3 Coaches the Giants Could Consider If Pat Shurmur is Fired Prior to 2020 Season
By Max Staley
It's been a rough few seasons for the New York Giants. Since 2013, the Giants have gone a combined 40-68, posting just one winning season (2016, 11-5) during that span. Things haven't gotten much better under Pat Shurmur, either.
Shurmur is 7-21 since taking over head coaching duties in 2018, and with New York now having lost eight straight, it's far from a guarantee that he'll be returning next season. If the Giants ultimately decide to move on next season, here are three potential replacements for Shurmur.
1. Robert Saleh, Defensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
When the Giants have been at their best, it's usually been thanks to a dominant defense. If New York is looking to regain that defensive identity, then Robert Saleh could be the perfect man for the job. He's been instrumental in helping take the San Francisco 49ers from the fifth-worst scoring defense in 2018, to the second-best unit in 2019. New York could instantly look to rebuild its defense by selecting Chase Young with its first pick, and hiring Saleh to coach him up, as he's done with fellow Ohio State product, Nick Bosa.
2. Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator, Baltimore Ravens
However, given the investment this team just made in Daniel Jones, the Giants' utmost priority might be to ensure he reaches his potential. Right now, there don't appear to be many offensive minds coaching at a higher level than Greg Roman. His Baltimore Ravens are scoring 33.8 points per game (PPG) this season – more than 4.5 PPG more than any other team in the league. In fact, Roman has actually been productive at every stop in his career. The 49ers were a top-12 scoring offense in three of Roman's four seasons as the team's OC, and the Buffalo Bills were a top-12 scoring offense in both of his seasons in Buffalo. Roman specializes in building a dynamic running game, and maximizing Saquon Barkley's talent could help take a lot of pressure off Danny Dimes.
3. Eric Bieniemy, Offensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
It can be hard to separate the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator from Andy Reid, but that position has had a pretty strong track record as of late. While Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles head coach) and Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears HC) are leading teams that are having down years, they've both proven to be solid offensive minds and head coaches. And Eric Bieniemy could be the next KC coordinator in line for a promotion. He's been an integral part of a Chiefs' team that has been a top-3 scoring offense in back-to-back seasons, and he's undoubtedly done an excellent job helping with Patrick Mahomes' development. Jones won't suddenly become Mahomes, but Bieniemy has proven he can develop talent and that could make him a great hiring for the Giants.
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