Cardinals top coaching target 'expected to accept' Giants job if offered

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He took over for Shurmur as offensive coordinator in St. Louis after Shurmur took the Browns' head coaching job.

McDaniels is expected to accept an offer from the Indianapolis Colts to become their next head coach, leaving Shurmur to head to NY.

The current Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, is said to be the New York Giants' ideal party to become the 20th head coach in franchise history. However, the team can not make it official until the Vikings are out of the playoffs. Shurmur can't negotiate or ink a deal with the Giants before the Vikings season ends. He then became the Eagles' offensive coordinator in 2013, winning the Eagles' season finale in 2015 as the team's interim head coach after Chip Kelly was sacked. That would be when the Vikings are either eliminated from the postseason or heading into their bye week before Super Bowl LII.

Best of all: Shurmur won't have to work to win Beckham over after his success coaching Case Keenum to a career year.

Patricia reportedly will take the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions while McDaniels will reportedly get the job with the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Vikings have been one of the surprise teams this season, advancing to the NFC Championship game. The Vikings finished 10th in the league in points and 11th in yards, despite getting just six quarters out of starting quarterback Sam Bradford and losing second-round pick Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL in Week 4. He'll have an offensive weapon with Odell Beckham Jr., and will either have Eli Manning or the high draft pick replacing him. And he could provide a spark to the offense.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Giants would win out over the Cardinals because it is NY after all.

If they wait and Shurmur winds up going to Arizona, they still could hire Wilks.

Assuming the Patriots duo heads elsewhere, Shurmur would seem to be the Giants' last remaining option among their finalists.

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