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What makes Giants coaching candidate Pat Shurmur an attractive option?

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Posted January 12, 2018 at 08:49 AM | Updated January 12, 2018 at 08:56 AM

By Dan Duggan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Of the three finalists for the Giants’ head coaching job, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has generated considerably less buzz than Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. Shurmur, 52, is a decade older than the Patriots assistants, who have a fistful of Super Bowl rings from their time under Bill Belichick in New England.

But Shurmur shouldn’t be dismissed as a candidate. He has the most experience of the finalists, which has been an emphasis of co-owner John Mara during the search. And Shurmur’s track record of grooming quarterbacks could set him apart as the Giants prepare to potentially draft Eli Manning’s successor with the second pick in the draft.

A true QB guru

Pat Shurmur

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Unlike former Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who built his reputation as a quarterback guru working with future Hall of Famers Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning, or McDaniels, who has spent the majority of his career with the incomparable Tom Brady, Shurmur has a more impressive and extensive history of getting the best out of marginal quarterbacks. That’s an important quality with the Giants in position to build around a young quarterback.

Here’s a look at Shurmur’s track record with quarterbacks:

Donovan McNabb

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McNabb was entering his fourth season with the Eagles in 2002 when Shurmur transitioned from tight ends/offensive line coach to quarterbacks coach. McNabb already was on his way to stardom, earning Pro Bowl selections in the two seasons prior to Shurmur becoming his QB coach. But Shurmur helped McNabb reach new heights.

McNabb had a career-best season in 2004, completing 64 percent of his passes for 3,875 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions to lead the Eagles to an NFC championship. He became the first quarterback to throw for more than 30 touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions.

McNabb earned three Pro Bowl selections in his seven seasons working with Shurmur. McNabb set a career-high with 3,916 yards passing in his final season with Shurmur in 2008.

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