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Unaccountable Pat Shurmur tosses Giants players…

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Unaccountable Pat Shurmur tosses Giants players...


“Everyone has to be better.”

That was the postgame comment from New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur for the third consecutive week following an ugly loss by his team.

Among those who have to be better is Shurmur himself, who not only whiffed on yet another pass interference challenge but threw his players under the bus without hesitation as the result of his own mind-numbing decision-making.

Trailing 24-21 with just 3:10 left in the game, the Giants were faced with a 3rd-and-18 from their own 30-yard line, and Shurmur called in the play. What that play was is anyone’s guess, but he claims Daniel Jones then audibled out of it and into a delayed draw to Saquon Barkley.

As if that play weren’t misguided enough, Shurmur then went for it on 4th-and-15 from the 35-yard line, which ended with a strip-sack of Jones that was recovered by Arizona, setting them up for a chip-shot field goal to make the game 27-21 with just over two minutes remaining.

In Shurmur’s mind, it wasn’t the play-calling that was flawed, but the execution.

“I had planned to go for it (on fourth down),” Shurmur told reporters. “If it was going to be soft (defense) — you see typically against two-deep (safeties) — and that’s why we did it. They actually ran the same type of run against and got us. We just didn’t execute the play as well as we liked.

As you attempt to wrap your mind around that, also consider that Shurmur’s excuse-making was compounded by his decision to challenge the aforementioned pass interference knowing full well he’s gone 0-for-the season.

As a result of his failed challenge, Shurmur, who also admitted he didn’t know Barkley left the field after tweaking his ankle, lost what could have been an important timeout. And while the penalty itself was highly questionable, eventually you have to adapt to what the officials are doing and move on.

What’s the definition of insanity again?

The frustration with Shurmur is growing and understandably so, and he’s doing very little to help himself at this point. And blaming the miscues on his own players? That’s just an ugly look that can’t make co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch very happy.


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