Giants expected to hire Pat Shurmur as head coach
The New York Giants have zeroed in on their new head coach.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Big Blue is expected to hire Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as the team’s new coach, per a source informed of the decision.
The Giants will mark the second stint for Shurmur as a head coach. He spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns in 2011-2012, compiling a 9-23 record.
Since then, he’s worked under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia (2013-2015) and Mike Zimmer in Minnesota (2016-2017). Shurmur displayed adaptability in each circumstance, adding elements from Kelly’s offense when he took over in Minnesota. The Vikings deployed one of the most balanced offensive operations in the NFL this season.
Shurmur’s ability to coax production out of Keenum — left for dead under Jeff Fisher last season — and his work with unheralded players such as receiver Adam Thielen should be a boon for a Giants offensive attack that was one of the worst in the NFL under Ben McAdoo and sans Odell Beckham Jr. in 2017. The latter is already geeked over the hire.
Yates left the game with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter after sustaining a hit. He immediately went to the sideline medical tent before walking to the locker room during halftime. He returned to the sideline at the start of the second half with the Texans trailing, 20-0.
The referee thought that I got hit in the head and pulled me out of the game, Yates said. I went off the field, passed the protocol in the tent, and it was at halftime so I went into the training room and passed all the tests and came back out in the second half.
In a somewhat strange turn of events, Heinicke then suffered a concussion on the first possession of the second half. He was examined in the medical tent before leaving for the locker room. Yates was given the green light to return minutes before Heinicke was hit.