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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There was a “plan”

Back when Jones was drafted, Gettleman insisted he had a plan for the franchise. No OBJ, no problem, there was a plan. New York Giants fans had to be patient and put their trust in management because they knew what they were doing and everybody else was wrong for even entertaining a thought that they didn’t.

Part of the master plan was to follow Green Bay’s example with the “Aaron Rodgers model.” The Packers future Hall of Fame quarterback from Cal rode the pine for three seasons, getting only mop-up chances, while he watched and learned from another Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre. Rodgers didn’t make his first start until 2008 after Farve departed the organization.

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Gettleman told the fans that he signed Manning to a two-year extension, he expected his veteran passer to start both of those seasons and maybe longer. The GM went on to say, unless there was an injury, it could be years before Jones got a meaningful start for Big Blue. Jones needed to learn by Eli’s example and develop with practice reps. That is the right way to bring a prized rookie quarterback along. Instead, someone hit the panic button and Jones is this week’s starter.

To quote Mike Tyson, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” However, it also takes a measure of character to hold one’s ground in times of adversity.

Is Jones really better than Eli?

Daniel Jones looked good in the preseason. Then again when he came into games the New York Giants kept most of their starters in the lineup while NYJ, Chicago, and Cincinnati were using second and third teamers. It’s easy to shine against inferior competition.

Another thing to consider about Jones preseason performance is that offensive coordinator David Shula kept the play calling very basic. Its a totally different environment this week. Jones will have to read defenses, audible, and adapt. Things he didn’t do in the preseason. If the emphasis is on winning, does Jones give NYG their best chance to do so? No, he does not.

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