After his season ended Sunday night as Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur was hired Monday afternoon via a phone deal to become the new head coach of the Giants. Shurmur reportedly received a five-year deal to become the 18th head coach in club history.
The club was expected to make the announcement at a press conference Tuesday, but Shurmur was stranded in Minnesota due to a snow storm. Shurmur Is expected to be officially introduced Friday.
“We are pleased to welcome Pat to our organization and look forward to the leadership he will provide for our team,” said co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch in a released statement. “He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction. We interviewed six talented and qualified candidates, and we feel like Pat, with his vision and experience, is the right person to lead our team.”
Shurmur, 52, became the lead candidate for the position last week. Overall, he has 19 years of NFL coaching experience and posted a 9-23 record in two seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-2012.
He is expected to join GM Dave Gettleman in Mobile, Ala, to scout the nation’s top prospects at the upcoming Senior Bowl this weekend. The Giants have the overall number two pick in April’s draft, mainly due to their 3-13 overall record this past season that marked the most season losses in the club’s 92-year history