With Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur expected to become the next head coach of the New York Giants after the Vikings' season concludes, Minnesota will be seeking a replacement this offseason. In fact, the Giants play the Eagles twice a year and they need Shurmur to throw out Sunday's Vikings game plan before he signs to coach them.
His priority Sunday: beat the Eagles and get the Vikings home - to the Super Bowl.
"There's a time and a place for that", Shurmur said.
He flew back to Minnesota with the team on Sunday night.
Shurmur added: "We just move from one thing to another".
The Giants can not officially hire Shurmur until after the Vikings' season has concluded. Shurmur reportedly has targeted Jack Del Rio, the former Raiders and Jaguars head coach, as his defensive coordinator. Quarterback Case Keenum didn't lead the offense into Eagles territory again until late in the first half, when a protection scheme put tight end David Morgan in a tough spot and led to a sack and lost fumble. His stay with the Vikings ended on a downer, as Shurmur, the offensive coordinator, had no success calling plays to get his quarterback, Case Keenum, on track against the Eagles defense.
Keenum threw 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season working with Shurmur.
After the Ben McAdoo era crashed in its second season, the Giants are looking for a coach who has either been a head coach or had significant experience as a coordinator.
Mike Zimmer, with his defensive acumen in mind, has favored former head coaches as his offensive coordinator.
"He did a great job today", Shurmur said of Foles.
Teams are permitted to have second interviews with candidates who are coaching teams in the Super Bowl beginning next Monday. The Giants met with Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia in Foxborough, Mass., on January 5, and a day later, co-owner John Mara, Gettleman and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams met with Shurmur in Bloomington, Minn. Soon enough, though, Shurmur will turn his attention to Eli Manning and the Giants.