Pat Shurmur was named the 18th head coach in Giants history on Jan. 22, 2018.
A 20-year NFL coaching veteran, Shurmur joined the Giants after a two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings, including the last 27 games as offensive coordinator. In 2017, he was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association.
This is the second head coaching assignment for Shurmur, who led the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12. Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for nine postseason berths, won seven division titles, and advanced to one Super Bowl (he was on the Eagles’ staff when they played in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England to cap the 2004 season).
Mike Shula is in his first season as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. Shula is a 31-year coaching veteran. This is his 27th season as an NFL assistant, and he also served four years as the head coach at the University of Alabama. Shula spent the previous seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers, including the last five as offensive coordinator.
James Bettcher is in his first season as the Giants’ defensive coordinator.
Bettcher comes to the Giants after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, the last three as defensive coordinator. In those three years, the Cards’ defense was consistently among the NFL’s best in yardage allowed, ranking fifth in 2015 (321.7), second in 2016 (305.2) and sixth in 2017 (310.9). Arizona was also one of the league’s most effective run-stopping units each season, finishing, respectively, sixth (91.3), ninth (94.9), and sixth again (89.6).
Special Teams Coordinator
This season, Thomas McGaughey begins his second stint with the Giants and his first as the team’s special teams coordinator. He has previously been a coordinator for three other NFL teams.
McGaughey was the Giants’ assistant special teams coach from 2007-10. Before rejoining the Giants, he was most recently the Carolina Panthers’ special teams coordinator for two seasons. Initially hired as Carolina’s assistant special teams coach in February of 2016, McGaughey was named special teams coordinator six months later when the late Bruce DeHaven transitioned to the role of senior advisor to special teams.
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