: 'We'll Find Out Next Year'

Questions Remain Whether He'll Be Fired After Final Game Sunday

Rob Lep
December 26, 2019 - 1:57 pm

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is 9-22 in two seasons with the team. They wrap up their 2019 season versus the 8-7 Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. With the Giants being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, sitting at 4-11 this year, the team has now missed the postseason in seven of the last eight seasons since winning Super Bowl 46 back in 2011.

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Thursday afternoon, Shurmur was asked whether he thinks the Giants are closer to the playoffs at the end of this season than they were at the final game of last season.

"We'll find out next year," Shurmur told reporters. "I think we made a lot of progress in a lot of areas and it's hard to quantify when you don't match it up with wins."

The bad news for Shurmur: He might never get that chance to find out. Sunday's game versus the Eagles could very well be his final game before he's ultimately fired as coach.

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur walks out of the tunnel onto the field prior to the Giants game against the Washington Redskins on Dec 22, 2019 at FedExField.
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Shurmur's supporters can point to the growth and development of the rookie quarterback Jones in his first season behind center for the Giants, culminating with his five touchdown, and most importantly, zero turnover performance in the team's 41-35 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins last Sunday. On the day, Jones was 28-for-42 with 352 passing yards including an 11-play, 66-yard drive ending with a three-yard touchdown pass to Kaden Smith to seal the win.

After nine straight losses for the Giants (making them win-less for all of October, November and the first two weeks of December), Shurmur's team has rattled off two straight victories and could have a third versus the Eagles Sunday that would knock Philadelphia out of playoff contention.

It's a tough time to be on the sidelines or dugout in New York sports. Managers/ head coaches Mickey Callaway (Mets), David Fizdale (Knicks) and Jon Hein (Devils) were all given the pink slip in their respective team's offseason. Shurmur could very well be the next one to join this list.