Giants targeting Pat Shurmur as next head coach

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That's OK, because Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur continues an impressive season that revived his chances of becoming a head coach again.

Now the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, Shurmer is expected to be hired by the Giants at some point soon, the NFL Network reported Monday afternoon.

Like most coaches who fail in their first opportunity as a head coach, Shurmur had to bounce back before getting another chance.

Shurmur, 52, was interviewed by the Giants on January 6, one of six candidates who met with Giants brass this month, including principal owner John Mara and new general manager Dave Gettleman.

On Sunday, Shurmur exclaimed in disbelieving celebration, watching Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for a game-winning 61-yard touchdown as time expired in a Minnesota Vikings win over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional round.

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National Football League rules prohibit an official announcement of Shurmur to the head coaching vacancy until the Vikings' season ends. Per Rapsheet, Shurmur will accept the job if offered. Teddy Bridgewater wasn't available at the start of this season due to a knee injury suffered right before the 2016 season, and Sam Bradford went down with a knee injury after a fine Week 1 performance.

Last season, Shurmur coaxed a career year from Bradford, who arrived just two weeks before the season opener, after replacing Norv Turner in Week 5.

And Shurmur has a long resume of quarterback work, from Donovan McNabb to Nick Foles to this season's success with Case Keenum (though his top two quarterbacks in Cleveland were Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden).

With a new general manager in Dave Gettleman, the Giants are eager to hire their next head coach, but they will have to wait at least another week if Shurmur is indeed their man. Fritz was the defensive coordinator in Green Bay when the Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 31.

Shurmur, 52, went 9-23 from 2011-12 as head coach of the Browns, and spent three seasons as Eagles offensive coordinator (and interim coach following Chip Kelly's dismissal) prior to arriving in Minnesota.

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