By HCR Staff | Aug. 19, 2018
Between now and the start of the 2018 season, Head Coach Ranking will provide a scouting report on all 32 NFL head coaches. Today, we’ll take a look at New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.
It’s not often a coach who has a 10-23 record as a head coach gets a second chance, but Pat Shurmur did such an excellent job last season as the Vikings OC, he was going to be hard to ignore.
And we have no doubt that by the time his Giants tenure as head coach ends, he will do much better than 10-23.
What makes us so confident? Let’s delineate the reasons.
One, he comes into the Giants job with more repetitions as a head coach. Even though he had a losing record as the head coach of the Browns, every good and bad experience he had will be valuable as he makes judgments going forward for the Giants.
Two, he won’t have the shadow of Mike Holmgren looming over him as he did with the Browns. Holmgren was one of the finest head coaches of his generation, so every decision made by Shurmur as Browns head coach was compared against a decision Holmgren might have made. That’s simply a tough way to go about your day and try to put your own stamp on something. Shurmur doesn’t have anything like that to contend with on this go-round.
Three, he inherits a team with a lot more talent than he had during his Browns tenure. He has a future Hall of Fame quarterback, a rookie running back who has a chance to be one of the best running backs of his generation, and one of the best wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr.
Four, Shurmur now is supported by one of the most stable ownership groups in the NFL. He simply didn’t have this kind of stability during his Browns tenure.
Finally, Shurmur simply is grateful for a second chance. There had to have been moments where he wondered if he would ever get another shot, and now that he has, we believe that gratitude is going to produce a positive result for the Giants.
The only potential bumps in the road we’ll be watching for is how he works with new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The two have never worked together before, so until the going gets tough, we won’t know how they will respond.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman does a solid job with personnel, so Shurmer will be in good hands there.
The ingredients are there for a successful Giants season. Shurmur has the necessary experience, and he’s been around winning before. But the NFC East always is competitive, so Shurmur won’t have any walkovers.
Previous HC Previews:
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions
Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons
Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins