“Pat is an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said. “Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding. Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents. We’re excited to add someone of his caliber to our coaching staff.”
Shurmur brings more than two decades of NFL coaching experience to the Mile High City.
Although Shurmur’s record was 9-23 in two seasons as Giants head coach, that doesn’t mean there weren’t any positives during his tenure. Shurmur helped running back Saquon Barkley to the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2018. In 2019, rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns in 13 games.
Before joining the Giants, he spent two seasons as Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator. In 2017, he guided an offense that helped the team advance to the NFC Championship Game. He was named Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year. He also served as an assistant under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, Steve Spagnuolo with the St. Louis Rams, and was Cleveland Browns head coach for two seasons (2011-12).
The man Shurmur replaced, Ben McAdoo, is also back in the NFL after a two-year hiatus.
McAdoo, 42, will join the Jacksonville Jaguars as a quarterbacks coach. He will report to the recently hired Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Gruden and McAdoo are familiar with each other from Gruden’s tenure as Washington Redskins head coach. McAdoo also interviewed for the Jaguars offensive coordinator position.
McAdoo was named Giants head coach after the “resignation” of Tom Coughlin at the end of the 2015 season. Things began well enough in ’16. The Giants went 11-5, finished second in the NFC East, and earned the franchise’s only postseason berth since winning Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants lost in the Wild Card round to the Green Bay Packers.
In 2017, the wheels came off in the worst way possible. McAdoo, along with general manager Jerry Reese, were fired after the team started 2-10. McAdoo benched quarterback Eli Manning—ending the second-longest consecutive start streak by a quarterback in NFL history at 210—in a transparent attempt to save his job. McAdoo’s firing was just the second time in four decades the Giants fired a coach in the middle of a season.
McAdoo was the Giants’ offensive coordinator for two seasons (2014-15) before succeeding Coughlin as head coach. He was also Packers quarterbacks coach for two seasons (2012-13).