Shurmur Believes Giants Are In A Better Place Than When He Arrived

Head Coach Has 9-23 Record With Big Blue

Brandon Contes
December 29, 2019 - 9:05 pm
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After the Giants 34-17 loss to the Eagles in their final game of the 2019 season, head coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he thinks the team is in a better place now than when he arrived, to which he said “I think so, I do.”

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The Giants were coming off a 3-13 season when Shurmur was hired in 2018. A 5-11 year, followed by 4-12 this year, technically Big Blue is better than their 3-13 record in 2017, but has Shurmur shown enough to warrant a return in 2020?

"If I’m back, I’m looking forward to coaching this young talent. If I’m not, whoever coaches this team has got a great group of young players,” Shurmur said during his postgame press conference.

Shurmur compiled just nine wins during his first two years with the Giants and has an uninspiring 19-46 record during his NFL head coaching career. He has three-years remaining on the five-year deal Big Blue signed him to in Jan. 2018.

The Giants fired Ben McAdoo during his second season as head coach in Dec. 2017 following a run to the playoffs the year prior. To jettison a second head coach in two years would show a lack of stability, but there’s no reason to stick with Shurmur if the Giants don’t have faith in him.

One argument in favor of Shurmur is the progress shown by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. The sixth overall pick threw 24 touchdown passes and more than 3,000 yards as Eli Manning’s successor. But even with the positives displayed by Jones, Shurmur was unable to correct his most glaring faults.

Turnovers and fumbles from the young quarterback were again highlighted in the Giants final game of the season. Jones lost his 11th fumble, turning the ball over to the Eagles on the 1-yard line and leading to an easy Philadelphia touchdown.

The Giants have a lot of cap space and a top draft pick heading into 2020, but ownership will determine whether Shurmur remains in New York to benefit from those assets.

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