Pat Shurmur's first season as Giants head coach was a mixed bag and tale of two halves -- starting out 1-7 before finishing 4-4 and with a 5-11 overall record.
Coaches are judged by their records and Shurmur's was not good, but GM Dave Gettleman continues to feel positive about the man he hired a year ago is the right guy moving forward.
"If anything, [this season] reinforced my feeling about him a year ago," Gettleman said. "It was the steadiness, it was the message."
The Giants started last season 1-7, too, and things went off the rails from there that led to the firing of then-head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese.
Shurmur, however, kept the Giants competitive and Gettleman recalled two practices following the Giants bye week, when they were 1-7, that stood out to him the way Shurmur commanded the attention of his players despite a season that was, at the moment, hopeless.
"That just was kind of amazing," Gettleman said. "You guys may gloss it over [practice], so I don't know if you could really appreciate it. ... to stand there for the next hour and 40 minutes I wish you could've seen it. Just the way Pat and the coaches kept everyone on task, going in the right direction, understanding -- to a certain degree maybe we were the Little Engine that Could. Pushing that thing up the hill. There's no doubt in my mind he's the right guy."