The quicker the Minnesota Vikings lose, the sooner the Giants can hire Pat Shurmur officially as the 18th head coach in franchise history and execute GM Dave Gettleman’s vision for the team.
But Giants fans, be honest: Not only do you want to see the Philadelphia Eagles lose Sunday night’s NFC Championship Game to the Vikings, but wouldn’t it mean something special for the Giants if Shurmur were to arrive in East Rutherford as a Super Bowl champion, even if it took two more weeks for him to sign the contract?
It’s time to pull for Pat.
Shurmur, 52, has been to a Super Bowl before at the end of the 2004 season as Donovan McNabb’s quarterbacks coach in Philly, losing Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots, 24-21, in Jacksonville.
But if Shurmur in Year 1 as Vikings offensive coordinator with Case Keenum at quarterback helps lead the team to an NFC championship, and then Minnesota claims the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory on its home field, think of how much more buzz Shurmur’s arrival in New York would create.
The Giants can’t officially hire Pat Shurmur as the team’s head coach until the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs.
Shurmur is a respected veteran NFL offensive mind, but his credibility as a coordinator, his moxie as an offensive motivator and perhaps even his cachet as a coach would soar, giving the Giants a much-needed jolt of momentum even if they were technically stealing it from their purple-clad NFC North brethren.
Odell Beckham Jr. seemed to already be feeding off the energy of Stefon Diggs’ magical 61-yard walk-off touchdown catch-and-run from Keenum, on a play called by Shurmur, when OBJ saw the news of Shurmur’s likely Giant hiring the very next day.
“God really works in mysterious ways….let the journey begin…. I’m geeeked,” Beckham tweeted Monday.
No doubt Beckham saw Diggs’ sprint into the history books on Sunday night and has seen himself a thousand times in his mind making the same kind of immortal play. And now here comes the coach who drew it up to run Beckham’s offense and put the ball in his hands.
Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard touchdown catch sent the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.
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It takes more than an offensive system and a play call to win. The Giants need to rebuild the culture of their locker room, the backbone of their defense, and their offensive line.
But hey, last year, when tight end Rhett Ellison left the Vikings as a free agent and signed with the Giants, his father, Riki, a former NFL linebacker, accused the Vikes of having “toxic leadership” on Twitter and said “of course” Ellison believed he had a better chance of winning in New York.
So, yes, teams’ fortunes can turn — both ways — quicker than most believe.
Shurmur, though, could benefit from the boost of a deeper playoff run, too. Because at the moment, based on returns so far on his stern and non-descript personality, he sounds like a more experienced, more respectful version of Ben McAdoo. And that is no comment on the job Shurmur will do with the Giants, just the perception that he brings encouraging qualifications but nothing that knocks your socks off and says, ‘Hire that guy yesterday.’
Pat Shurmur has done wonders working with Case Keenum.
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But what if he walks in with a Super Bowl? What if Shurmur strides to the podium in East Rutherford in early February as the man who just helped Keenum topple Tom Brady, and takes over a Giants franchise that beat Brady’s Patriots in both of its most recent two Super Bowl victories, and says, ‘Let’s go do it again, together?’
That would probably make it easier for Shurmur to get everyone to buy in right from the start, not just the fans but most importantly the players, too.
So sure, a Vikings loss Sunday helps Shurmur get his Giants staff together to get working in a critical offseason with a No. 2 overall pick in the Giants’ pockets. But wouldn’t it be thrilling if he takes over here as a champion?
It Shur would.
Source: Ny Daily News