Vikings OC Pat Shurmur Interviews for Giants' Head Coach Position

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Minneapolis. One of the reasons the Vikings have blossomed into a Super Bowl contender this season is the influence of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who has become a hot candidate for several open head coach vacancies around the league. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)
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The New York Giants announced Saturday they interviewed Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for their vacant head coaching position.

The Giants have also interviewed defensive coordinator and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

New York fired Ben McAdoo in 2017 after a 2-10 start, allowing Spagnuolo to take over on an interim basis.

Shurmur has been Minnesota's offensive coordinator for parts of the past two seasons and served as its tight ends coach in 2016.

The 13-3 Vikings had a surprisingly strong offense, as they ranked 10th in scoring (23.9 points per game), 11th in total yardage (356.9 yards per game) and seventh in rushing (122.3 yards per game) in 2017.

The fact promising rookie running back Dalvin Cook (torn ACL) and starting quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) missed the vast majority of the season due to injury made the team's performance more impressive.

Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon thrived in the backfield, while journeyman quarterback Case Keenum had a career year with 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Shurmur has plenty of experience as an offensive assistant with the Vikes, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams, but he is also a former head coach.

He went 9-23 over two seasons as the Cleveland Browns' head man in 2011 and 2012 before going 1-0 as Philly's interim head coach at the end of 2015.

While Shurmur struggled in Cleveland, he is far from the only head coach to stumble in that situation.

The Giants are coming off a disastrous year after finishing No. 21 in total offense, but with Shurmur's teams finishing 13th or better in points in four of the past five seasons, he could cure many of New York's ills.

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