The Giants officially named former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as head coach on Monday.
"I am looking forward to getting to work with [Giants GM] Dave Gettleman and [Giants assistant GM] Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team," Shurmur said in a press release. "I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support."
Shurmur, who according to ESPN's Adam Schefter agreed to a five-year deal, had spent the past two seasons as Minnesota's offensive coordinator. After the Vikings' season ended with a 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship game, Shyrmur spent Monday participating in exit meetings with Vikings players.
"We are pleased to welcome Pat to our organization and look forward to the leadership he will provide for our team," Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a press release. "He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction. 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 Giants will introduce Shurmur at a press conference on Friday. His plan, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano, is to travel to Mobile, Alabama, for Senior Bowl practices.
It came out last week that he was "likely" to be named the 18th head coach of the organization following a three-week interview process. It was reported Shurmur would take the job if he was offered it, and being that the Vikings just lost in the NFC Championship Game, the Giants were allowed to officially make their offer.
The 52-year-old has head coaching experience, having served as the Browns head coach for two seasons (2011-12), where he posted a 9-23 record. After his stint in Cleveland, he returned to Philadelphia to serve as the Eagles offensive coordinator, which lasted from 2013 to 2015. He began his career with the Eagles in 1998 as the tight ends coach before becoming the quarterbacks coach in 2002, a post he held until 2008.
Shurmur has been known to work exceptionally well with quarterbacks given his track record with players like Donovan McNabbb and Nick Foles with the Eagles as well as Case Keenum this season with the Vikings. This season, he was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with Keenum, and the rest of the Vikings offense.
"I know he will provide the type of leadership we need to take our team back to where it belongs," Gettleman said in a press release. I have followed Pat's career for many years, and he has had great success wherever he has been. What struck me during our conversation is that being the head coach of the New York Giants is not too big for him. He is made for this moment and this opportunity."
Other than Shurmur, the Giants sat through interivew with Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, Panthers DC Steve Wilks (who is set to become the Cardinals new head coach), interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, and former Broncos assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville.