Giants Introduce Pat Shurmur as Next Head Coach

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Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings for the past two seasons. Because of his success especially with quarterback Case Keenum the past season, it was one of the reasons why Shurmur is the next head coach of the New York Giants (18th in franchise history). Shurmur was once a head coach before in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns for two seasons (2011 and 2012) and he went 9-23 in that span. Shurmur also coached the Philadelphia Eagles for one game in week 17 in 2015 and he won that game as well.

It seems like Shurmur will be able to handle New York better than Ben McAdoo did. McAdoo wasn't able to handle it and his 11-5 season in 2015 was a fluke. Shurmur has a key component(s) in order for the Giants to get back to winning ways: respect and players who want to compete. Shurmur knows the offensive line needs to be fixed and he would know because the Vikings offensive line wasn't good in Minnesota in 2016 and it improved big time in 2017.

He also knows the importance of running a quality offense and a quality defense. The Minnesota Vikings finished with the 11th best offense in the NFL in 2017. The New York Giants finished with the 21st best offense. Shurmur hopes to get the Giants offense back to its fun ways and scoring 30 points a couple of times a season with the offensive weapons they have.

Shurmur will have Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Rhett Ellison in the passing game. As of right now, Wayne Gallman Jr. will be the number one running back in training camp unless the Giants draft Saquon Barkley with the number two pick in the NFL Draft.

Eli Manning will most likely be the starting quarterback in 2018. If Shurmur is the supposed quarterback guru, the Giants will most likely not draft a quarterback and develop Davis Webb.

James Bettcher will be the new defensive coordinator for the Giants and he brings a 3-4 scheme to the table. This will be interesting because he used this with the Arizona Cardinals and they were ranked 6th defensively this past season and the Giants were ranked near the bottom of the league in overall defense.

It is clear that the Giants are bringing in a different coaching philosophy in 2018 and hopefully a consistent winning culture comes along as well.