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Let’s Enjoy This

I still don’t know if Daniel Jones is the next coming of Eli Manning or Dave Brown, but I don’t care right now. For one day he captivated us and gave us a reason to believe that the future could be a great one. Let’s just enjoy that and worry about the other stuff tomorrow.

It’s Jones

The Giants made it official, Daniel Jones is starting this week.

Like I said yesterday, I can’t argue with the decision, but I do find the timing odd. All summer long we heard about how Eli was the quarterback and then they pull the plug after two games. Why not go with Jones right from the start then?  Or why not let Eli go this past offseason and save the $17.5-million he will make this year? One of the concerning things about the Giants is they seem to repeatedly misjudge their talent level as a whole. That could be a big issue heading into next season when they will have gobs of salary cap space.

But let’s focus on the past and the present for now.  First, the Giants need to find a way to make Eli happy. If he is happy backing up Jones for the rest of the year and retiring a Giant, then that’s great. If he still wants to play, the Giants need to trade him and not worry about what they get in return. Eli has been one of their greatest players in history and they should treat him as such.

As for Jones, this will be exciting. People are making way too much of the idea that he isn’t ready or won’t have a chance to succeed.  The guy was the sixth-overall pick in the draft, he should be ready!  And if he fails, and that could certainly happen, the Giants will have to jump into the QB pool again next year. Fourteen games will give the Giants a good idea of what they have in Jones and that’s a great thing because the faster they get their QB situation settled, the faster they can get back to winning.

One thing Jones can’t do is play defense. The Giants aren’t going to win a lot of games unless that defense makes some big improvements. Let’s see if the rookies and second-year guys can make the leap.

Sinking

For the sixth time in seven years, the Giants are 0-2. Sunday was a depressing demonstration of a defense that simply can’t handle anyone and an offense that has one true weapon. Some might say that the 2007 Giants rebounded from 0-2, but that team actually had a defense. So what happens now? Well the coach gave a hint- “Eli has been the starter to this point” This is something and there are two ways to parse it.

1- The coach has lost his mind and just wants to cause problems.

2- Daniel Jones is starting Sunday

While I absolutely think 1 is in play, I think 2 is the answer. This season made no sense with Eli taking all the snaps unless they were winning. They are not. And while Eli shouldn’t shoulder all the blame for that, he clearly isn’t elevating his supporting cast. If the Giants want to make the change now, I can’t argue with it.

But here’s the thing, what if it’s 1?  The coach has opened a bad door and if he starts Eli Sunday and they lose, it’s going to get nuts.  And if the answer is 2, they need to get Eli out of here. Would the Saints, Eli’s home town, take him on with Brees hurt?

I don’t know, but the Giants have to cut the cord when they decide to move on. If Eli is the past and Jones is the present, it’s best to get Eli out of here.

When?

In 2004 the Giants got out to a great start at 5-2, but after two consecutive losses, Tom Coughlin decided the future was now and rookie QB, Eli Manning replaced Kurt Warner. It didn’t go well. Manning was terrible and the Giants won only one game the rest of the season. But, not a single Giant fan would change a thing about that decision because it helped to shape the QB who would lead the team to two championships.

Now it is time to transition to the next QB and the Giants will have an easier decision to make. If Eli wins, Jones will stay on the bench until next year. If Eli loses, the transition will happen this year.

The schedule favors Eli.  Week 1 in Dallas is tough, but home against Buffalo, on the road in Tampa, and home against Washington, give the Giants the chance to get off to a solid start. But if they don’t, the cries for Jones will build and after expected losses to Minnesota and New England, there will be a huge upswell for the Arizona game to be Eli’s farewell performance. That game comes about a week before the trade deadline and I could see a 2-5 Giants team try to steer Eli to another club rather than risk humiliating him with a benching.

No matter what happens, the future belongs to Jones. I’m still amazed they took him with the sixth pick, but he hasn’t given us any reason to complain. He’s been great in games, humble in interviews, and worthy of more opportunities. If he succeeds, a lot of people, including me, will need to admit our mistake.

I would be thrilled to do so, but we can’t decide either way until he plays in a game that matters. When that happens is all that this season is about.