Giants Head Coach Rumors: Pat Shurmur Targeted by New York, Would Accept Job

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 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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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the top choice to fill the New York Giants' vacancy at head coach, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Shurmur would reportedly accept the job if it is offered.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported Sunday that Shurmur and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were the two finalists, though it appears the former has moved ahead in the team's mind.

If Shurmur accepts the job, New York won't be able to announce the hire until Minnesota is eliminated from the playoffs. The Vikings are set to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Similarly, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to become the Detroit Lions' new coach, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Shurmur struggled as a head coach in limited chances, totaling just a 10-23 record. He spent two seasons as the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2011-12, winning only nine games. He also went 1-0 as the Philadelphia Eagles interim coach in 2015.

The 52-year-old, however, has been successful as an offensive coordinator. Despite dealing with plenty of injuries, the Vikings finished the regular season with the 10th-most points in 2017, showing balance with the No. 7 rushing attack and No. 11 passing game.

Shurmur has also worked as an offensive coordinator for the Eagles and St. Louis Rams in his 19 years in the NFL.

If he becomes the next head coach in New York, he will have to turn around an offense that finished 31st in points on its way to a disappointing 3-13 season.

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