New York Giants Rumors: Pat Shurmur now 'the top choice'

CLEVELAND OH – SEPTEMBER 9 Head coach Pat Shurmur with Quarterback Brandon Weeden

If the Vikings advance to the Super Bowl, Shurmur would not be available to officially take the Giants job until February 5. Shurmur has head coaching experience with the Cleveland Browns (2011-12) and as an interim with the Philadelphia Eagles (2015). Rapaport also reports that Patriots offensive coordinator and Northeast Ohio native Josh McDaniels will be the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

So that leads us back to New England linebackers coach Brian Flores, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, and Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher as the remaining candidates on the Cardinals short list.

A report earlier this month suggested Keenum and Shurmur could be a "package deal" this offseason, with the free-agent-to-be Keenum signing with whichever team hires Shurmur as its head coach.

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If Shurmur, who has earned a reputation as a quarterback guru, wants to build around a young signal-caller, he'll have the opportunity to get a top prospect in the draft.

The Giants are planning to schedule a second interview next week with Shurmur, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano and Chris Mortensen. The Vikings are playing on the road Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

The rules say coaches still in the postseason can only interview again next week if they had been interviewed once already, but Ian Rapoport tweeted that meant any coach who had been interviewed period, not just by the Titans. The aging Eli Manning's status is in question as the Giants are expected to draft a quarterback with their second-overall selection in the 2018 National Football League draft. The Lions have reportedly told all other candidates their job is no longer open. Minnesota finished 11th in passing yards per game with 234.6. Shurmur was at one time considered the front runner for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job and with Carson Palmer retiring from the NFL, Keenum landing there would be ideal. In his first four seasons, Keenum played for three teams, had a career passer rating of 78.4 and a touchdown-interception ratio of 24-20.

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