Minnesota Vikings: 4 possible replacements for Pat Shurmur next season

Minnesota Vikings: 4 possible replacements for Pat Shurmur next season

Mike Zimmer has seen firsthand the magic Pat Shurmur can work. He began 2017 with the less-mobile Sam Bradford behind center.

Shurmur is expected to be named the head coach of the Giants as soon as the Vikings' season is over, whether that is Monday or on February 5 after Super Bowl LII. The Eagles won that game, bringing Shurmur's career record as a head coach to 10-23. His offense is a big reason why the Vikings are in the NFC Championship Game despite the loss of their starting quarterback and starting running back early in the season.

In his first full season as the offensive coordinator for the Vikings, the team finished in the top-half of the league in yards per game and points per game, just one year after finishing 28 and 23 in those respective categories.

If not, the Giants have to wait until after the Super Bowl.

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"If he gets an opportunity", Zimmer said, "I think he'll be successful". Zimmer was the defensive coordinator of the Bengals during that period. Shurmur originally joined his staff as the tight-ends coach following a stint as Cleveland Browns head coach and as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. "I always thought his schemes did a good job". He's a smart guy, good relationship with the players. "He's done an outstanding job this year".

The 52-year-old interviewed with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and the Giants, and it had been reported that he was the Cardinals' top choice. In retrospect, considering Cleveland's recent struggles, that might not have been so bad: The Browns are 1-31 over the past two seasons under Hue Jackson.

Unfortunately for the Giants, the head coach position is far from the only thing that the team has to address this offseason.

Zimmer is not the only one to believe Shurmur would thrive with the Giants. Hiring Shurmur will not solve all the team's problems, but doing so benefits the Giants far more than the hiring of a defensive-minded coach, both in the team's short-term and long-term plans at quarterback.


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