Pat Shurmur new favorite to become Giants' head coach

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will reportedly be the Giants' next head coach

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, interim Giants coach and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and former Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville were also interviewed.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has emerged as the Giants' "top choice" to replace Ben McAdoo. The Giants can't have further contact with Shurmur until next week, when the Vikings' season would either be over or they would be on their bye week before the Super Bowl. Minnesota plays the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Shurmur was not the Giants' first option for the head coaching position.

But once the Vikings' playoff push is over, Shurmur is a virtual lock to take the reins of the Giants under new GM Dave Gettleman.

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Shurmur was the Cleveland Browns' head coach from 2011-12, going 9-23 in his two years with the team. He was named interim offensive coordinator at the end of the 2016 season and officially took over the role in 2017. He can get some revenge on the organization this Sunday.

With the Vikings still alive in the postseason, nothing can happen right now. Shurmur is also a candidate for the Arizona Cardinals job. This season, Shurmur dealt with early adversity in the form of quarterback injuries, as incumbent starter Sam Bradford was injured following the Week 1 win over New Orleans, while prospective franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continued to rehab an injury suffered the year prior. He later returned to Philadelphia as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator before landing with the Vikings. When the Eagles chose to let go of Kelly, Shurmur ended up filling in for the final game of the 2015 season.

The improvement of Vikings quarterback Case Keenum helped make Shurmur a sought after candidate. Even though Manning is on the decline, he completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 3,468 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season despite a porous offensive line and a cast of no-name receivers. "You go from last to first or first to last, teams do that every year".

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