Pat Shurmur was named the 18th head coach in Giants history on Jan. 22, 2018. The Giants finished their first season under Shurmur with a 5-11 record, a two-game improvement over their 2017 record. Twelve of the Giants’ 16 games were decided by seven or fewer points, tying them with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for the most in the NFL. The Giants were 4-8 in games decided by seven or fewer points. The eight losses in such games were an NFL high. The Giants held a fourth-quarter lead in four of those games. Shurmur brought a new offensive system to the Giants and called the plays, and the team scored 369 points in 2018 after scoring 246 the previous season. The 123-point increase was the Giants’ largest from one season to the next in 85 years, and their largest ever when the seasons had the same number of games. In 1933, the Giants scored 244 points in a 14-game regular season, one year after scoring 93 points in 12 games, an increase of 151 points.
Mike Shula is in his second season as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. A 31-year coaching veteran, Shula is in his 28th season as an NFL assistant. He also served four years as the head coach at the University of Alabama, his alma mater.
James Bettcher is in his second season as the Giants’ defensive coordinator. In Bettcher’s first year with the team in 2018, the defense improved across the board in the NFL rankings in yardage allowed, including total yards (31st to 24th), rushing yards (27th to 20th), and passing yards (31st to 23rd), The unit also registered 30.0 sacks, three more than the previous season, and the Giants’ 21 takeaways and 16 interceptions were also higher than the team’s 2018 totals.
Special Teams Coordinator
Thomas McGaughey is in his second season of his second stint with the Giants and his second as their special teams coordinator. He was previously a coordinator for three other NFL teams.