New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur had an interesting response when asked about the safety the team allowed in Sunday’s loss.
On Sunday, the New York Giants failed to win their third consecutive matchup. At 2-2, the Minnesota Vikings were too much for the 2-2 Giants on either side of the football. The Vikings came away with the 28-10 victory, as Big Blue dropped to 2-3 on the year.
In the second quarter of the loss, the Giants forced a fumble of Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook, one in which Big Blue recovered at their own one-yard line. On the succeeding play, Giants rookie running back Jon Hilliman got the carry, only to get pummeled in his own endzone by linebacker Anthony Barr.
The safety increased Minnesota’s lead to 15-7. When asked about that specific scoring play after the game, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur had an interesting response.
Shurmur on the safety: pic.twitter.com/z2Z2X2cnmc
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) October 6, 2019
Sarcasm from Shurmur there at the end? Shurmur getting a little antsy with the media? Who knows?
Nonetheless, it was definitely a weird play call. Giving the ball to your undrafted rookie running back in that situation is not exactly the greatest move. If it was Saquon Barkley, it would be a different story. But, it’s not. It’s Jon Hilliman, a guy who was on the practice squad just two weeks ago.
The Vikings thus got the ball after the safety and drove down for a 32-yard field goal from Dan Bailey. They went into the locker room with an 18-7 lead.
The Giants will now have a short week before they travel to Foxborough, MA. They’ll take on the undefeated New England Patriots at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday Night Football.