New York Giants: Potential Coaching Replacements for Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur is most likely done as the head coach of the New York Giants after the season. He has lost nine consecutive games and it included a 23-17 loss on the road on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Shurmur has no idea how to make in-game adjustments and General Manager Dave Gettleman will also most likely be shown the door as well in the offseason. Who are some potential candidates to replace Pat Shurmur as head coach of the New York Giants in the offseason?
The first candidate that comes to mind is Ron Rivera. He coached the Carolina Panthers and Rivera is a coach that can change a culture overnight. His record with Carolina was 76-63-1. He won three straight NFC South Titles from 2013-2015. Rivera will know how to use his players. He also led them to a Super Bowl L appearance but they lost to the Denver Broncos 24-10.
The second candidate that comes to mind is Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule. He has some ties to the New York Giants organization, but New York has whiffed on offensive-minded coaches. Rhule fixed a college program overnight in Baylor and he almost landed the New York Jets job last offseason. That job went to Adam Gase instead.
The third candidate that comes to mind is San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh. Saleh is one of the reasons why San Francisco has a legit defense this season and he is going to be a hot commodity for a coaching gig. Robert Saleh has the alpha male mentality and he also brings a positive vibe inside the locker room. Saleh also has the 49ers playing a 4-3 scheme and that is something that the New York Giants maybe need to go back to because the 3-4 scheme under Defensive Coordinator James Betcher is not working.
The fourth candidate that comes to mind is the University of Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. It is possible that Harbaugh might be leaving Michigan at the end of the season and he will be considered for a lot of coaching openings. Jim Harbaugh will fix teams overnight and he is a culture changer. He helped the San Francisco 49ers get to a Super Bowl in 2013 against the Baltimore Ravens, but they lost that game by a score of 34-31.
The fifth candidate that comes to mind is the University of Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley. He has led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff in the first three seasons as the head coach over there. Riley is an offensive genius and he will be another hot commodity for a head coaching gig this offseason. It will be interesting to see where he lands, but the New York Giants should definitely consider interviewing him for sure.
The sixth candidate that comes to mind is current Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett. He has been the head coach ever since the 2010 season. Garrett is a mediocre coach though and for some reason, Dallas has been hanging onto him for longer than they should have. Jason Garrett has been to the playoffs a couple of times with the Cowboys.
The seventh candidate that comes to mind is Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Bieniemy is currently the offensive coordinator under Head Coach Andy Reid. Reid usually has a really good coaching tree. Doug Pederson is working out with the Philadelphia Eagles and Matt Nagy is working out with the Chicago Bears. Eric Bieniemy is ready to be a head coach now. He knows how to call the plays. Bieniemy also has a ton of weapons to work with including players like Patrick Mahomes. Tyreek Hill, LeSean McCoy, Melcole Hardman Jr., and Travis Kelce.
It will be interesting to see which route the New York Giants decide to take in the offseason. New York needs a coach that will be there for a long time like Tom Coughlin was. Ben McAdoo could have lasted longer if he handled things differently. As for Pat Shurmur, he will probably never be a head coach in the NFL ever again. We thought that he was bad because Shurmur coached the Cleveland Browns for two seasons, but nope, it is obvious that he can not coach in the NFL.
New York Giants Owner John Mara needs to develop a new culture with this football team and they need to go back to their winning ways like they once did. New York has not won the Super Bowl since Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots in 2012 by a score of 21-17. They have won four Super Bowls in franchise history. It feels like the glory days are gone and they need to regain it. It feels like the 1970s for the Giants right now and they need to get out of it.
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