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Report: Giants are in ‘damage control’ mode after firing Pat Shurmur

The New York Giants fired Pat Shurmur from his post as head coach on Monday morning, and Jay Glazer of The Athletic says that the franchise is in damage control mode.

How? Well, Glazer notes that the Giants are spreading the word that Shurmur had just as much say in personnel decisions as general manager Dave Gettleman, which Glazer says is “absolutely not the case.”

Of course, New York decided to retain Gettleman.

Shurmur spent two seasons at the helm for Big Blue, going 9-23. The Giants went just 4-12 this year and have not made the playoffs since the 2016-17 campaign.

Going back even further, New York has made just one postseason appearance since last winning the Super Bowl during the 2011-12 campaign and have gone through three coaches over that span.

Momentum began to build toward people thinking Gettleman should lose his job last offseason after he decided against re-signing safety Landon Collins and then traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Gettleman then made what was, at the time, viewed as a head-scratching decision to draft Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins on the board.

The Giants also had the 17th overall selection, and many surmised that Jones would have still been available at that spot.

That being said, drafting Jones was one move that seems to have paid dividends for Gettleman, as Jones just completed a spectacular rookie campaign in which he threw 24 touchdown passes in 12 starts.

On the bright side, New York has plenty of young talent on its roster, but patience is running thin in the Big Apple.