Another 2018 opponent of the San Francisco 49ers has a new head coach. The New York Giants fired Ben McAdoo late in the 2017 season, and on Monday announced the hiring of Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. This follows the Monday morning news that the Arizona Cardinals hired Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilkes to be their next head coach.
Shurmur is on his second full head coach job, and his third if you can interim jobs. He was the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2011 and 2012, and then was interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 after they fired Chip Kelly (Shurmur had been their OC from 2013 to 2015). After Philadelphia hired Doug Pederson, Shurmur joined the Minnesota Vikings as tight ends coach. He became interim OC that same year after Norv Turner retired, and was named permanent OC in 2017.
Like most any team looking for a new coach, the Giants face plenty of questions. They struggled amidst numerous injuries, but the biggest question surrounds the future of Eli Manning. The Giants hired Dave Gettleman as general manager, and he “reaffirmed his desire” to stick with Manning. It remains to be seen how true that will be, and how long that will last.
In the meantime, Gettleman and Shurmur take over a team that holds the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They could find their quarterback of the future there, but if Manning is sticking around, I find it hard to see them drafting a quarterback that high. A non-QB makes more sense to get whatever else they can out of Manning, but if they want to make it interesting, they could deal down, get a QB later, and still find an impact player in the first round. The top ten could swing quite a bit based on how the Giants approach their quarterback position.