The New York Giants were the first team to open up a head coaching position, but they appear to be settling for their second choice.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports the Giants are expected to hire Pat Shurmur as the team’s new head coach. The report comes on the same day in which top candidate Matt Patricia spurned them in favor of taking the head-coaching position with the Detroit Lions. Patricia was believed to be Giants top choice as recently as Friday, but the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator decided to reunite with Lions GM Bob Quinn, with whom he worked with in New England.
New York seems like the most ideal landing spot for Shurmur’s second shot as a head coach, even if he’ll need to solve the Eli Manning situation upon arrival. That situation could become even more complicated if he decides to bring Case Keenum with him, as was previously reported. Shurmur inherits a team with locker room issues, but one that also features star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
The NFC North coaching carousel has been spinning since the start of the offseason. The Packers have a new general manager and a new defensive coordinator. The Bears have a new head coach (you might have heard) and the Lions will soon join them. And even though the Vikings are making a Super Bowl push, they’ll be in search of a new offensive coordinator as soon as their season ends.
Shurmur has taken the Vikings’ offense to new heights since taking over midway for Norv Turner through the 2016 season. Minnesota was a middling offensive unit until Shurmur took over for Turner. And with Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater projected to hit free agency, Shurmur’s departure could be just the tip of the iceberg as far as changes for the Vikings are concerned. There is no need for a “win one for the Gipper” speech, but Minnesota is operating in a tighter window now that their offensive leader is bound to leave town.