The New York Giants continued on Tuesday to compile a list of candidates for their head-coaching vacancy, asking the Minnesota Vikings for permission to speak with their offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur was head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012, going 9-23. The 52-year-old has been offensive coordinator of the Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.
Here is what Christopher Gates of SB Nation’s Daily Norseman told us about Shurmur:
Shurmur was originally brought in to be the Vikings' tight ends coach prior to the start of the 2016 season. When Norv Turner unexpectedly retired midway through the season, Mike Zimmer elevated him to the offensive coordinator job. He had some familiarity with quarterback Sam Bradford, having worked with him in both St. Louis (where Bradford won Offensive Rookie of the Year) and again in Philadelphia.
It was a rough transition for the Vikings, going from Turner's power running, chuck it deep system to Shumur's more. . .shall we say "modern". . .offense.The fact that the Vikings' offensive line was a complete disaster in 2016 didn't help matters either. But, thanks to a year in the system and a couple of offensive line upgrades, the Minnesota offense made a huge jump under Shurmur in 2017. Despite losing Sam Bradford after the first week of the season and star rookie running back Dalvin Cook in Week 4, the Vikings' offense jumped from 23rd to 10th in scoring and from 28th to 11th in yardage.
Shurmur is going to get a bit of a bad rap from his first stint as an NFL head coach, as he was the coach in Cleveland for two years and went 9-23. But, given the state that Cleveland has been in for much of the recent past, it's hard to hold that against him. He's a solid coach that probably deserves another opportunity to be the man in charge.
The Giants have now requested permission to speak with Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia and Shurmur. They are also expected to speak with Steve Wilks, and have an interview already set up with Eric Studesville.
There was also this report mentioning former coach Ben McAdoo:
On Broncos radar for QB coach: Ben McAdoo and Ken Zampese. Vance Joseph and McAdoo were previous on SF staff together. Joseph and Zampese were with Bengals. McAdoo and Zampese both looking for OC jobs. Interim QB coach Klint Kubiak will stay on Broncos staff. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 2, 2018