With Daniel Jones preparing for the 2022 season, his predecessor discussed the future of the young quarterback.
The Giants did not pick up Jones’ fifth-year option for 2022, setting up a “make or break” season for the 25-year-old quarterback, who must prove he can be New York’s quarterback of the future.
While it will be months before we know whether Jones is up to the challenge, his former teammate Eli Manning said during the Manning Passing Academy on Friday that he believes Jones has a better chance of succeeding with the Giants’ new coaching staff, led by head coach Brian Daboll.
Manning told NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis on NFL Total Access, “I think with Coach Daboll, and what they’re doing, and that staff, and (new GM) Joe Schoen, having been around the facility some, the atmosphere has changed.” “So I’m excited for Daniel, because I know he’s worked incredibly hard and been through a number of offences and coaching changes, so hopefully this is the right one.”
Jones was drafted prior to the 2019 season with the expectation that he would learn from Manning and be in position to succeed him as the franchise quarterback upon Manning’s retirement. The former Duke player, however, has not lived up to expectations in the three seasons since joining the league. The young quarterback has frequently struggled with ball control and has been unable to demonstrate the leadership and talent that many expected from him.
Jones’ tenure in New York stands in stark contrast to Manning’s early years, during which Manning led the Giants to an NFC East championship in his first season as the starting quarterback and won the Super Bowl in his fourth season. Jones’ tenure with the Giants has not been nearly as fruitful thus far, as New York has not yet compiled a winning record with him at quarterback.
However, Manning was quick to point out that a significant portion of his own success can be attributed to the 12 years he spent playing under the same head coach. Jones is already on his third coaching staff, as Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge were both fired after two seasons at the helm. Now that Schoen and Daboll are in charge, Jones must adjust to yet another system. Jones is expected to develop as a player and a leader, despite the fact that constantly learning new offences makes it significantly more difficult.
Manning stated, “By my fifth year, I had been in the same offence the entire time, I knew it, I could coach it up, new players are coming in, I was speaking the same language as my offensive coordinator and (former head coach Tom) Coughlin, and kind of preaching the same stuff.” “And with (Jones), it’s all new, it’s all learning, and he’s constantly trying to learn and learn and learn, and it just takes some time for everything to sink in.”
But now that Daboll is in charge, there is hope that things in New York will improve. Daboll was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, where he helped Josh Allen become one of the league’s best quarterbacks. If Manning’s assessment of Daboll’s positive impact on the organisation is accurate, Jones may be able to work with him and develop into the player the Giants envisioned him to be: a leader who will usher in a new era of success for the team.