Pat Shurmur has all but one coaching slot open on his staff, and a longtime Eagles friend could be the top candidate for that offensive coordinator position.
Running backs coach Duce Staley worked under Shurmur while he was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles, and the two had a special bond in Philadelphia. And Staley fits Shurmur's criteria for his coaching search when he said not everyone he is aiming for is available at the moment.
But that doesn't mean he hasn't heard the rumors floating around Minneapolis that Shurmur might want to bring him to New York.
"You hear about rumors, you hear about this, you hear about that, during this time rumors are definitely out there, being spread around," Staley told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "He, me as an individual, of course I don't want to stay still in this business, but my focus right now is on the Philadelphia Eagles and this Super Bowl, all that will come afterwards. If I'm blessed one day to move up the ladder and become one, I'll thank God and move on, but right now It's all about the Philadelphia Eagles and this Super Bowl."
The offensive coordinator job for the Giants this season won't be as tasking with Shurmur calling the plays in his first year coaching. Craig Johnson, the Giants' running backs coach, will also be returning, which means Staley can be eased into the coordinator role without worrying about any other aspects with the team at first.
Staley has great respect for Shurmur, who he saw as both a player and fellow coach with the Eagles. He was known for his power and guts as a running back for the Eagles, and he saw Shurmur as a positions coach during his time in between the lines. And, as mentioned before, they worked together under Andy Reid.
"Great coach," Staley said. "You're getting a smart coach. One thing I saw early in his career, one thing I was able to see was how smart he was with matchups and how smart he was coaching the tight ends and I said to myself then, 'He's gonna rise up the ladder very quickly.' You're able to see what he was doing in Minnesota, you're able to see what people didn't know what he was doing behind the scenes when he was there with Chip [Kelly]. He had his thumb in on that."
This is why Staley believes in Shurmur's second stint as a head coach he is going to succeed. He did serve two seasons as the Browns' head coach, going 9-23 over that span. However, Staley thinks New York is the perfect place for him to show off what he can really do with a team under his thumb.
"It will be awesome," he said. "As a head coach, we all know you got to have a little different personality as a head coach, and Pat's gonna fit right in, especially in the New York area. Especially with those players on the team, he's very passionate and he's driven by his job and those guys will follow him and they will fight to the death for him."
If Shurmur wishes to bring Staley onto his staff, he must wait until after this Sunday when the Eagles season officially ends.