EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. >> The New York Giants’ search for a new coach may be put on a hold by winter storm in the Midwest.
The National Weather Service today issued a winter storm warning for Minneapolis, saying up 13 inches of snow is expected in the area, making travel difficult. The Giants were expected to have Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur at their headquarters Tuesday for a final meeting with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and new general manager Dave Gettleman.
More than 100 flights were cancelled by noon, said Pat Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis.
The 52-year-old Shurmur is one of several candidates to replace the fired Ben McAdoo.
However, the storm may force Shurmur to wait for another day before a decisive visit to a troubled team that posted a 3-13 record a year after making the playoffs.
McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners and fans upset with his handling of benching two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo took over for the final four games and posted a 1-3 record.
The Giants interviewed five other candidates after the season ended, kicking it off with Spagnuolo three days after the season ended.
New York also spoke with New England coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and recently fired Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville, who has since been hired as a running backs coach by the Dolphins.
Shurmur, who had a two-year stint as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach, was interviewed by the Giants on Jan. 6. He has earned a reputation as a quarterback whisperer. NFC title game opponents Nick Foles of the Eagles and Case Keenum of the Vikings were tutored by him.
With the Giants, he would get to work with Manning and possibly the second pick in the NFL draft, if New York uses the pick to pick an heir apparent. But the Giants also had problems in the locker room. Three defensive backs — Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple were suspended for a game for conduct detrimental to the team.
Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs nine times and won seven division titles. He was Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach when the Eagles played in the Super Bowl against New England in the 2004 season.
Shurmur is finishing his second year with the Vikings. He began last season as the tight ends coach and for the final nine games was also the offensive coordinator, the title he retained this season.
The Vikings finished 10th in the NFL in scoring (23.9 points), 11th in total yardage (356.9), and seventh in rushing yardage (122.3) this season. He also helped quarterback Case Keenum have a career year.
Shurmur posted a 9-23 record in his two seasons (2011-12) with the Browns, going there after a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator with the Rams. He spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator after being fired.
Shurmur’s NFL coaching career began with a 10-year run (1999-2008) in Philadelphia. He coached in college at Stanford and Michigan State.