Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Shurmur Expected to Be Next Giants Head Coach

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Shurmur Expected to Be Next Giants Head Coach

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's most recent game as a head coach, albeit in an interim capacity for the Philadelphia Eagles, was three seasons ago at MetLife Stadium.

His next game as an NFL head coach will likely be for the New York Giants, not against them.

Shurmur is expected to be offered and accept the job, a source confirmed to The Record and NorthJersey.com on Monday.

The catch here is that Shurmur is not allowed to negotiate with or officially be hired by the Giants until the Vikings, who advanced to the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, are eliminated from the playoffs.

So, in other words, anything can happen to derail the anticipated agreement between now and then, although that is unexpected at this point.

Shurmur, 52, went 9-23 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12. He was also interim head coach of the Eagles for the 2015 regular season finale after Chip Kelly was fired in Philadelphia.

In a game that also served as Tom Coughlin's final game with the Giants, Shurmur's Eagles defeated Big Blue, 35-30.

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia's reported decision to join the Detroit Lions as their next head coach left Shurmur alone as the leading choice for the Giants. But as was with Patricia's candidacy, the situation was complicated as Shurmur was also a reported favorite for the Arizona Cardinals' opening, and if he were to prefer the desert rather than the Big Apple, the Giants would have been left in somewhat of a precarious position.

The NFL Network first reported Monday that Shurmur would indeed agree to become the head coach of the Giants, provided they make the offer when allowed by the league.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a third finalist for the Giants' job, is expected to accept the Indianapolis Colts job, the NFL Network reported.

The Giants were 10 seconds from being free to engage with Shurmur for a possible second interview Sunday night when his Vikings pulled out a nearly impossible triumph as time expired when Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs with a miracle 61-yard touchdown catch for a 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. …

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