Despite his place in the franchise as the Giants' quarterback of the future, Daniel Jones knows better than to bark orders at the front office regarding Pat Shurmur's fate.
But if the rookie signal caller and 2019 NFL draft's No. 6 overall pick had any say in the decision, he would bring the offensive-minded head coach back for 2020 and beyond.
"Yeah, I think, obviously, that's well above my paygrade," Jones said Thursday after practice. "I've really enjoyed working with coach Shurmur and I think he's done a whole lot for my development and my growth. So I think, yeah, he's been great for me."
Before the open locker room with players, Shurmur made a coment about the Giants' progress, noting that the team would "find out next year" if it is close to making the playoffs.
In a follow-up question from a report asking if Shurmur thinks he will be around to see that through, his response was short.
"That's been a weekly question," Shurmur said. "That's probably a question for later on. We'll see."
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"He's a great coach...How he's coached me has been very important for my development. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to work with him" pic.twitter.com/uMsFL14krM
The Giants are 9-22 through nearly two seasons under Shurmur, following a 5-11 debut in 2018 with a 4-11 mark through 15 games of 2019.
As the season closes with Week 17's 4:25 p.m. finale against the NFC East-leading Eagles (8-7) Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it is unknown whether or not a win to knock Philadelphia out of the playoffs would factor into the Giants' decision.
"It's been good for me since I got here and I think he's a great coach," said Jones, who has completed 256 of 412 passes (62.1 percent) for 2,726 yards and 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions with 42 carries for 253 yards (6.0 average) and two touchdowns. "I think, particularly, for a young quarterback to have an opportunity to work with him as he's kind of installed his offense and how he sees it and how he's coached me has been very important for my development as well as (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike) Shula. So very grateful to have an opportunity to work with him."