ENGLEWOOD — Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur isn't someone who likes to take time off.
That's why when he was fired as the head coach of the Giants in 2019, he wasted little time to find a new landing spot, which just so happened to be the Broncos, where he already had a connection with coach Vic Fangio.
"I'm not really good at catching my breath. I'm an educator, a coach by trade, so I wanted to do that," Shurmur said. "I kind of had a professional relationship with Vic prior to coming here. When I went to New York, I started talking to him about maybe coming (to New York). But the Bears did a good job of keeping him. So, I had relationship (with Fangio) and I wanted to coach. That's what I do."
Sunday, Shurmur will return to his old stomping grounds, going up against his former team and many of his former players. Shurmur, who went 9-23 as the Giants' head coach, still remembers his time in New York fondly.
“I’ve got a lot of pride in all the players that I’ve worked with, certainly you point to the quarterbacks that you’ve worked with in the past,” Shurmur said. “I root for those guys. I worked really hard with those guys in that building for two years, and I sort of root for them. Not so much this week probably, but I want them to have success.
"I've got a great deal of respect for the Giants, their coaches, their players."
And the feeling is mutual, as now-Giants head coach Joe Judge, who replaced Shurmur in 2020, only had nice things to say about his predecessor this week.
“Pat Shurmur is an outstanding coach," Judge told New York media Wednesday. "He’s done a fantastic job. I have a ton of respect for him as a man, a ton of respect for him as a coach, I’ve have a lot of respect for what he did for this organization as well, as well as some of the other places I have competed against him."