Shurmer lacks ac­co­lades from ten­ure with Gi­ants, but does get credit for the QB switch

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

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.

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