Saquon Barkley: Firing Shurmur Wasn't Really Up To Me

Barkley reflected on the Giants' 2019 season, including the franchise's decision to fire head coach Pat Shurmur

The DA Show
April 23, 2020 - 9:13 am

The New York Giants did not have a great season last year. They started 2-2, but lost nine straight games from Week 5 to Week 14 and finished 4-12, missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.

The Giants finished 23rd in total offense and 19th in scoring offense (21.3 points per game), as the franchise fired Pat Shurmur in December.

Running back Saquon Barkley shared his thoughts on that decision Thursday on CBS Sports Radio.

“To be honest, that wasn’t really up to me,” Barkley said on The DA Show. “That wasn’t even my mindset. My mindset was continue to go out every week and try to do whatever I can to help my team win. But with [coaching] decisions and do I think this or do I think that, I really try to stay away from that and just try to focus on bettering myself as a player and overall as a team.”

The Giants replaced Shurmur with Joe Judge. The 38-year-old previously served as special teams coordinator for the New England Patriots.

With Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in 2018, and Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in 2019, the Giants believe their backfield will be set for quite some time.

“I think we have a lot of great leaders on this team and a lot of great players on this team,” Barkley said. “At the end of the day, I think the ultimate goal for us it to hopefully compete for a championship. It takes a team to do that, and it starts now.”