The Giants have named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning on Twitter.
"Eli (Manning) and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said in a release issued by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."
With the Giants 0-2, Shurmur explained why now was the right time for the move.
"Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time," Shurmur said. "I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli."
Shurmur said Monday that the team was ready to have a conversation when it comes to their starting quarterback situation, and would not commit to Manning for Week 3.
"We're gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that's fair at this point," Shurmur said on Monday. "To this point what we've done hasn't been good enough."
That statement was a complete 180 from Shurmur's position on the quarterback situation after their Week 2 loss, when he said "I don't think that's a conversation for right now."
After Shurmur's comments on Monday, Manning weighed in.
"I gotta get ready to play a game, nothing changes," he said. "Get ready for Tampa and figure out how to get a win."
Manning added that his conversations with Shurmur had been "business as usual" and that he was not told how long his leash might be.
"We're 0-2, you're looking for answers," Manning said when asked if he was surprised how quickly he might be removed as the starter. "I get it. When you draft a guy early and you're not winning games, these (situations) are gonna come up."
Pressed further on what his reaction would be if the Giants decided to make the change, Manning was short in his response.
"Let's stay away from the 'ifs,'" he said.
Now, that "if" has become reality.