Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Giants Targeting Vikings' Pat Shurmur As Head Coach

Giants Targeting Vikings' Pat Shurmur As Head Coach

Shurmur brings experience, having served as head coach of the Browns in 2011-12 (with a 9-23 record).

Shurmur was not the Giants' first option for the head coaching position.

After being beat out by Doug Pederson for the Eagles' full-time head coaching job, Shurmur went to the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016.

The 52-year-old Shurmur has been one of this offseason's hottest coaching candidates after he helped Case Keenum to a career season in Minnesota. If Shurmur becomes the Giants' head coach, he could return a favor by retaining Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.

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Shurmur was reportedly a finalist for the Cardinals' coaching job left vacant by Bruce Arians' retirement. Shurmur has also been key in helping Minnesota reach its first NFC Championship appearance since the 2009 season. The move can not be formalized until the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs.

Shurmur is in his second season with the Vikings. The Giants and new general manager Dave Gettleman have the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, and they could be in the market for a quarterback with Eli Manning turning 37 earlier this month. The Titans spot just opened on Monday morning and it is also being reported New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels is the front runner for the Colts job.

The rules say coaches still in the postseason can only interview again next week if they had been interviewed once already, but Ian Rapoport tweeted that meant any coach who had been interviewed period, not just by the Titans.

Shurmur returned to the Eagles as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator in 2013. When Kelly was dismissed prior to the 2015-16 season finale, Shurmur took the helm for a 35-30 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium, ironically the last time the Giants reached the 30-point plateau. Keenum, who took over for the injured Sam Bradford and threw for more than 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. Minnesota finished 11th in total offense this season.

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