The Denver Broncos are in the market for a new offensive coordinator, and may already be locking in on a pretty big name.
The Broncos fired offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello on Sunday after just one year in the job. According to Ian Rapoport, former New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is a “strong candidate” to replace him on coach Vic Fangio’s staff.
One strong candidate for the #Broncos vacant offensive coordinator job is Pat Shurmur, I’m told. He has plenty of interest around the league and would be a big-time hire for Vic Fangio. A rare veteran play-caller available, Shurmur would make sense for all parties.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2020
It sounds like Shurmur will have plenty of options, but the Broncos would be a very appealing one. He’d have a young quarterback in Drew Lock, and with Fangio handling a sturdy defense, it seems like a franchise that could quickly be turned around. Denver was 28th in scoring last season, and Shurmur would be charged with turning that around. If he could do so, a return to the playoffs would certainly be possible.
Pat Shurmur was fired as the head coach the New York Giants following just his second season on the job, but it sounds like he has a good chance to land with another team in 2020.
Shurmur is drawing interest from multiple NFL teams as an offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
Expect Pat Shurmur to resurface rather quickly. He has drawn interest from multiple teams as an offensive coordinator, per source.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) January 6, 2020
Shurmur has coached in the NFL in some capacity for 20 years now, so teams are not going to write him off simply because he couldn’t win with the Giants. He has served as an offensive coordinator for three different teams, most recently with the Minnesota Vikings before New York hired him. There’s a reason he landed a head coaching job after that, so it’s no surprise he is going to have other options.
The Giants finished 4-12 this season and Shurmur went 9-23 overall with the team, but the work he did with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones nearly saved his job. That will go a long way toward helping him land his next gig.
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For the second time in two years, the New York Giants are searching for a new head coach.
The Giants have fired head coach Pat Shurmur following his second season with the team, according to multiple reports.
The #Giants have fired coach Pat Shurmur, source says. It’s over after two years.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2019
There has also been talk that general manager Dave Gettleman could be fired as well, so parting ways with Shurmur may only be the first big move the Giants are making after failing to reach the postseason once again.
The Giants finished the season 4-12 with their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Shurmur ended up going 9-23 in two seasons with the team. While New York was said to be pleased with the work he did in helping to develop rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, the results for Shurmur were worse than his predecessor, Ben McAdoo.
Shurmur was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two seasons in 2011 and 2012, and the overall results were identical, as he finished with a record of 9-23 there as well. He’s unlikely to land another head coaching gig in 2020, though he could be sought after as an offensive coordinator.
Two seasons isn’t exactly a lot of time to get things turned around for a struggling franchise, but it’s possible the Giants already have a replacement in mind for Shurmur.
Pat Shurmur is one of several NFL head coaches who are in danger of losing their jobs when the regular season concludes on Sunday night, but he has the support of at least one of his star players.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was asked on Thursday if he still believes in Shurmur, and he said he remains confident in the head coach and the team’s entire staff.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 26, 2019
“I not only believe in Pat Shurmur, but I believe in all the coaches we have here,” Barkley said. “It’s easy to point the blame at one person. … At the end of the day, it’s not only on one person why we haven’t been successful these last two years.”
Two seasons may not be enough time for a head coach to completely turn things around for a team, but Shurmur’s predecessor, Ben McAdoo, had an overall record of 13-15 when the Giants fired him in his second season on the job. Even if the Giants manage to pull off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Shurmur would be 10-22 in his two seasons as the head coach in New York.
The Giants have yet to commit to bringing Shurmur back in 2020, but they have reportedly been pleased with the work he has done with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. However, it’s worth noting that developing a rookie QB is one of the reasons Freddie Kitchens was promoted to head coach with the Cleveland Browns, and we all see how that has worked out. In fact, Baker Mayfield was asked a similar question recently to the one Barkley was asked about his coach on Thursday, but Mayfield’s response was much different.
Sunday’s game probably won’t have a huge bearing on what the Giants do with Shurmur. They may have already made up their minds regardless of whether they are able to spoil the Eagles’ fun or not.
The New York Giants collapsed on Monday night in the type of performance that can cost a head coach his job, and the team could be planning to clean house at the conclusion of the season.
After the Giants jumped out to a 17-3 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles only to lose in overtime, the seat underneath head coach Pat Shurmur is as hot as it has been all year. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, there is a feeling around the NFL that both Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman could be fired.
Expectations around the league are that Shurmur won’t survive this mess and GM Dave Gettleman is also in trouble.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 10, 2019
Shurmur is in only his second season as the head coach of the Giants, but he has a worse winning percentage than former coach Ben McAdoo had when the team parted ways with him during his second year on the job. While New York’s brass has reportedly been pleased with the way Shurmur has developed rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, they expected more than seven victories in 29 games.
Gettleman has been on the job the same amount of time as Shurmur, but general managers are typically given more time to make their mark on an organization than head coaches. Gettleman is largely responsible for drafting Saquon Barkley and Jones, which should work to his advantage. However, he probably is not feeling that great about his job security given the recent comments Giants owner John Mara made.
Turnover is never easy for an NFL team, and the Giants have had plenty of it in recent years. If they decide to stick with Shurmur and/or Gettleman, stability will be their primary motivation.
It’s been a very disappointing season for the New York Giants, and the seat is getting hot for both coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman.
If that wasn’t clear already, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch made it pretty obvious on Tuesday. When asked by WNBC’s Bruce Beck if he still had confidence in Shurmur and Gettleman, Tisch passed on the question, stating that he would sit down with co-owner John Mara after the season and discuss their futures.
My question to Steve Tisch at the March of Dimes Luncheon – Do you believe in your coach & GM? “Those decisions & conversation are not going to be made this morning. It’s really at the end of the season that John and I are going to sit down and talk about these issues.” #Giants pic.twitter.com/rWiooPJyua
— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) December 3, 2019
In other words, that’s the opposite of a ringing vote of confidence. Shurmur is now 7-21 in two seasons as the team’s coach, which coincides with Gettleman’s tenure as GM. General managers tend to get more time, especially since Gettleman invested in young quarterback Daniel Jones, but Shurmur’s days definitely seem numbered. There’s even speculation on who might succeed him. Tisch knows what people will make of his words — the easy thing to do would have been to say yes. Instead, he turned the heat up on his staff as the 2-10 team limps toward the finish line.
Daniel Jones coughed up another three turnovers in a defeat on Sunday, but his head coach managed a somewhat positive spin on the outing.
After the New York Giants rookie quarterback was intercepted three times in a 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Giants coach Pat Shurmur had something interesting to say about the 22-year-old’s performance. Shumur pointed out that all three of Jones’ turnovers were interceptions and not fumbles, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
Jones has had some major problems with ball security this season, entering play on Sunday with a league-leading 14 fumbles lost. He did fumble again in the fourth quarter against Green Bay, but it was recovered by the offense, meaning Shurmur was technically right. Still, throwing his ninth, tenth, and eleventh interceptions of the year was obviously less than ideal for Jones.
The now 2-10 Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to the Packers, but Shurmur has stood up for Danny Dimes before, and he is not about to stop now.