INDIANAPOLIS — If Pat Shurmur is already looking for a raise as head coach of the Giants, he may want to consider drafting Josh Allen.
It’s not that the quarterback prospect from Wyoming is any guarantee to deliver the volume of wins over the next few years that will provide Shurmur with extended contracts and more money. Rather, Allen has been effusive in his praise and appreciation of Shurmur this week at the Combine and may be better suited to act as a personal spokesman or agent while waiting for his playing time behind Eli Manning.
On Saturday, Allen gushed over the coach once again, this time at an event for Gatorade where he played the virtual reality game “Beat the Blitz.”
“I think going back to the Senior Bowl we had a really good meeting,” Allen told Newsday on Saturday of their first encounter. “Hopefully I impressed him and I’m someone they’re considering. To get the chance to play under him would be such an honor because he’s a brilliant mind. He’s got things going in the right direction. New York is going to bounce back from this season they just had last year and I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to be the mastermind behind it all. It’d be really cool to be a part of that.”
That flattery came a day after Allen stood at a podium and addressed a large crowd of reporters with similar Shurmur hosannas.
“Coach Shurmur is a super bright mind, I like him a lot,” Allen said on Friday. “He’s a really good dude and if I was fortunate enough to play under him I’d be super stoked.”
Allen met with Shurmur and the Giants again here in Indianapolis on Friday night. This time, he got to meet a lot more of the coaching staff and front office, including offensive coordinator Mike Shula (who was not yet employed by the Giants at the time of the Senior Bowl meeting).
“Everybody basically in the organization was there,” Allen told Newsday. “Coach Shula actually ran my quarterback drills before the throwing started [on Saturday]. He was the guy who shuffled me left and right, forward, throw. It was good to be able to talk with him. Obviously he’s got a pretty good resume too. So the opportunity to go and play there under those two guys would be such an honor.”