The New York Giants are 0-2 and, other than maybe Saquon Barkley and the potential of Daniel Jones, there isn’t much hope for Big Blue this season. The critics are out and about, for good reason, and that might mean fewer media appearances from those on the team.
According to Newsday’s Neil Best, head coach Pat Shurmur is no longer going to appear on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN. Shurmur talked with Francesa weekly on the Giants’ flagship radio station but that seems to be no more.
Shurmur confirmed the news, and also noted that there was no contractual obligation for him to do the spots.
“I think that was an organizational decision not to do that,” Shurmur said. “Most people aren’t aware of this, but I wasn’t contractually obligated to do that spot.
“We did it as a courtesy and out of respect for our relationship with the radio station. We just felt like for a while here, we’ll put that to bed for a while, and just not do it and move forward.”
Best also reports that Shurmur wasn’t paid for his appearances while Eli Manning, who also decided not to do his weekly appearances before the season, was compensated.
Francesa has been hard on the Giants this year, which isn’t a surprise or unjustified. But Francesa’s interviews with Shurmur over the first two weeks of the season have become increasing uncomfortably, including this rather terse exchange between the two where Francesa simply vented about the Giants being bad without asking a question.
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If you watch the complete interview, it’s as awkward as you would expect. Neither person seems to want to be talking to the other, creating a weird dynamic between the two of them.
It’s refreshing to see a media member from the local flagship station hold an organization’s feet to the fire every week when the level of play is inadequate. However, Francesa’s disdain of the 2019 Giants seems like less of the start of a productive conversation and more like the rantings of an entitled radio host. It makes sense for Shurmur to want to avoid that toxicity, though him not going on Francesa’s show anymore won’t suddenly temper the criticism of him and the 2019 Giants.