Why the Giants Need a Coaching Change

Rob Lep

Since the start of his tenure as head coach of the New York Giants before the 2018 season, Pat Shurmur has a 7-21 record that has been devoid of consistency. And unfortunately for the Giants, they haven’t come any closer to achieving a winning consistency than they did with Ben McAdoo or in the latter years of Tom Coughlin’s career, post-Super Bowl XLVI.

For the record, the Giants were 13-15 in McAdoo’s 28 games regular-season games as head coach before firing him. He also made the postseason in his first season.

With the Giants fourth-quarter collapse versus Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, it only furthers the narrative that the Giants should fire Shurmur as their head coach.

“At some point, we’ll be good enough to win,” Shurmur said after Sunday’s 31-13 loss.

Shurmur may very well be right. Whether he’ll be the head coach long enough to see it come to fruition is a different question.

Should he be allowed to see the job through to completion? The evidence doesn’t support giving Shurmur another season as laid out in these top four reasons the Giants need to cut their losses and end the Pat Shurmur era now:

Daniel Jones Factor

One of the few bright spots in the early stages of the Shurmur-Dave Gettleman era has been the selection of Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jones has the arm strength, mobility, confidence, and height, among many other things to be a successful franchise quarterback in this league, and at times has been dubbed “Eli Manning 2.0” for how he’s conducted himself both on and off the field.

Ultimately, Jones should be able to accomplish everything the organization feels he’s capable of. In his short time in the NFL, he’s shown flashes of brilliance. His debut versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned him NFC Offensive Rookie of the Week honors and began to stimulate some hope that the Giants might have another rookie of the year candidate.

On the flip side, Jones has also shown plenty of growing pains, including his three interceptions versus the Patriots and three fumbles versus the Arizona Cardinals. And it’s fair to wonder if he has the right coach to get him to the elite level, especially when the same issues seem to pop up every week.

Jones needs to take the necessary step forward, not just the rest of this year, but in Year 2 and beyond. The Giants cannot afford to see him go backward, as what has happened with other teams such as the Rams (Jared Goff) and Bears (Mitchell Trubisky).

Find a coach who can elevate Jones’ talents to the next level.

Lack of Growth/ Development of Talent

Last season, Shurmur had the most talented wide receiver in the NFL in Odell Beckham Jr, a superstar running back in Saquon Barkley, and a plethora of big-money additions on defense (Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Landon Collins, etc.). Yet the Giants could only muster up five wins in what ended up as quarterback Eli Manning’s final full season.

This year the Giants went to more of a youth movement, but it’s fair to argue that they haven’t gotten the most out of the roster he’s been given.

Cornerback DeAndre Baker has struggled and now splits time with Sam Beal. Edge Lorenzo Carter has had a relatively quiet season and guard Will Hernandez hasn’t quite reached the Pro Bowl level that many thought his talents might take him to.

The great coaches in the game can elevate the players they have. Shurmur hasn’t shown he’s been able to do that in two seasons in charge of the Giants.

Loss of “The Giants Way”

WNBC’s Bruce Beck coined this term, speaking about the New York Giants losing the “Giants Way” after the shocking benching of Eli Manning for Geno Smith back in November 2017.

Under Shurmur and Gettleman, the hope was this narrative of lousy Giants football could be changed. It hasn’t. The team has, in the eyes of many, become a laughingstock, a hard pill to swallow considering all the talent the Giants have had and that they’ve only managed to muster a 2-9 record this season and a 7-21 mark in their last 28 games.

Those records are embarrassing, especially for a proud organization like the Giants and its ownership duo of the Mara and Tisch families, both highly regarded voices in the NFL landscape.

The Giants need to get back to the Giants Way. Shurmur, based on the result seen on the field, doesn’t appear to be the man who can lead them back to the promised land.

In-game Decision Making

Shurmur has insisted on serving as his own play-caller. While he proved to be a very good play caller while with the Vikings, every week, it seems as though the Giants have something pop up during the game that leaves one wondering if Shurmur is overwhelmed during the game to handle both the play calling and managing the sideline.

There's a long laundry list for sure. Most recently, there was recently last week's fiasco in not substituting the defense for the punt return team. This week, it was not calling a timeout when it was apparent the defense was confused during a hurry-up sequence in which Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers caught the Giants with 12 men on the field on the 17-yard touchdown pass to Devante Adams that broke open the game.

A head coach has enough to worry about during the game, and for Shurmur, he is also trying to bring along a rookie quarterback. Throw in the questionable in-game management decisions, and it's clear that Shurmur's way of doing things isn't working.

Is a Change Needed?

The Giants ownership likely doesn't want to make a change so soon after the significant upheaval of 2017 in which Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese were fired in-season. But given that things haven't progressed, they might not have any choice but to start over again with a new coaching staff.

What do you think Giants fans? Should the Giants fire Pat Shurmur? Tell us in the comments section below.

