Pat Shurmur 'Disappointed' By Giants' Opening Loss, Pondering Defensive Changes For Week 2

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September 09, 2019 - 4:00 pm
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Hopes of a winning start to the season for the Giants faded away in the third quarter of Week 1.

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Down 21-7, Pat Shurmur’s team moved the ball well on its first possession of the second half, but Eli Manning and company couldn’t convert on third down and had to settle for a field goal. The Cowboys then scored the next two touchdowns and put the game away.

Not many analysts are picking the Giants to win the Super Bowl this year, but it was still a disappointing start to 2019. Shurmur said as much when he joined Mike Francesa on WFAN on Monday afternoon.

“It was a disappointing way to start,” said Shurmur. “We moved the ball early. We had a couple opportunities to score to get the score closer, and then the score stretched out on us. They made some big plays in the passing game against us, and then that’s how the game played out. It’s a first game, we’re disappointed in the outcome of that game, but not discouraged.”

The Giants lost their opener last year too in what was Shurmur’s first season with the team. That group only won one game before November as it endured a horrendous 1-7 start.

Shurmur clearly didn’t want to say too many nice things about his team after an 18-point loss, but he did seem a bit encouraged by the play of the offense. Although, he did agree with Francesa that the Giants should have scored more points, given how well they advanced the ball at times.

Defense was another story. The Giants were totally unable to stop a rejuvenated Dak Prescott and the rest of the Dallas offense. Shurmur claimed that there could be a few personnel changes before next week’s contest with the Bills.

“I think we’ve got to get the guys who are going to be in there to play better. There’s a decent chance there could be a couple changes, but we’re going through that right now. We’re finishing up the evaluation of that game and getting ready to play Buffalo.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Pat Shurmur.