- Sportsbooks set the odds at +200 that Pat Shurmur will return as coach of the Giants at the start of the 2020 season
- Odds of Shurmer being relieved of his duties are at -300
- Shurmur is 7-21 as Giants head coach
Is Pat Shurmur on the way out, or will the New York Giants stand pat?
The 2-10 Giants have lost eight games in a row. They’d need to finish 3-1 just to equal the 5-11 mark Shurmur posted during his first season in charge of the team.
Not surprisingly, oddsmakers are giving Shurmur a favorable betting line to be ousted before the 2020 NFL season. Historically, the evidence suggests that Shurmur’s future is in serious jeopardy.
In a prop wager on Shurmur’s future, the odds are -300 that Shurmur isn’t coaching the Giants at the start of next season. You’ll get odds of +200 in this betting market if you put money down on Shurmur being back for the 2020 campaign.
Odds Pat Shurmur Is the New York Giants’ Coach in Week 1, 2020
Odds taken on Dec. 4
The Giants are still in contention for the first-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They haven’t had the first pick since selecting Auburn running back Tucker Frederickson in 1965.
Shurmur In Double-Digit Double Trouble?
Shurmur is the fourth coach in Giants franchise history to post successive seasons with double-digit losses. Two of the three to do it previously were looking for work at season’s end.
In 2015, the Giants fired Tom Coughlin after back-to-back 6-10 campaigns, and Coughlin had guided the team to a pair of Super Bowl wins.
Dan Reeves also got his walking papers after going 5-11 in 1995 and 6-10 in 1996. He’d previously taken the team to the postseason.
"At some point, we'll be good enough to win" – Pat Shurmur pic.twitter.com/C5KmhoVPgo
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 1, 2019
Ray Perkins emulated Shurmur by suffering double-digit losses in each of his first two seasons as coach of the Giants. Also like Shurmur, things got worse in year two.
Perkins was 6-10 as a first-year Giants coach in 1979. He slumped to 4-12 in 1980. But the team maintained faith in him. In 1981, New York went 9-7, earned an Wild-Card berth, and won a postseason game.
Giants Turfed McAdoo At This Juncture
Shurmur is 7-21 as head coach of the Giants. His predecessor, Ben McAdoo, lasted just 28 games and was fired with a cumulative 13-15 record.
The Giants fired Ben McAdoo after 28 regular-season games. He was 13-15 and went to the playoffs in his first year. Pat Shurmur coached his 28th game today. He is 7-21.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 1, 2019
In McAdoo’s first season, he guided the team to an 11-5 finish and an NFC Wild-Card playoff spot.
Ray Handley, the other Giants coach to be fired after two years on the job, also posted a better record than Shurmur. He went 14-18 in 1991-92.
Tuesday, Ron Rivera was fired in his ninth season as coach of the Carolina Panthers. Even though he’s still employed by the Giants, oddsmakers gave Shurmur 18-1 odds to be the next coach of the Panthers.
But could Rivera be the next coach of the Giants?
New York general manager Dave Gettleman served as GM of the Panthers from 2013-17. He and Rivera were together in 2015 when Carolina went an NFL-best 15-1 and played in Super Bowl 50.
Could a reunion be in order in the Big Apple?
That’s Not Good
Presented with a chance to give a vote of confidence to his embattled coach, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch instead declared his frustration with the season. Tisch announced that everything to do with the team would be discussed following the season.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) December 1, 2019
Along with Rivera, there is also reported interest among the team braintrust in former Giants quarterback Jason Garrett if he’s fired as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
None of it bodes well for Shurmur’s future in New York.
Pick: No (-300)
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