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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur makes it known that he sees “behind the scenes” improvement and progress.

If you’ve witnessed the level of play the New York Giants have portrayed this year, you know they’re not making much progress. This team is now 2-9 through the first 12 weeks. They still have a chance to finish even worse than they did in the previous two seasons.

But despite what’s shown on the field, which has now succumbed to seven straight losses, head coach Pat Shurmur notes there are improvements being made. This progress just so happens to be “behind the scenes.”

“At one point I used to feel that saying your team was young was an excuse,” Shurmur said, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. “It’s a descriptive term for this team. It’s important that they figure it out quickly.

“The good news is that even though it hasn’t been quantified with wins — and I get that it’s the reality of this business, it changes the opinion of everybody when you win — I’ve seen the improvements behind the scenes that are necessary as we reset this thing and move it forward.”

Shurmur could very well be facing his final five games with the Giants. It’s difficult to think this organization would part ways with him prior to the end of the season. But with just seven wins combined since taking over as the lead guy on the coaching staff, New York may definitely fire him as early as Black Monday.

Within the final five matchups, the Giants have just two winnable games remaining, if that. They face the Packers, Eagles, Dolphins, Redskins and Eagles, in that order.

Green Bay has emerged as one of the top teams in the NFC, so that may be a loss. The Eagles, despite struggling for much of this year, always give the Giants issues. Therefore, that’s potentially another two tallies in the loss column for Big Blue.

The only games many could see them winning are the ones against Miami and Washington. However, you still never know with those matchups, especially due to the fact that the game against the Redskins is on the road. All-in-all, look for the Giants to most likely finish either 3-13 or 4-12.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.