- The Giants are reportedly considering firing Pat Shurmur.
- Tom Coughlin’s return would be intriguing for New York.
- Two other candidates could reignite the Giants, too.
Pat Shurmur’s second season with the New York Giants has gone no better than his first.
New York enters its Week 17 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles at 4-11, one win short of its finish a year ago. But even if the Giants beat their hated division rivals, they’ll still be far behind last season’s pace in terms of actual competitiveness. They’ve been outscored by a whopping 93 points heading into the regular-season finale, 50 points more than in 2018.
New York’s sustained struggles aren’t the fault of Shurmur alone. He wasn’t exactly dealt a winning roster by general manager Dave Gettleman. No team starting a rookie quarterback should be expected to compete for the playoffs, either.
But patience is running thin in the Meadowlands regardless.
There’s no guarantee implementing them will mean Shurmur’s dismissal. Gettleman is a more apt scapegoat, and ownership will no doubt consider the preference of Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones when broaching a change on the sidelines.
But Shurmur’s job is clearly at risk regardless. Here are three candidates New York could choose to replace him.
This might be a pipe dream.
Coughlin is already 73. He hasn’t coached in nearly a half decade. New York would no doubt be wary of bringing in a coach whose tenure as chief front office decision-maker for the Jacksonville Jaguars ended in controversy. Even if Coughlin’s reputation hadn’t been somewhat tarnished in Jacksonville, it might be prudent for the Giants to bring in a young coach to match the makeup of their roster.
Even so, the allure of bringing back Coughlin is too difficult to ignore. The magic he worked with Eli Manning to win Super Bowls with New York in 2007 and 2011 could perhaps be re-created with Jones. Coughlin’s defensive mastery…