Giants fire Pat Shurmur after two seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Giants made a coaching change on “Black Monday.” The team parted ways with head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Giants finished the 2019 season with a 4-12 record. In Shurmur’s two seasons as the team’s leader, the Giants went 9-23.

Pat Shurmur (Getty Images)

They will have the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Steve and I have had many extensive discussions about the state of the Giants,” Co-Owner John Mara said. “This morning, we made the very difficult decision that it would be in the best interest of the franchise that we relieve Pat of his duties. The last three seasons have been extremely disappointing for the organization and our fans. Pat has been a successful and highly-respected NFL coach for 21 years and he is not solely responsible for our record. But we came to the conclusion it is best to have a fresh start with the coaching staff. We very much appreciate how much Pat has done for this franchise. He is a man of character and integrity and the team has conducted itself with pride and professionalism.

“As owners, we take full responsibility for our recent poor record. It is our goal to consistently deliver high-quality football and we will do everything in our power to see that there is a rapid and substantial turnaround.”

The 54-year-old Shurmur has gone 19-46 as a head coach in the NFL. In his two full tenures — one with the Cleveland Browns and the other with the Giants — his team had identical 9-23 records.

He will likely find himself another job in the league as a position coach or offensive coach.

While Shurmur was fired, the team decided to keep general manager Dave Gettleman. The ownership said his draft selections to build a young core was the reason to keep him around for at least another season. 

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