Following the New York Giants’ 31-13 loss to the Packers, Pat Shurmur’s Big Blue record is 7-21. That’s one reason he won’t be back.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The once-proud New York Giants franchise is going through one of the worst stretches in their 95-year history. The team is 10-34 over their last 44 games and is on its way to finishing last in the NFC East for the third-consecutive season.
Pat Shurmur has been head coach for 28 out of those 44 games and his record with the team is 7-21. In contrast, the previous head coach, Ben McAdoo, who fans couldn’t wait to run out of town, boasted a record of 13-15 during his time as head coach.
Unlike McAdoo, Shurmur may not be fired in-season. To his credit, there hasn’t been any turmoil in the locker room. However, there’s no way ownership should bring him back in 2020.
Giants fans can list a plethora of reasons why the team should part ways with Shurmur. Today, we list three key reasons why Shurmur should not be back in 2020.
Poor in-game adjustments
Despite the Giants 2-10 record and eight-game losing streak, their games have been relatively close at halftime (the lone exception being the season opener at Dallas).
However, Shurmur hasn’t pushed the right buttons or made the proper adjustments at halftime.
Opposing coaches and their coaching staffs, on the other hand, have made the necessary adjustments at halftime. So, their team prevails against the Giants. An example of this is the Giants’ Week 12 matchup against the Bears.
The Giants took a 7-3 halftime lead, but immediately following the second-half kickoff, the Bears went after rookie Corey Ballentine. They drove the ball 60 yards on just five plays to score a touchdown. That secured a lead that the Bears wouldn’t spoil.
It also doesn’t bode well for Shurmur that he has yet to fix any of the woes that have plagued the Giants all season, like Daniel Jones’s turnover issues and poor execution in the secondary.
His record speaks for itself
In addition to his record as Giants head coach, Shurmur’s record with the Browns and Eagles is an abysmal 17-44.
Shurmur has never come close to have an 8-8 season, let alone a winning season. The Giants can’t sell another year of Shurmur to a Giants fan base that is frustrated by the team’s performance the past several seasons.
Shurmur might be an excellent offensive coordinator, but not all coordinators are meant to be head coaches. Shurmur seems to fall into that category.
The Giants need a major shakeup
On Tuesday, co-owner Steve Tisch spoke about how he and John Mara need to have an honest conversation at the end of the season. They planned to talk about the future of the franchise.
Steve Tisch – @Giants Co-Owner – “It’s been a very frustrating season. At the end of the season John Mara & I are gonna get together & discuss the future. As partners we have to be very honest with each other about where we see this team going into the 2020 season.” #Giants pic.twitter.com/v7oUbIVbBG
— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) December 3, 2019
If they’re honest with themselves, they’ll realize the need to hit the reset button. The organization needs a major shake-up.
A fresh voice is needed to solidify a new beginning and new direction for the franchise. The New York Giants can’t do that if Shurmur is retained.
In order to make the necessary changes to turn the franchise’s fortunes around, Shurmur has to go. Let the search for a new head coach begin.