The Giants have found their guy and, yes, I’m sure to the chagrin of some, it is not Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
It was fun dreaming about though, right Giants fans?
Well, the dreaming is over and the Giants hired Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to become the next head coach of the franchise.
It’s not a sexy name, it’s not a name that’s going to own the back pages, but it is a perfectly fine hire by the franchise.
It’s a hire that makes a lot of sense in a bunch of different ways.
The Giants needed to hire an offensive coach. I thought it was very important.
They have the number-two pick in the draft. There is a very good chance they will take a quarterback, so you want to make sure you have somebody that is adept when it comes to molding a player at that position.
Shurmur’s history in the league shows that he is capable of doing so.
As an offensive coordinator, he has gotten the most out of Donovan McNabb and Nick Foles in Philadelphia, Sam Bradford in St. Louis and, most recently, Case Keenum with the Vikings.
He has adopted his style, he’s found a way to make it work, and has thrived with every single one of those quarterbacks.
Shurmur is as well respected as any assistant coach that you’re going to find in the league. Ask the coaches he has worked with.
Andy Reid, Mike Holmgren, Chip Kelly and Mike Zimmer; all household names, all think very highly of the Giants new head man.
Shurmur has been given a chance in the past to be a head coach.
He was the coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012, and was fired after two seasons with a record of 9-23.
It wasn’t pretty by any means, but if you follow the history of the league, who exactly has had a positive record and job success with the most dysfunctional franchise in the sport over the last 16 years?
Even a guy by the name of Belichick couldn’t win big in Cleveland his first time around.
As a Giant fan, I would like the fact that Shurmur comes into the gig with head coaching experience.
You hope that he learned from his experience in Cleveland, and combined with his years working around some of the best in the business hope it leads to big success for the New York Giants.
There is no given with these head coaching hires. For every Doug Pederson, you’ll find a Ben McAdoo.
Can the coach handle his locker room? Can the coach handle the media? Can the coach handle a pressurized situation that evolves?
These are questions that are impossible to answer until you see the coach in that situation.
Only time will tell if Shurmur is ready to be that guy for the Giants, but I think there’s a lot to like.
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