Pat Shurmur: Giants’ breaking point is great, I actually love it

Giants coach Pat Shurmur invoked the infamous last words of his ousted predecessor Thursday when asked if he’s concerned about his job security entering Sunday’s sad local clash against the Jets.

“I’m built for this,” Shurmur said before practice, echoing the identical quote issued by Ben McAdoo three weeks before he was fired in December 2017.

The Giants have dropped five consecutive games to fall to 2-7, one win better than the 1-7 Jets are under first-year coach Adam Gase.

According to, anonymous players said Shurmur told the Giants in a closed-door meeting earlier this week that jobs could be on the line if they don’t win Sunday ahead of a Week 11 bye.

“I think we all coach and play with an urgency to win games and play well. We’re always urgent,” Shurmur said Thursday when asked about the report. “Just like you coach and play every game like it’s a playoff game. And you’re trying to do everything you can to win. So, in answer to your question, there’s always urgency to perform well and win.

“I feel the urgency to win a football game, period. That’s it.”

Asked how the losses have been wearing on him in recent weeks, Shurmur added, “For me, it’s an urgency to win games, that’s what it’s about. How does it wear on me? I’m built for this. Because I know we’re on the right path, and I know we’re just a few plays from getting over the top. When the players see that, then we can build on that.”

In mid-November 2017, McAdoo said something similar with the Giants in the throes of a hideous 3-13 season. He and general manager Jerry Reese were fired on Dec. 4.

“Listen, I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m built for this,” McAdoo said on Nov. 15, 2017. “A calm doesn’t suit me, a storm does.”

The storm surrounding Shurmur only will intensify should the Giants lose to their flailing MetLife Stadium co-tenants Sunday. He at least refused to use various injuries or the inexperience of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones as an alibi for the team’s substandard record.

“That’s a question for somebody else, regardless of who we have playing, they need to go on the field and perform,” said Shurmur, who is 7-18 in two seasons with the Giants. “We need to coach well, and we’ve got to win the game. So when you talk about youth, when you talk about injuries, even if you want to talk about officiating, those are all excuses that in my mind you just don’t go there.

“I think there’s (positive) elements in all the games. I see the way they work behind the scenes. We created a fumble and got ahead, in this past game (against Dallas), we were ahead through most of the first half. We battled back, we kept it within one score. So we’re right there. But then we fell victim to some damaging plays, then create the situation where you lose the game. So you change those isolated situations, things can be different. That’s what I see.”

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