Pat Shurmur Clashes With Mike Francesa, Insists Giants Moving In 'Right Direction'

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Pat Shurmur has spent most of Monday reckoning with his team’s loss to the Bills.

The Giants fell 28-14 at home in a game where they struggled tremendously on both sides of the ball. They were so bad, that the fans at MetLife Stadium booed them off the field both at halftime and at the final whistle.

Shurmur answered to the press earlier on Monday and appeared to be frustrated. His mood hadn’t really improved when he joined Mike Francesa on WFAN in the afternoon.

Francesa and Shurmur clashed over just how bad of a loss Sunday’s game was. Shurmur didn’t think it was as bad as it seemed.

“In terms of the game yesterday, 28-14, at one point it was a one-score game,” said Shurmur. “Really, before halftime we had two opportunities to score where we got nothing. So, it’s a little bit closer than what you’re saying it was … there were areas where it was much closer than what the latter part of your narrative was speaking to.”

It’s true that the Giants had opportunities. They started with a lead, and they could have gotten back in the game if they had made better use of some trips onto Buffalo’s side of the field. But it’s also true that the team had issues for much of the middle of the game, especially on defense. Josh Allen could do whatever he wanted on the Bills scoring drives.

Shurmur’s second season as Giants head coach has started just as his first one did: with an 0-2 record. Last year’s team ended up winning in Week 3 before reeling off five straight losses to start 1-7.

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Pressure has only increased on Shurmur since the loss. The poor record is one thing, but he has also irked some fans by continuing to go with Eli Manning at quarterback over Daniel Jones.

Francesa asked the 54-year-old to explain why he thinks he is still the right guy to coach the Giants. Shurmur responded by saying that he honestly believes the Giants are going in the right direction.

“I think we have the right direction here. I really do … we’ve made some improvements in the offensive line … but it’s been two games. We took over a team that was 3-13. We fought our way through a tough season last year. We all knew that were changes that had to be made, even this season moving forward. We’ve probably got one of the youngest teams of the league, just facts.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa’s full interview with Pat Shurmur.