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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Articles tagged: Pat Shurmur

Report: Giants not expected to make big changes during bye week

Pat Shurmur

The New York Giants are heading into the bye week coming off their most embarrassing loss of the season, and there is growing speculation that head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff are on borrowed time with the team. General manager Dave Gettleman could also be on the hot seat, but no one in the organization is expected to lose his or her job during the week off.

While the bye week is often the time terrible teams decide to make coaching changes, ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan does not expect Shurmur to be fired before the Giants take the field again in Week 12. Despite the team currently being on a six-game losing streak and having just lost to the lowly New York Jets, the belief is that the Giants are reluctant to leave rookie quarterback Daniel Jones with an interim head coach for the remainder of the year.

The Giants have the 26th-ranked defense in the NFL, so there has been some talk that Shurmur could fire defensive coordinator James Bettcher during the bye. However, the Giants have almost no playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, and making a coaching change there would look like blatant scapegoating. Shurmur also told reporters on Monday that he is “not going to make any coaching changes” during the regular season.

Jones has played well given the circumstances, and that is likely saving jobs at the moment. The No. 6 overall pick has played some of his best football of the season recently, as he has nine touchdown passes compared to just one interception over the past three games. His passer rating is 106.7 during that stretch. You could argue that Shurmur has done a good job with the rookie, which will probably make owner John Mara’s decision a tougher one after the season.

The Giants’ last head coach, Ben McAdoo, was fired midway through his second season on the job. The team had a record of 2-10 at the time, but he took New York to the playoffs in his first year. McAdoo had an overall record of 13-15 at the time he was shown the door. Shurmur is 2-8 this year and 7-19 overall.

Injuries have piled up for the Giants in recent weeks, and that hasn’t helped matters. Still, the last six games of the season are going to be extremely important for Shurmur and potentially Gettleman. If Jones continues to play well and the Giants win some games, everyone could be given another chance in 2020. If the skid continues, sweeping offseason changes would not be a surprise.

Pat Shurmur will not wear microphone for ESPN if asked

Pat Shurmur

ESPN has faced a lot of criticism for airing a personal moment from the New York Jets’ Week 7 game against the New England Patriots, and it appears there could be some consequences for the network.

Sam Darnold wore a microphone for ESPN during his team’s 33-0 loss to New England, and he admitted at one point that he was “seeing ghosts” on the field. The Jets quarterback has been mocked relentlessly over the comment, including during last week’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After ESPN decided to air Darnold’s remark, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was among those who said he is not a fan of players and coaches wearing microphones during games and that “there’s things that get said that should be internal.” With the Giants facing the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football this week, Shurmur said he will not wear a mic if ESPN asks him to. He is hoping his players will decline as well.

Networks typically do a good job of capturing moments that show fans a perspective that they do not get during the broadcast of a game, but there are responsibilities that come along with that. The mic’ed up moments we see every week on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and other programs are cleared through teams first, and several members of the Jets ripped ESPN for embarrassing Darnold. If other coaches and players follow Shurmur’s lead, that will hurt ESPN’s production on some level.

Pat Shurmur says Saquon Barkley could be back for Thursday’s game against Patriots

Saquon Barkley Giants

Just over two weeks removed from a high ankle sprain that was expected to sideline him for an extended period, Saquon Barkley could be ready to roll.

Speaking with reporters Monday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that the injured star is “closer than he was last week.” When pressed on if Barkley could play on Thursday against the New England Patriots, Shurmur said, “There’s a possibility,” per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York.

The 22-year-old running back was injured in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and original estimates had him possibly missing four to eight weeks of action. Videos of him running and cutting not long after the injury suggested that Barkley would be able to shatter that projection though.

Barkley himself admitted that he was offended by the lengthy timetable, and now it sounds like he is right on the cusp of making his return.

Pat Shurmur, Mike Francesa feuding over interview cancellation

Mike Francesa

There’s a new beef in New York, and it’s between the head coach of the New York Giants and one of the city’s most prominent media personalities.

Pat Shurmur and WFAN host Mike Francesa have traded barbs since Friday. Shurmur cancelled his scheduled weekly appearance on Francesa’s program, leading the host to criticize Shurmur on Twitter for his perceived lack of accountability and unwillingness to answer tough questions.

Shurmur was clearly aware of the remarks, as he subtly trolled Francesa after the Giants’ 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Francesa was obviously not going to let Shurmur’s jibe go unanswered, and he responded on Monday.

Francesa is, of course, no stranger to mixing it up with leading sports personalities. The reasons for Shurmur’s cancellation remain something of a mystery, even if Francesa is convinced he knows why. Shurmur is probably not interested in getting into a back-and-forth here, but it’s still worth watching.

Giants coach responds to talk that he gave Bills bulletin board material

Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur shared some thoughts on Josh Allen this week that the Buffalo Bills are supposedly using as bulletin board material heading into Sunday’s game, but the New York Giants coach does not understand why.

Shurmur was asked on Wednesday if Allen was in the mix for the Giants when they had the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he said he would “never comment on how in the mix anybody is” but did share some positive thoughts.

“We thought he was a big, strong thrower. A guy that had a chance to be a starter in the NFL, and he has been for them,” Shurmur said, per SNY’s Scott Thompson. “I think he’s made steady improvements. He’s a very strong-armed guy. He’s helped them win some big games already. Just like any young player, you see where he’ll make mistakes and then correct them.”

For whatever reason, the Bills interpreted that as a shot at Allen since Shurmur said the former Wyoming star “had a chance to be a starter” rather than saying he had all the makings of a star quarterback. Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reported that Shurmur’s comments were being displayed on TVs inside the Bills’ facility this week. When asked about that on Friday, Shurmur basically said it’s nonsense.

Teams use bulletin board material — whether real or perceived — all the time to give them an extra boost. Heck, we even saw one college coach literally invent a fake quote in an attempt to motivate his players, so you can’t blame the Bills for trying. That said, Shurmur clearly didn’t mean any of what he said as a slight.

Pat Shurmur has message for Daniel Jones doubters

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones has looked great through three preseason games, which has given the New York Giants a renewed sense of confidence.

The team took a public beating when they selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the draft this year. Many media projections did not have Jones going nearly that high, which led to calls that the Giants had “reached” with the pick.

Jones is proving all the doubters wrong so far.

In 10 preseason drives, Jones has gone 25/30 for 369 yards and two touchdowns. His performance has left Giants head coach Pat Shurmur impressed and a little cocky.

“Every six or seven days now I’ve been able to tell you ‘that’s what we saw when we drafted him.’ He’s steadily getting better every time he takes the field, whether it’s practice or games. You can ask me all you want about why I like him. I think it’s time to start asking the people that didn’t like him what they think,” Shurmur said Thursday night.

He’s right — what do all the people who laughed at the Giants think now? Jones has looked better than any other rookie quarterback this preseason. He’s even made a great case for starting ahead of Eli Manning, though ownership’s preference on the matter will likely prevent that from happening.

Pat Shurmur on board with Giants’ co-owner’s Eli Manning hope

Eli Manning

The New York Giants have made it quite clear that they’re huge fans of quarterback Eli Manning from top to bottom despite the questions that surround him.

That was made clear by Giants co-owner John Mara voicing his desire to see Manning start a full slate of 16 games this season. It sparked rumors that ownership was pushing coach Pat Shurmur to start Manning regardless of Daniel Jones’ progress, but Shurmur said he independently shares Mara’s dream.

Mara loves Manning and has made it abundantly clear in the past that he doesn’t view the team’s struggles as Manning’s fault. That’s a pretty big security blanket to have, especially when the coach seems to feel the same way.