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ILUVNYGMEN
ILUVNYGMEN

Players regressing, routinely blowing assignments, strategically outfoxed, and generally confused not what one wants form a head coach, unfortunately this applies to most of the staff. Couple lousy coaching with a team long in hear but short in talent and you have this disaster. A house cleaning is well overdue, starting at the top

titan3130
titan3130

To all you guys who blame Shurmur. I agree in one repsect..A head coach should take on the role of a corporate CEO overseeing the operations and delegating to experts i.e. offensive coordinator in this case the play calling. Of course he can override or interject by calling for plays in certain instances..However, if you want to find real blame take a look at the deals Gettleman has made i.e giving away Snacks, Collins, OBJ, and Vernon for practically nothing. AND then the grand daddy of all stupid trades..In a rebuilding year when they are all ready out of contention for playoffs.. giving away two high draft round choices to get Williams from the Jets a guy who will be a free agent at the end of this season...I've been a Giant fan since the 1950's and lived through a lot of tough times..This is the most stupid illogical move I've ever seen the Giants do and they have done so doozies over the years I was at Yale Bowl when planes were flying over and people were burning their tickets.. DUMP GETTLEMAN...!!!!!!!! PS: Eli will be showcasing Monday night against the Eagles for a Job next year with somebody watching the nationally televised spectacle.. Great guy.. But he's had his day in the sun..

bigdaddystyle
bigdaddystyle

The Giants aren't talented enough for any coach. Shurmur stays if that is what Gettleman/Mara/Tisch want.

What we want to see is young talent getting experience. They're doing that. They need a lot more talent before it even matters who the coach is. Change comes incrementally, not with a new guy and a magic wand.

hfpaetz
hfpaetz

Shurmur needs to go. He is not a coach who manages the whole team, but a sideline playcaller. When things go bad, he buries his head in the play sheet. Occasionally, you need a coach to kick some butt, remove players who don’t perform, etc. as Parcells used to say...you can hire any fat guy off the street to hold. As a playcaller, he has no answer for Giants red zone woes or how to best utilize his best player. Saquon off tackle, Saquon up the middle... the best broken field runner in the NFL utilized like a fullback! The defensive backfield is a disaster. Receiver after receiver left uncovered for big gains. These guys would not be playing for any other coaches. Has anyone seen a pass rush lately? No scheme in place for consistent pressure. The Giants have personnel better than the coach. Remember when Coughlin taught Tiki Barber how not to fumble by holding ball high and tight? Has Shurmur taught his QB anything? He has got to go.

HoogieCoogieMan
HoogieCoogieMan

Don't think he will be gone. He will offer to make some Assistant coaching changes, 1st and foremost the OL coach, then the DC, WR, and DB are needed replacements. He will convince Gettleman, who sees the play calling is terrible, ALL GAME, every game for his two years, and Gettleman does nothing to stop this bleeding, to give him one more year. PS will make some coaching changes next season, will make his own same terrible play calls, will lose, and the Giants will then let PS go a year too late. The team is done, make a play caller change NOW!

ClayfromBklyn
ClayfromBklyn

We have just missed another good chance to upgrade. U of Wash's D-backs coach, Jimmy Lake, who I have been begging us to hire, just got the Head Coaching job there:

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

Readers

I think it is relevant that Shurmur won't reveal what any of the " behind the scenes " process ( which he claims ) is. Surely, he is not holding back strategic secrets which, if publicly revealed, would help future opponents defeat us. They can do that just by showing up. So is he just creating the last vestige of a smokescreen? If he reveals an area of progress, we will surely look to it on the field or where, Pat? If it doesn't show up somewhere, then we all know he is making it up, because there is obviously no progress in the play of the team. From a stubborn guy, who sticks with the party line even when the evidence cries out for change, if he says nothing about " behind the scenes progress," it has to be because there is nothing there, either.

ClayfromBklyn
ClayfromBklyn

Shurmur seems like a nice guy. I'd love to grab a beer with him. Hopefully, next yr, during a Giants game! :) He clearly isn't the answer/solution. Just as we were told Eli was no longer able to elevate the team, neither is Shurmur. And Eli has done a lot more for us & been a lot more successful than Pat ever has. We can be 2 & 10 with just about anyone as coach. What does Pat bring that makes us think that next yr will be better? Nothing. That alone is reason enough to move on.

SAIMULL
SAIMULL

Players have turned. This is over. If the players don't fight for you anymore, this could get uglier.

I think the only way to try without overthrowing the whole coaching/GM staff, is to miraculously find a replacement for Bettcher. If you can't find a guy who is competent and willing to work for Shurmur/Dave with the players he has, it will be a tough next year. So, all depends on if Shumur/Dave can find a DC from somewhere.

Defense is not sustainable and if Shurmur cant fix it, he goes and so does GM as they are a package deal.

GSachem42
GSachem42

All of the above is relevant but I think lack of growth and development is to kind, we've also seen some regression. Shurmur also seems to lack the ability to light a fire under this young group. Which I believe is a one of the finer qualities of a good coach, to be able to feed them everything they need to succeed and have them remain hungry enough to compete at the highest level. Gettleman I believe has drafted well and should be looking for a coach who squeezes the most out of the players they are given. Though it's time for him to stop dragging ass and protect himself and give these young men the coach they deserve. I feel as if Shurmurs players like him to much as in he's to nice, to easy going, maybe even more of a friend than a mentor. The Giants organization needs a coach who will demand accountability someone a little tougher like Tom Coughlin.

Eliscomin10
Eliscomin10

Bye Bye Balboni!

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

Readers

Shurmur is stubborn to the point where he cannot see and will not learn. Those are not qualities which can help this team improve. His method is wrong, and he is adamantly sticking with it.


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