FROM MANNING TO JONES
Shurmer lacks accolades from tenure with Giants, but does get credit for the QB switch
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) >> With six games left in his second season as coach of the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur doesn’t have a lot to show for his tenure.
His record is 7-19 and the Giants (2-8) are going into their bye week on a six-game losing streak. If they lose one more, it will guarantee a third straight losing season. Also very likely are a third straight year out of the playoffs, and seven out of eight overall out of the postseason since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.
Co-owner John Mara has not talked about the team with the media since training camp so his thoughts about its struggles and the future of Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman are uncertain.
The previous time he spoke with the media, Mara had said he wanted to feel positive about the team’s future after its final game this season.
Mara will eventually talk about the team again and probably vent a little since he hates losing. People might lose jobs.
Before that happens, there are a couple of things to be
said about Shurmur after 10 games with a young team.
The 54-year-old former offensive lineman has kept the locker room together despite the losing. Even more important, he had the guts to sit two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning after two losses to start the season and make the quarterback switch to Daniel Jones, the sixth pick overall in the draft.
There is no doubt Jones has made more than his fair share of mistakes over the past eight games as a starter. His 16 turnovers since becoming the starter are unacceptable. His is learning though and for the first time in more than a decade the Giants know they have a replacement for Manning on the roster.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) pauses during the second half of the team’s NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass as New York Jets’ Jamal Adams (33) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. Adams forced a fumble on the play.