New York Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur didn’t dodge the question on Friday when asked if he would call offensive plays next season. He admitted that he would.
Shurmur, though, won’t make the mistake he made as a rookie coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2011. That year he also functioned as his own offensive coordinator.
Shurmur said Friday he had a list of things he would never do again as a head coach. He didn’t say for sure that functioning as his own offensive coordinator was on the list, but it sure sounded like it.
So, what is the plan for the offensive coordinator spot? For that matter, for the entire offensive coaching staff? While the defensive side of the coaching staff, headed by defensive coordinator James Bettcher, appears to be filled the offensive staff is a different story. Only wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert has been hired.
Shurmur said the search for an offensive coordinator is “a little bit behind the scenes right now.” He offered a huge hint about potential candidates, though, when he said “some of them are not quite currently available.”
The only teams with coaches who currently are not available are the ones in the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. Josh McDaniels isn’t coming to New York to work for Shurmur.
That leaves the Eagles.
There are two potential offensive coordinator candidates on the Eagles’ staff — quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and running backs coach Duce Staley.
DeFilippo was offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2016. After working with Carson Wentz the past two seasons he has been sought after. DeFilippo did get some head-coaching buzz this month. He would seem to be a great candidate, but whether or not he would be interested is another matter. DeFilippo has called his own plays in the past, he is on a path to becoming a head coach. Taking a job where he isn’t calling plays or installing his own offense might not be a great career move.
Staley, a former NFL running back, has been a coach with the Eagles since 2011. He was named running backs coach in 2013, and has been there ever since. Shurmur, of course, was in Philly as offensive coordinator from 2013-15. Thus, Staley knows what Shurmur wants and a move to the Giants as offensive coordinator — without play-calling duties — would be an upward career move.
Another name to consider
Minnesota Vikings QB coach Kevin Stefanski: Has been with the Vikings in a variety of roles since 2006. He worked with Shurmur the past two seasons — as running backs coach in 2016 and quarterbacks coach last year. The Vikings would appear to want to keep the 35-year-old Stefanski, and may offer him the opportunity to replace Shurmur as the team’s offensive coordinator.