Dave Gettleman: Giants picked Pat Shurmur because he’s an “adult”

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General Manager Dave Gettleman said the Giants hired Pat Shurmur because he’s an “adult.” He used the word more than once, as a matter of fact.

It appeared to be a subtle shot at former coach Ben McAdoo.

“I really believe the head coach job for the New York Football Giants is a job for an adult, and Pat is every bit of that,” Gettleman said, via Calvin Watkins of Newsday. “I’m just real excited. We’ve had some great conversations, and he’s got a great sense of humor and I’m just excited about where we’re going.”

Shurmur has plenty of experience as an assistant coach and spent two seasons as head coach in Cleveland, where his 9-23 record doesn’t seem so bad anymore. Gettleman said he nearly hired Shurmur for the Panthers’ offensive coordinator in 2013 before Carolina went with Mike Shula.

After interviewing six candidates this time, Gettleman put Shurmur at the top of the list.

At 52 and with previous head coaching experience, Shurmur isn’t the up-and-coming, young coach some teams were seeking. That’s exactly what appealed to Gettleman.

“He’s an adult,” Gettleman said. “He’s mature. He’s got wisdom. He’s very even-keeled and his demeanor really pays off. I’ve watched him on the sidelines. He doesn’t get shook. He doesn’t get rattled. This is a job for a grownup. We’re halfway through the interview, and I wrote down in my notes, ‘This is an adult.’ Everybody wants the next wiz-bang kid. Let me tell you something: You look at history and see how that’s worked out. This is a veteran, seasoned professional football coach.”

27 responses to “Dave Gettleman: Giants picked Pat Shurmur because he’s an “adult”

  1. Could this not have been a reference to Matt Patricia, who has been criticized for wearing the Goodell clown shirt, the backwards hard and bushy beard, etc? Especially with the “wiz kid” comment, that is what I took from it.

  2. Listening to Gettleman talk the talk, I’m not thinking Odell Beckham is going to be around too long. We’ll see if Gettleman is going to walk the walk. It sounds to me like he’s firing a warning shot, and I doubt that he’s going to be spending a lot of energy discussing former Giants coaches. Gettleman doesn’t seem like the kind of man that’s going to rip former employees through the media. I’m thinking I’d like to give him more credit than that. I’m thinking he’s also an adult.

  3. I don’t think it is a shot at former coach necessarily but probably at Josh and Pat of the Patriots. Josh reputation as a head coach was not good due to lack of maturity and other issues. Pat’s wearing of the clown shirt may also have soured people who are close to Goodell like the Maras. Gettleman is old school and will probably frown on barstool culture which Pat is well embedded in.

  4. I think “the adult” reference is a shot at the Patriot assistant coaches that took other jobs.
    Patricia with the clown shirt and McDaniels with his none poor behavior in Denver.

  5. “Everybody wants the next wiz-bang kid. Let me tell you something: You look at history and see how that’s worked out…”

    ———-

    Sean McVay (30) is off to an excellent start. Perhaps soeday he’ll rival the success of some other “whiz-bang kids” like Al Davis (33), John Madden (32), Jon Gruden (34), Tom Landry (36), Don Shula (33), Chuck Knoll (36), Bill Cowher (34), Mike Tomlin (34), Dick Nolan (35)…

    Shall I go on? Or is 36 too old to be a “whiz-bang kid”?

  6. He’s very even-keeled and his demeanor really pays off. I’ve watched him on the sidelines. He doesn’t get shook. He doesn’t get rattled. This is a job for a grownup. We’re halfway through the interview, and I wrote down in my notes, ‘This is an adult.’

    He just described Jim Caldwell.

  7. “You look at history and see how that’s worked out.”

    Gettleman must not have looked at history too closely. Mike Tomlin, Super Bowl winner, age 36. John Gruden, Super Bowl winner, age 39. John Madden, Super Bowl winner, age 40. Sean McVay, Division Winner in his first season, age 31. The list goes on…

  8. Pat should do a nice, competent job…I don’t know if it will provide the success NY wants quickly. I mean, they had an “adult “ named Coughlin that somehow wasn’t right for them. So what do they really want? Instant success.

  9. Just like Dorsey with his Rosen comments, when Gettleman speaks you realize why he got fired. Hello, people skills?

    Bottom line is that you hired a 9-23 coach, and unless I can’t add, as bad as he was, McAdoo won more than that his first year in that job. Yikes. Might want to stop trying to get subtle digs in on other people and just concentrate on fixing your team.

  10. Sounds like Gettelman is a little upset he didn’t get his man sooner, waiting around for a Playoff Team HC really didn’t work out as well as he’d hoped, so now he’s already making excuses for his selection … the NYG aren’t quite the Franchise they make themselves out to be.

  11. It’s amazing how the cream rises to the top for Gettleman in Schurmr once his top two candidates (Patricia & McDaniel’s) decided they had better options with more talent elsewhere? So exactly how is Schurmur the cream when he was below the two others, does that not make him closer to the last sip & not the cream?

  12. So who runs the show in Carolina? I would have thought Rivera would have been the one that would have almost hired Shurmer. So do all of Rivera’s assistants get forced on him?

  13. Shurmur was a great coordinator in MN and a person the players and coaches all liked and respected. I wish him and the Giants all the success in the world — until they play the Vikes.

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