The New York Giants 31-13 loss to the Packers at home gave Pat Shurmur and his team eight straight losses and plenty of grist for the rumor mill. Shurmur now has seven wins and 21 losses in almost two seasons with the Giants.
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch tells Bruce Beck of WNBC that “It’s been a very frustrating season. At the end of the season, John Mara & I are gonna get together & discuss the future. As partners we have to be very honest with each other about where we see this team going into the 2020 season.”
Those aren’t words of someone willing to stay the course with Shurmur. Even Shurmur admits he is “well aware of it,” when asked about the criticism. Shurmur would be the third Giants head coach in five seasons to get his walking papers, which does make this decision tough for management, but Mara and Tisch may not have much of a choice.
Shurmur puts some blame on the Giants age, saying, “This is a historically young team that’s going out there and competing against some really good football teams.” Of course, in the NFL, excuses get you nothing. Wins are the only currency worth wielding for any head coach, and Shurmur hasn’t produced one since Week 4 against a bad Washington team.
Shurmur likely will need to rest his hopes of retaining his job in these last four weeks. His team takes on the Dolphins, Washington, and Eagles twice, all winnable games, but they’ve lost plenty of winnable games this year.