New York Giants: 5 reasons not to start Daniel Jones yet

Eli Manning, and Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
Eli Manning, and Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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Pat Shurmur, Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Word came down on Tuesday that the New York Giants were benching quarterback Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. Here are five reasons why it’s a bad idea.

Well, well, well, the 0-2 New York Giants have decided that Eli Manning will take the fall for their poor start to the 2019 season. Tuesday, head coach Pat Shurmur announced, in a press release, that he was making the change from Manning to rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones as the team’s number one quarterback. Jones will make his first start Sunday at Tampa Bay.

How and why this current change came to be are subjects for a different article. The bottom line here is that Daniel Jones is in and Eli Manning is out as Big Blue quarterback. If he doesn’t play again this season, it will be an unceremonious end to an illustrious New York Giants career for the two time Super Bowl MVP.

Big Blue fans are well aware of Manning’s accomplishments and legacy. He’s one of the main reasons why there are two additional Lombardi Trophies in the Giants showcase. All that is apparently old news. That is the unfortunate business of football, everyone’s career eventually ends.

So here we are in 2019 and the New York Giants are essentially putting their warhorse of the past 16 years out to pasture in favor of a new thoroughbred. It’s a bad idea. The spotlight fades on every player. It didn’t have to be now for Manning.

What’s done is done. It’s not like the Giants will send out a press release on Thursday with the title “Oops, we decided not to make a change this week after all.” With that in mind, here are our five reasons why the Giants shouldn’t switch to Daniel Jones right now.