Leading up to a 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 on Monday Night Football.
In fact, Shurmur not only preemptively denied ESPN’s request to wear a mic, he expressed a desire that none of his players wear a live mic after New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was humiliated earlier in the year for saying he was “seeing ghosts” out on the field.
“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 Sam 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, 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 out against ESPN’s camera crew and 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 question their level of fitness. But losing does strange things, so perhaps this is just a symptom of being 2-7 on the season.