The New York Giants have hired Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as the franchise’s 18th head coach.
The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game.
“I want to thank (co-owners) John Mara and Steve Tisch for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Shurmur said in a released statement. “I am looking forward to getting to work with (general manager) Dave Gettleman and (assistant GM) Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team. I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support.”
“I can’t wait to start working with Pat,” Gettleman said. “I know he will provide the type of leadership we need to take our team back to where it belongs. I have followed Pat’s career for many years, and he has had great success wherever he has been. What struck me during our conversation is that being the head coach of the New York Giants is not too big for him. He is made for this moment and this opportunity.”
Shurmur, 52, takes over a Giants team that has the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, and could be in the market for a quarterback with Eli Manning turning 37 earlier this month. Early indications from the team and new general manager Dave Gettleman are that the Giants will retain Manning for at least one more season and he will have a chance to work with Shurmur.
Shurmur was the Giants’ top pick for their head coach vacancy, but league rules prevented the team from negotiating with him until after the Vikings’ season had concluded.
The Giants interviewed Shurmur on Jan. 6 while the Vikings were on their bye week. After reports surfaced last week, it became apparent that Shurmur was the leading candidate for the Giants job.
Shurmur has been the Vikings’ offensive coordinator the past 2 seasons. With third-string quarterback Case Keenum under center for 14 games this season, the Vikings went 13-3 and had the NFL’s 11th-ranked offense. Minnesota also lost promising rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL early in the season.
Shumur previously served as offensive coordinator for the Eagles under Chip Kelly after two years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, going 9-23. He also interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears for their head coach position.
Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners and fans upset with his handling of the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo took over for the final four games and posted a 1-3 record.
Shurmur inherits a difficult situation with the Giants. Their offense struggled badly for the second straight season and they had three defensive players suspended for their conduct. Shurmur will be tasked with trying to fix the offense and locker room.
“We are pleased to welcome Pat to our organization and look forward to the leadership he will provide for our team,” Mara and Tisch said. “He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction. We interviewed six talented and qualified candidates, and we feel like Pat, with his vision and experience, is the right person to lead our team.”
Shurmur is expected to target former Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Del Rio, 54, has extensive experience. In addition to also serving as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach for nine years, he has been the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. In four seasons as a defensive coordinator, he has led top-five units three times.
Thomas McGaughey, most recently the Panthers’ special teams coordinator, is expected to be hired for the same role with the Giants, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Shurmur will be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. from Tuesday to Thursday, so the Giants will hold his introductory press conference on Friday.