The Giants introduced Pat Shurmur as their new head coach on Friday morning, with co-owner John Mara saying they "believe he is the right coach at the right time for this franchise."
"It did not matter to any of us whether it was an offensive or defensive coach," Mara said. "It struck me that the name that just constantly came up with just about everybody we talked to was Pat Shurmur."
Mara added that Shurmur is "very well-respected by the players that he's coached in the past" and that he "checked all of the boxes for us."
Calling it "an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the New York Giants," Shurmur said he isn't intimidated by New York, confirmed that he plans to call the offensive plays, and said he learned from his experience as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
"You have hired a career coach," Shurmur said. "You have hired a guy who doesn't know what he would do if he wasn't doing this. ... Some would say I'm a little serious. I get that. But I do think this is a serious business. It's played and coached by adults."
"I have zero tolerance for people that don't compete," Shurmur added. "I have zero tolerance for people that don't give effort. And I have zero tolerance for people who show a lack of respect."
Other topics Shurmur weighed in on included...
The future of Eli Manning
Shurmur got to spend some time with Manning this summer, and has spoken to him on the phone. He prasied Manning, but dodged a question about how enthusiastic he was about having the 37-year-old Manning as the Giants' quarterback.
"I sort of like the calm approach to the position," Shurmur said of Manning's demeanor. "I think he's got years left. How many, I don't know."
Odell Beckham, Jr.
Shurmur called Beckham a "tremendous player" who was high on the Eagles' Draft board when Shurmur worked there.
"I think what needs to happen is I need to get to know in, need to get to know what makes him tick. I need to talk to him about what it is we're looking for from a guy who plays for the New York Giants. ... With all things Odell, we just need to start talking and find out why things happen."
What went wrong with the Giants last season and how to fix it
"There's reasons why the Giants slipped to 3-13. We're going to find out what some of those reasons are behind the scenes."
"We need to find guys that love to play the game. And then we'll decide whether they're good enough."
New DC James Bettcher
"I think he's a rising star in the profession. ...Everybody I've talked to, he inspires the player. He's got a great presence."
Why did he want to coach the Giants?
"As soon as he (GM Dave Gettleman) said 'everything starts with the offensive line,'" Shurmur was on board.