If you're a Giants fan, you should ask yourself if Pat Shurmur is the right coach to lead you out of this desert of despair.
Shurmur is not sitting in the hot seat yet, but on his The mandate is now threefold: Win a couple of damned games, keep the locker room closed and especially develop Daniel Jones. For if Jones should step down rather than move forward, Shurmur's seat will only be warmer and warmer.
The growing pain is predictable, but Shurmur should now better start convincing the jury.
No one in the right mind had fixed the 2019 Giants as a playoff team. The move from Eli Manning to Jones after two games was clear proof that this season was always about the next season ̵
It pained John Mara to fire Ben McAdoo after only two squadrons, because that's not the Giants Way. And Mara and Dave Gettleman, who did not oblige Odell Beckham Jr. to act on him, did not order Shurmur to release him after two seasons.
Of course, the balance won in the end is always important, even if this is the case, Shurmur's 7-16 record has to be a bit curvy since it's in the midst of a major rebuild, with no less a seasoned quarterback.
But the defeat on Sunday against the Cardinals on 27/21 flags over Shurmur's motivational skills – the giants were just not ready yet – and the game management – that the third and the 18-year-old's at their own 33-yard Line the punt on the Fourth and the 15-year-old pulled and shunned.
"We need to train better, we have to play better," Shurmur said.
Better training meant that Shurmur was flexible enough to change his attempt with the fourth and fifteenth pass.
"The flip side is that if you knock the ball away, you may never see it again," S "Saquon took the same game and went 68 yards against Dallas last year," Shurmur said. "It jumped through the first level. We probably did not block it as well as we needed on the second level. "
Anyone can have a bad day, but that was an alarmingly bad day, and this is another bad season because if you can Can you beat the Kyler Murray-cliff Kingsbury Cardinals at home? Who can beat Giants fans except the Dolphins and Redskins? Asked if he would do the same again, Shurmur said, "Right now, that's the decision I made, and if you sit back and look at it later, you always rate it, which is hypothetical right now."
Gettleman and Shurmur have extolled the virtues of culture, meaning that Shurmur is expected to not break the locker room as much as McAdoo did.
A former Hall of Fame Giants coach once told us that you're exactly what you're after a record, and another five to eleven years – or worse – does not go well with hierarchies or fans.
So these next nine games will be a referendum on his leadership – and especially on whether Shurmur can be the quarterback whisperer he was hired to feed Jones and steer the arrow up.
For the moment he is not pointing up.  Jones' predictable growing pains have worsened since he came to Tampa for the thrilling comeback and was celebrated as Danny Dimes.
"I think I just have to make sure I have two hands on the ball in my pocket," Jones said.
Giant fans who began crowing immediately, that Jones is better than Darnold, were silenced. Jones still learns when to be aggressive and control the ball, and when to trust his internal clock to tell him when predators lurk.
The Cardinals contained Barkley and Evan Engram, forcing Jones to hold the ball long enough – or too long – to fire him eight times, and no one can accuse Ereck Flowers of doing so. Jones could have helped by targeting Barkley more than five times outside the backfield.
"I will not lose confidence," Jones said.
The development of Manning's successor is far from the organization's top mission, and it is up to Shurmur, with the help of offensive coordinator Mike Shula and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder, to carry it out.
"He's tough, he's resilient and I think he has a bright future," said Shurmur.
For Shurmur, the future is now. And his future depends on Jones, because Shurmur will not turn back to Manning.
"You have to learn and you have to win games, and I know that," Shurmur said.
Tom Coughlin was 0-7 after replacing Kurt Warner with Manning and finishing 5-11. But 2004 was his first season as Giants head coach, and Wellington Mara loved him. Everyone could see unmistakable signs of Manning's growth. So Coughlin had no worries … until after the 2006 season, when Coughlin (25-23 as Giants HC at the time) had to calm down the forces before giving him a one-year extension so he got problems with Manning to the next level.
"Something that worries me is his game in the second half of the season," said John Mara at the time. "There is nobody in this building who questions his abilities and feels he is not the one who leads us to where we want to go. But he has to play more consistently.
For Pat Shurmur it is a message that is better not to fall on deaf ears.
To learn more about the defeat of the 6th Week of the Giants against the Cardinals, listen to this episode of the Giants podcast "Blue Rush":