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Giants’ Pat Shurmur apparently has even more beef…

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Giants’ Pat Shurmur apparently has even more beef...


Leading up to the Week 9 game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, head coach Pat Shurmur made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t a fan of being mic’d up for the “Monday Night Football” broadcast.

In fact, Shurmur not only pre-emptively denied ESPN’s request to wear a mic, he expressed a desire that none of his players wear one after New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was humiliated earlier in the year for saying he was “seeing ghosts” out on the field against the New England Patriots.

“In the past my answer has been they will have mic’d certain players,” Shurmur said via the New York Post. “But in this case I’m going to say no. … I think [the Darnold situation] brought light to a problem that could occur.”

Shurmur wasn’t mic’d up during the Monday night contest — a 37-18 loss — but that didn’t stop him from finding something else to gripe about.

Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones took a beating against the Cowboys, getting sacked five times and hit 12 times, and taking additional damage as a blocker and along the sideline.

Not only did Shurmur say he’d like to see Jones nix the downfield blocking, but he railed against ESPN’s camera crew and a boom mic operator for not getting out of the way quickly enough, leading to more unnecessary contact with Jones.

“There was one he went out of bounds and he got waylaid by some guy with a boom mic,” Shurmur told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t know what you do about that. Those guys have to be a little fitter and get the heck out of the way.”

Some chuckled at Shurmur’s comment before realizing that he wasn’t joking.

It seems curious that Shurmur would not only take aim at the boom mic operator, but also question his level of fitness. But losing does strange things, so perhaps this is just a symptom of being 2-7 on the season.


Giants' Pat Shurmur shames ESPN boom mic operator: Needs to be fitter, faster

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