Head coach Pat Shurmur will no longer be doing his weekly spot on WFAN as the tiff between the New York Giants and Mike Francesa escalates.
WFAN’s Mike Francesa has been one of the Giants’ biggest critics this season and in his weekly spot with head coach Pat Shurmur, he didn’t hold anything back. Rather than ask Shurmur questions about the game, Francesa used the opportunity to lace into the team.
“You look like a bad team through two weeks. I hate to say it, but you look like a terrible team. You’re not good at anything,” Francesa said, per NJ Advance Media.
“You’ve got a really good running back (Saquon Barkley), and you’ve got a good kicker (Aldrick Rosas) who missed a field goal yesterday. But other than that, you don’t look very good at anything. You can’t get the ball in the end zone and you can’t stop anybody. That’s a hard combination.”
The Giants and Shurmur obviously didn’t feel like the weekly interview with Francesa was worth it. First reported by the Newsday’s Neil Best, the Giants ended Shurmur’s weekly spot with WFAN after the Monday interview.
“I think that was an organizational decision not to do that,” Shurmur said Thursday. “Most people aren’t aware of this, but I wasn’t contractually obligated to do that spot. We did it as a courtesy and out of respect for our relationship with the radio station. We just felt like for a while, just put that to bed for a while and not do it and move forward.”
Francesa is apparently still holding a grudge for his lack of access to general manager Dave Gettleman during training camp. While the radio host makes valid points about New York’s holes on the field and the direction of the team, his outrage with the Giants feels like it’s about more than an 0-2 start.