Pat Shurmur will probably be launched because the 18th head coach of the New York Giants on Friday and it’ll even be his first time answering questions from the media.
Shurmur, 52, was formally named the pinnacle coach on Monday and has spent the week in Cellular, Ala., scouting the Senior Bowl.
He has already assembled a few of his teaching workers, and GM Dave Gettleman stated Shurmur, who was named the PFWA Assistant of the Yr as Vikings offensive coordinator, would be the offensive play-caller.
There are nonetheless loads of questions Shurmur faces, although. Listed below are 10 questions the brand new Giants head coach can anticipate:
How do you view Eli Manning in 2018?
Gettleman went on the file Wednesday saying Eli Manning will return because the Giants quarterback in 2018. He stated Manning’s Week 15 efficiency in opposition to the Eagles, by which he threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns, “was not a mirage” after watching additional tape on the quarterback.
However Shurmur is the pinnacle coach, and whereas he’s probably on the identical web page as Gettleman, he nonetheless wants to elucidate what he sees in Manning and why he believes Manning is the suitable match for subsequent season.
Is there a long-term plan for all times after Manning?
Shurmur has had loads of success with quarterbacks, from the job he did with Case Keenum this previous season and being the offensive coordinator for Nick Foles when he threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013. So is a part of his imaginative and prescient for the Giants to develop the inheritor obvious to Manning? The Giants have already got Davis Webb, however Shurmur might additionally draft his personal quarterback with the No. 2 decide. How he views the way forward for the Giants’ quarterback might point out how they go within the draft.
How do you intend to alter the tradition?
Shurmur enters a scenario the place three gamers had been suspended final season, two obtained right into a public spat with each other and your entire protection seemingly stop when issues didn’t go proper. Shurmur should clarify why these sorts of issues is not going to occur below his watch whereas additionally bringing again a profitable mentality.
What do you anticipate from Odell Beckham Jr.?
Shurmur is coming from an offense the place he had Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen — a fifth rounder and undrafted free agent. Now he will get top-of-the-line large receivers within the recreation, so will probably be fascinating to listen to how he plans to get essentially the most out of Beckham.
In fact, there may be the opposite stuff. The outspokenness, the fines, the sideline drama, his contract scenario. How Shurmur handles that facet of Beckham might be extra vital.
What did you study in Cleveland?
That is Shurmur’s second head-coaching stint and his first go-around didn’t final very lengthy. He was fired after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, by which he went 9-21. Former Browns president Mike Holmgren, who employed Shurmur, advised the Every day Information that Shurmur didn’t talk with him sufficient and let the media hassle him. It is going to be fascinating if Shurmur agrees with that evaluation and if he believes this time will probably be totally different.
Are you prepared for the media scrutiny?
If Shurmur let the Cleveland media hassle him, then how is he going to deal with New York? Hopefully his pores and skin has grown a little bit thicker since then as a result of he’s now head coach of one of many extra prestigious franchises in skilled sports activities. The highlight will probably be on him always and when issues don’t go effectively he must be able to deal with it.
What impresses you about James Bettcher?
Shurmur’s first large rent on his teaching workers was bringing in James Bettcher as defensive coordinator. Bettcher was the defensive coordinator the final three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who boasted top-of-the-line defenses by way of permitting yards. What different qualities Shurmur noticed and preferred about Bettcher might supply some perception on the mentality each males will deliver.
Are you snug calling performs and being head coach?
One other factor Gettleman revealed on Wednesday is that Shurmur will probably be calling performs on offense. Shurmur did this for a season in Cleveland and shared these duties with Brad Childress his second season, so it’s not unknown to him. There are 9 present head coaches that share these duties they usually supply a blended bag from Sean McVay to Hue Jackson. The place will Shurmur fall on the size?
Have you ever spoken to any of the gamers but? And whom did you name first?
Head coaches don’t often turn out to be finest mates with their gamers, however attending to know them and discovering out what motivates them is definitely helpful. Shurmur has been coach for only one week — and it’s the offseason — however how he interacts and communicates with gamers might point out what sort of coach he will probably be.
What are you on the lookout for in an offensive coordinator?
Shurmur could also be calling the performs, however he nonetheless wants an offensive coordinator and will go many alternative routes. He might go along with expertise like he did in Cleveland with Childress, or he might go along with a younger, up-and-coming coach like he did with Bettcher on protection. Or perhaps he appears for a quarterback-focused coach with hopes of serving to the event of Manning’s eventual successor.