New York Giants to hire former Philadelphia Eagles, current Minnesota Vikings assistant Pat Shurmur: report
Philadelphia Eagles interim head coach Pat Shurmur watches play from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J., on Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
There could be a familiar face patrolling the opposite sideline when the Philadelphia Eagles face the New York Giants next season.
The Giants are expected to offer their head coaching job to former Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur once the Minnesota Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs, and Shurmur is expected to accept, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.
Source: The #Giants are targeting #Vikings OC Pat Shurmur as the top choice for their new head coach and he’s expected to accept, if offered.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2018
Shurmur, 52, is currently the Vikings offensive coordinator, and he’s preparing his team to face the Eagles in Sunday evening’s NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field. Shurmur can’t negotiate or ink a deal with the Giants before the Vikings season ends.
Shurmur spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly, and he helped coach quarterback Nick Foles to his 27-touchdown, two-interception campaign in 2013. He was the interim coach for the final game of the 2015 season after the Eagles fired Kelly, too.
Before heading to Philly, Shurmur was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two seasons, where he posted a 9-23 record. Shurmur’s first job in the NFL came with the Eagles in 1999, and he remained with the organization until 2008 — spending seven seasons as quarterbacks coach — before taking the offensive coordinator job with the St. Louis Rams.
The improvement of Vikings quarterback Case Keenum helped make Shurmur a sought after candidate. Keenum, who took over for the injured Sam Bradford and threw for more than 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.
Shurmur has also presided over an offense that featured a pair of prolific wide receivers in Adam Thielen (91 catches, 1,276 yards, four touchdowns) and Stefon Diggs (64 catches, 849 yards, eight touchdowns). It was Diggs who sent the Vikings past the New Orleans Saints and into the NFC title game with a 61-yard touchdown catch as time expired.
Shurmur would inherit a solid wide receiving corps in New York with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and company. He’ll have to help new general manager Dave Gettleman decide what direction to take with quarterback Eli Manning — former coach Ben McAdoo benched Manning, which contributed to his firing — next fall and beyond.
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