Gi­ants have fired coach Pat Shur­mur, GM Dave Get­tle­man stays

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


Co-owner Steve Tisch is look­ing to take a greater role in the daily oper­a­tions of the New York Gi­ants as the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­gins a third coaching search in four years and faces crit­i­cism for re­tain­ing the gen­eral man­ager who hired the last coach.

The Gi­ants once again put them­selves in the post­sea­son spot­light for the off-the-field rea­sons when they fired coach Pat Shur­mur on Mon­day and elected to keep gen­eral man­ager Dave Get­tle­man de­spite the two com­bin­ing for nine wins over the past two sea­sons.

Co-owner John Mara said it was a gut in­stinct to fire Shur­mur after the Gi­ants (4-12) lost their reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles on Sun­day.

Mara added the de­ci­sion to keep the 68-year-old Get­tle­man was based on giv­ing him the chance to fin­ish a ma­jor over­all of the ros­ter, the scout­ing sys­tem and in­creased use of an­a­lyt­ics while spend­ing his first year on the job fight­ing cancer.

Get­tle­man has been crit­i­cized for some ques­tion­able

trades (Odell Beck­ham Jr. and Leonard Wil­liams) and his hit-and-miss free agent sign­ings, led by tackle Nate Solder, who has been in­con­sis­tent.

“He does know his bat­ting av­er­age has to in­crease go­ing for­ward,” Mara said in putting Get­tle­man on the spot for next sea­son.

Mara, Tisch and Get­tle­man met with Shur­mur on Mon­day morn­ing and in­formed him he was be­ing let go with three years left on his con­tact. Mara and Tisch said they have been talk­ing about the coaching sit­u­a­tion for weeks and were in agree­ment of the need to change. Mara felt there were games the team could have won this sea­son and didn’t.

Mara added there is no deny­ing the team made the wrong choices in hir­ing Ben McA­doo in 2016 and Shur­mur in 2018.

“I think there are some very at­trac­tive can­di­dates out there who will have in­ter­est in this job and I think we will get it right this time,” Mara said of the next coach, adding he wants a leader.

Tisch, who has been some­what of the si­lent coowner work­ing on the West Coast, plans to be more ac­tive after too many frus­trat­ing sea­sons.

“I am in­volved and I would like to be more in­volved. I will be­come more in­volved mov­ing for­ward in 2020,” said Tisch, adding the two men have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship and al­ways reach an agree­ment after shar­ing their dif­fer­ent opin­ions.

Both felt it was in the best in­ter­est to fire Shur­mur and keep Get­tle­man. They also shared the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the team hav­ing 12 wins over the last three sea­sons.

The four-time Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons have missed the play­offs seven times in eight years.

Mara and Tisch be­lieve Get­tle­man has as­sem­bled a good nu­cleus of young play­ers led by half­back Saquon Barkley and quar­ter­back Daniel Jones, and up­dated sev­eral lay­ers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We be­lieve it would be a mis­take the pull the plug on that after two years, par­tic­u­larly when you con­sider Dave spent the a ma­jor part of the first year fight­ing for his life,’’ Mara said.

Shur­mur had re­fused to spec­u­late about his fu­ture after the game. He felt the fran­chise, which dates to 1925, was in bet­ter shape than when he took over in Jan­uary 2018. He noted the or­ga­ni­za­tion now has salary cap room for free agency and draft picks, in­clud­ing the No. 4 over­all se­lec­tion in 2020.

The Gi­ants’ wins this past sea­son were not im­pres­sive. They beat Washington (3-13) twice, Mi­ami (5-11) and Tampa Bay (7-9).


File-Ths Dec. 29, 2019, file photo shows New York Gi­ants head coach Pat Shur­mur leav­ing the field after an NFL foot­ball game against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, Sun­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.


New York Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning (10) runs on the side­line in the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game against Philadel­phia Ea­gles on Sun­day, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Ruther­ford, N.J.


New York Gi­ants quar­ter­back Daniel Jones (8) is sacked by Philadel­phia Ea­gles de­fen­sive tackle Timmy Jerni­gan (93) in the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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