Pat Shurmur has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the New York Giants after their 34-17 loss against Philadelphia on Sunday night. The rumor was first reported on Sunday morning prior to the Giants game against Philadelphia by Chris Mortensen, and it has now been confirmed.
Bleacher Report claimed that there was a split in whether the owners wanted to release Shurmur. Steve Tisch was open to letting go of the coach, while John Mara wasn’t sold on the idea. The deciding factor allegedly was how Daniel Jones developed during his first NFL season. Closing the season with 2,726 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, Jones had a promising, albeit mixed rookie season and that was enough to see Shurmur let go.
It leaves the Giants looking for their fourth head coach since 2016, with Shurmur replacing Ben McAdoo in early 2018. Ron Rivera has been mentioned as a potential candidate, although Washington and Rivera have mutual interest. Freddie Kitchens could also be a possible candidates after being released by Cleveland on Sunday.