Giants Expected to Hire Vikings OC Pat Shurmur as Head Coach

Shurmur can't negotiate with the Giants until the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs.

Pat Shurmur
Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur. (Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The New York Giants might have decided on a new head coach. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team is expected to hire Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as the team’s new coach. Shurmur cannot negotiate or sign with the Giants until the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs, which could happen as early as Sunday when they play the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game. Shurmur, 52, is a strong candidate due to his work with quarterback Case Keenum this season and Sam Bradford last year after taking over for Norv Turner midway through the campaign. Since Eli Manning is nearing the end of his run, the franchise must find a new QB. As the Vikings OC, Shurmur led Keenum and the offense to a top-10 rating in points per game, rushing yards per game and third-down conversion rate. Minnesota finished 11th in passing yards per game with 234.6. The Vikings deployed one of the most balanced offensive operations in the NFL this season, writes Giants players already seem excited about the potential news.

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