Daniel Jones has more than enough on his plate before his first career in the NFL begins to worry about what might happen if he fails. The rookie had a hard time on Wednesday afternoon, but said the right things. In one important respect, Eli Manning's successor has shown that he is ready for this job.
"I understand the responsibility. I understand the challenge, "Jones said at his press conference. "But I'm definitely looking forward to it."
Who knows? He could drive to Tampa, defeat the buccaneers and get this Giants team on their toes. He must at least prove that he earns this No. 6 in the next 1
I do not buy for a minute the narrative that the launch of a rookie quarterback should release the current Giants leadership if that team fails again. If Jones has problems and the support that surrounds him does not improve over the next three months, co-owner John Mara should admit his last mistake and keep his house clean.
A team can win and build up at the same time. I know that because General Manager Dave Gettleman said so after declaring that his team had a "really good off season". Gettleman was not available to answer the Manning messages, so we had to sort out his old quotes – they were called Gettle gems – and ask yourself what he might think.
"I'm confident in how we'll build a roster, and that's what we do," Gettleman said at the owner's meeting. "I laugh about" I have no plan. "My wife writes to me from time to time:" Are you already working on your plan? "It's pretty funny stuff."
So how exactly was this ? The plan: to bring the 38-year-old quarterback back with $ 23 million to send him to the bench after two games? How does this make sense from a business or footballing perspective?
Full 20 percent of the team's total pay now goes to two players, Manning ($ 23.2 million) and Odell Beckham Jr. ($ 16 million), who will not be in the field this weekend in Tampa , The Giants are topping the NFL for over $ 35 million – cash that could have been used to improve the roster. This is an epic mismanagement stage.
This team was terrible in the first two games, not just because of Manning. It stinks because Gettleman has dropped defensive veterans without replacing them adequately. It stinks because the Reception Corps looks like the end of your fantasy football league disclaimer, and the head coach can not find a way to build his offense on the best way to rebuild the league.
To put it bluntly: I do not expect, and never thought that this team will make the playoffs. But if this season gets out of hand and the NFL gets to the bottom, will Mara really trust Gettleman to make that decision again?
At least the Dolphins, the undisputed worst team in the league, are trying to lose . The Giants look like a close second – I know, I know, the jets are demanding that we keep their beer, if I make that statement – despite Gettleman's startling collection of win-now moves.
Gettleman is the one who, On the night of this spring, he pulled the air out of his chest and came up with the idea "to use the Green Bay model in which (Aaron) Rodgers sat for three years". Jones did not sit for three games! Gettleman, Shurmur and Mara seemed offended by the suggestion that Manning was no longer able to play at a high level.
"Wrong narrative," as the GM called it.
Well, two weeks in season, he'll do it Manning handled the decision as he always did with dignity and class, but when we asked him if he felt like he was being misled, how is this transitional season going in The low season, he replied, "I can not get into all this. "
Jones can change the narration of course moving itself is not just about the long-term future. The rookie is more mobile and, based on his performance in the training camp and preseason, more accurate in deep throws. He can do something right away – if he's the player the giants expected when they took him to sixth overall.
We will find out in Tampa. Finding a franchise quarterback is the most difficult and important task for a general manager, and if Jones really is the guy, Gettleman will find his absolute favor with this fan base begins to increase.
If Jones does not play the role and this team sets out to another catastrophe of the type 3-13? Then Mara should not wait until 2020 or later to press the eject button.