Shurmur, the current Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, flew back to Minneapolis after the Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game to conduct exit interviews. Shurmur was signed to a five-year deal to succeed Ben McAdoo who was sacked with four games left in a 3-13 season that was marked by a season-ending injury to Odell Beckham and McAdoo benching Eli Manning in a move that blew up in his face and cost him his job. He returns to the head coaching ranks for the first time since leading the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12. "I would say probably a stern coach but at the same time a players' coach, somebody that will get on you but at the same time always have your back", he told First Take on January 3.
Shurmur has 19 years of National Football League coaching experience and is renowned for his ability to call plays on offense and get the best out of the quarterbacks under his care - highlighted by his work this season with Keenum.
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But the Giants also had problems in the locker room.
"I think if he gets the opportunity, he'll be successful", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "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".
The Vikings offensive coordinator can now negotiate and sign with another team now that his season is over. He spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator after being fired. He wouldn't comment on the Giants' head coaching vacancy, saying there was "another time and place for that". He coached in college at Stanford and Michigan State.