After another ugly 0-2 start for the sixth time in their last seven years, the New York Giants have decided that this year is not their year. The defense cannot stop itself from giving up a lot of points and the team thought it’d be better for this season to be a developmental one for the more inexperienced players. The inexperienced players are not only getting more time this year on the defensive side of the ball, but also on the offensive side led by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones was the Giants first-round pick this offseason. Immediately after he was drafted, the New York media exploded in anger, ripping Jones apart because they did not think he was the best man for the job. Although his solid performances in the preseason came against 2nd and 3rd string players, it gave Giants fans hope about the future of their team. He proved to the fans, the media, and especially the coaching staff that he has the potential to be a viable starting quarterback option in the NFL.
Now going into Week 3 of the 2019-2020 NFL season, Jones has taken over the starting quarterback role from future Hall of Fame veteran quarterback Eli Manning. And yes, Eli’s two Super Bowl championships accompanied by their MVP trophies make him deserving of a spot in Canton.
I hope that Daniel Jones isn’t as bad of a player as some fans, including myself, think. I would love to be proved wrong and shown that there is hope of a better future for this franchise with Jones at quarterback. Regardless of how he performs, he can’t do anything to stop the defense from getting picked apart each week.
The Giants are only two games into the season and they already see themselves competing for one of the top picks in next year’s NFL Draft. Getting Jones some reps beforehand might not be a bad idea because this season might just be a forgettable one where tanking is the best option.
I am glad to see that the team is finally swallowing their pride and making the right choice. It would have been dumb for the Giants to waste an early first-round pick on Jones and not start him at all this year.
I think everyone saw the Jones move coming eventually, but not this soon. Having Jones watch two regular season games from the sidelines before throwing him into the entire mess of the team’s recent performances is not the best choice that the Giants could make. If Gettleman and Shurmur knew they were going to put Jones this early, or even this year at all, then why bring Eli back for this season? They better hope that Jones shows some flashes or else they both are going to look clueless and alienate the fanbase even more.