The coaching staff needs to be shaken up in my opinion, but I don't see the offensive scheme as the problem. And the offensive scheme is what Shurmur brought to the table when they hired him. It's why they hired him! So why fire him when the offensive scheme is working about as well as could be expected given they have no #1 WR, two pretty good slot receivers (who like Clark Kent and Superman are never on the field at the same time), a pass-catching TE who is really just a glorified WR and he can't stay healthy anyway, and an OL that continues to lack the talent to move the football consistently either via ground or air.
And, oh, by the way, he is working with a rookie QB out of Duke who lacked awareness in the pocket at the college level and has so far shown that he lacks awareness in the pocket at the pro level. Jones's lack of awareness isn't Shurmur's fault, but if he is to be coached out of it it would help if he doesn't have to learn a whole new system next year. Consistency and better coaching at the position level is what the offense needs, not a new system. And more talent of course, especially at OC, OT, and WR. And another off-season under Jones's belt in the system he learned the year before as a rookie. Bottomline is I don't see how anyone an claim that Shurmur isn't getting the most out of the offensive talent he's had to work with given Jones's rookie status and Barkley's health.
On the other hand, the Giants changed their whole defensive scheme to accommodate Bettcher and it's been two years of piss-poor results and a failure to show even flashes of effectiveness or any degree of consistency. How much of it is talent? How much of it is scheme? How much of it is play-calling? It's very likely a mix of all three and Bettcher is responsible for two out of the three. I had such high hopes for him and I was willing to give him a mulligan for last year, but with not a single thing to hang his hat on, it's time for change.
As for the overall talent side of it all, is it a problem at the scouting level or the player development level? That's not something we can tell from our couches. We have no other choice but to trust that between Gettleman and Shurmur there are enough years of experience to put their finger on it and get it right. I'm not letting the two of them totally off the hook for the team's W-L record the past two years, I just think they've both shown "flashes" (so to speak) of being part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
I still believe that Barkley was a brilliant choice. I'm not yet as convinced that Jones is the shizzle, but I'm not convinced he isn't, either. Jones and Gettleman are now a pair. As for Shurmur, this year has been a disaster on offense, but the root of it has been things mostly out of his control and much of it due to the natural growing pains to be expected from a rookie QB. Shurmur proved his mettle in the second half of last season when despite no OBJ and a seriously overmatched OL, he was smart enough to put together game plans that maximized their meager talents on offense and kept them in games, several of which were ultimately blown by the defense.
Bottomline is I believe that all three of them--Gettleman, Shurmur, Jones--deserve another year and maybe even another after that. I get that there are Giants fans who never liked the choices of Gettleman and Shurmur to begin with so now they feel vindicated, but if the Mara family believed in Gettleman and Shurmur two years ago, I think both of them have done enough things right to stick with them through another offseason of additions and subtractions.
Coughlin got four years three times in a row despite some extremely disappointing seasons inbetween. Two out of the three time it resulted in Super Bowls. The third time it didn't and he deservedly got the axe. Point being patience is a virtue and twice before in our recent history continuity (and not change) has rewarded Giants fans with Super Bowls. Let's not be spoiled. Let's not be greedy. It's been darkest before the dawn before.