Pat Shurmur “absolutely” supports Giants’ decision to trade Odell Beckham Jr.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding the Giants’ reasoning behind the deal. According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Shurmur feels it was beneficial for both sides:
“Everything we do behind the scenes, coaching and roster building, is collaborative,” Shurmur said. “My reaction is always the case with trades, it’s good for both parties.
“We feel good about what we got. We got a starting safety, we got a first-round pick and we got our third-round pick. We felt it was good for us and, because we were able to come to an agreement, Cleveland thought it was good for them.’’
Shurmur’s comments should hardly come as any surprise. He is not about to start questioning the front office in his second year as head coach of the Giants. He has made it clear that he is on board with the decision as New York tries to fill a number of voids on the roster.
Although Shurmur does not want to admit it, the Giants are in the early stages of a rebuild. It is hardly unusual for teams to trade some of their star players in order to kick-start the rebuilding process. The Oakland Raiders made several similar deals last year in order to stock up on assets for free agency and the draft.
Regardless, the onus will still be on the Giants’ front office to follow through on its quality draft picks. Only time will tell whether the Giants are up to the task.
Pat Shurmur will have to exercise patience.