What struck me during our conversation is that being the head coach of the New York Giants is not too big for him.
Expectations remain very low across the league that many of the remaining franchise players will get long-term deals. Particularly among the non-specialists.
In most cases there is barely any dialogue or meaningful negotiation at this point ahead of Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, with the sides far, far, away from any common ground and time starting to wane.
I can’t wait to start working with Pat, Gettleman said in a statement. I know he will provide the type of leadership we need to take our team back to where it belongs. I have followed Pat’s career for many years, and he has had great success wherever he has been. He is made for this moment and this opportunity.
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Shurmur takes over for Steve Spagnuolo, who served as interim coach after Ben McAdoo was surprisingly fired on December 10.
With Shurmur now in place, the Giants will now need to figure out what to do with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Shurmur and Gettleman will also need to figure out where Eli Manning fits in the team’s future.
The job in New York is Shurmur’s second head coaching job. The 52-year-old spent two seasons in Bilal Powell Jersey Cleveland (2011-12), where he went 9-23 with the Browns. After leaving Cleveland, Shurmur served as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for three seasons and even coached the team on an interim basis for one week after Chip Kelly was fired in 2015. Shurmur then joined the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016 before being promoted to offensive coordinator after Norv Turner unexpectedly resigned during the middle of the season.
Follow the breadcrumbs on this one and it is not difficult to figure out why the NFL would be willing to push for this. Throughout the the 2017 season, the NFL has been attacked by the President of the United States for not taking a stand against players who kneel during the national anthem.
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There are many fans out there who see the kneeling as disrespectful to the troops and, in turn, focus their vitriol arising from the kneeling towards the NFL itself. The last thing the NFL wants is for THE TROOPS CAN’T WATCH FOOTBALL headlines to overshadow what has the potential to be two great games on Sunday. (If those headlines get written, they are probably not that generous towards the NFL in various corners of the Internet, even if shutting down the network has nothing to do with the NFL.)