Reports: New York Giants expected to hire Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to be the next head coach of the New York Giants, according to multiple reports Monday.
The Giants cannot officially hire Shurmur until the Vikings' season -- which was extended by Stefon Diggs' miracle touchdown on Sunday -- is over. However, reports say Shurmur is the Giants' top choice to succeed Ben McAdoo, and that Shurmur will accept the position if offered.
The 52-year-old Shurmur has been one of this offseason's hottest coaching candidates after he helped Case Keenum to a career season in Minnesota. Shurmur interviewed with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and the Giants earlier this month, and a report last week named him as the Cardinals' top choice. The Bears have already hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to fill their vacancy, while New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to take the Lions job.
Shurmur was hired by the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016 but was promoted to interim offensive coordinator midseason when Norv Turner resigned after a 5-2 start. In Shurmur's first full season running the offense, the unit finished 11th in yards per game (356.9) and 10th in points (23.9) while Keenum posted a 98.3 passer rating, easily the best of his career.
A report earlier this month suggested Keenum and Shurmur could be a "package deal" this offseason, with the free-agent-to-be Keenum signing with whichever team hires Shurmur as its head coach.
Before joining Minnesota, Shurmur spent three seasons as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, taking over as interim head coach when Kelly was fired with one game remaining in the 2015 campaign. The Eagles won that game, bringing Shurmur's career record as a head coach to 10-23. He spent 2011 and 2012 at the helm of the Cleveland Browns, going 4-12 and then 5-11 before being fired.
If the Cardinals miss out on Shurmur, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is believed to be next on their wishlist.
--Field Level Media