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Who will be on Pat Shurmur’s Giants’ coaching staff?

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Shurmur’s hiring isn’t official, but let’s play the name game, anyway

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Now that we know Pat Shurmur will be the head coach of the New York Giants, what might his coaching staff look like? Let’s examine some of the possibilities.

Defense

We will start here because of Steve Spagnuolo, Giants’ defensive coordinator for three seasons and interim head coach for the final four games of last season. Spagnuolo hired Shurmur as offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams in 2009, a job he held for two years before Shurmur became head coach of the Cleveland Browns. You have to think there is a chance Shurmur would return the favor.

Spags as DC might not be a lock, though. Jerry Gray has been Minnesota Vikings’ defensive backs coach the past two seasons, thus is well known to Shurmur. Gray, 55, has been defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills (2001-2005) and Tennessee Titans (2011-2013).

Ken Flajole was Spags’ defensive coordinator with the Rams from 2009-2011. He is currently Eagles’ linebackers coach.

Another name to watch could be Andre Patterson. He is the Vikings’ defensive line coach and a trusted Mike Zimmer assistant.

Offense

Shurmur functioned as his own offensive coordinator during the first year of his tenure with the Cleveland Browns. Realizing that was too big a chore, he hired Brad Childress to fill that role in 2012. Childress, who worked as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, recently announced his retirement from coaching. So, scratch him as a candidate for Shurmur’s staff with the Giants.

Ken Dorsey, recently let go as quarterbacks coach by the Carolina Panthers, has never worked with Shurmur. He is, however, familiar to Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman after five seasons on the Carolina staff. Perhaps he could be the quarterbacks coach.

Chicago Bears’ QB coach Dave Ragone also has no history with Shurmur, but could be a possibility with the Giants.

Mark Whipple was Shurmur’s quarterbacks coach with the Browns. Whipple has been head coach at UMass for the past four seasons.