Vikings OC Shurmur to be next Giants coach

Beth Cruz
January 16, 2018

Shurmur, 52, was in contention to succeed the recently retired Bruce Arians as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

The Vikings hired Shurmur as their tight ends coach in 2016, and he became the team's interim offensive coordinator last November after Norv Turner resigned. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Shurmur is "expected to accept" the job if offered.

Reports from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News and Peter King of Sports Illustrated pointed towards Patricia as New York's next head coach, but the New England Patriots defensive coordinator is now expected to fill the head coaching vacancy in Detroit. After finishing 2017 ranked 21st in total yards (314.2) and 31st in points per game (15.4), the Giants long for the kind of production Shurmur had with the Vikings: 10th in scoring (23.9 points a game), 11th in total yardage (356.9), and seventh in rushing yardage (122.3).

Shurmur, 52, starting in the National Football League in 1999 as a tight ends coach for Philadelphia.


It has been a wonderful season to watch the Vikings offense with Shurmur leading the charge. He also served as interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 after Chip Kelly was sacked, going 1-0 in his lone game.

Pat Shurmur, who went to a Super Bowl as a quarterbacks coach with the Eagles in 2005, served as offensive coordinator under Steve Spagnuolo during the latter's first two years as head coach with the St. Louis Rams. He signed a one-year deal in March and took over when Bradford was injured. After Ben McAdoo was sacked after Week 13 and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo finished out the season, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was the favorite to land the job. He has the CEO persona that general manager Dave Gettleman said he prefers and would be a stabilizing presence for a team rocked by on- and off-the-field drama the past two seasons.

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