Eli Manning discusses future of Giants QB Daniel Jones under new HC Brian Daboll

Eli Manning discusses future of Giants QB Daniel Jones under new HC Brian Daboll

As Daniel Jones prepares for the 2022 season, his predecessor shared his thoughts on the young quarterback’s future with the franchise.

The Giants did not choose Jones’ fifth-year option for the 2022 season, setting up a “make or break” season for the 25-year-old, who faces the challenge of proving he can. to be New York’s future at quarterback. position.

Although there are still months to go before we see if Jones will be up to the task, his former teammate Eli Manning told the Manning Passing Academy on Friday that he thinks Jones might have a better chance of breaking through with the help from the Giants. new coaching staff, led by head coach Brian Daboll.

“I think with Coach Daboll, and what they’re doing, and that staff, and (new general manager) Joe Schoen, having been around the facility, the atmosphere has changed,” said Manning in an interview with NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis on Full NFL Access. “So I’m excited for Daniel, I know he’s worked extremely hard and you know he’s been through a lot of infractions, a lot of coaching changes, so hopefully that’s the right one.”

Jones was drafted ahead of the 2019 season in hopes he could learn from then-starting Manning and be in a prime position to take over as the franchise QB retires from Manning. But in the three seasons since Jones entered the league, the former Duke product has failed to live up to expectations. He often struggled with ball control and was unable to show the consistent leadership and talent that many expected from the young QB.

Jones’ time in New York stands in stark contrast to Manning’s early years, in which Manning led the Giants to an NFC East title in his first season as a starter and won a Super Bowl in just his fourth year. Needless to say, Jones’ tenure with the Giants hasn’t been nearly as successful so far, as New York has yet to set a winning record with him under center.

However, Manning was quick to say that much of his own success can be attributed to the consistency he had playing under the same head coach for the first 12 years of his career. Jones is already on his third coaching staff, after Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge were ousted after two seasons at the helm each. Now that Schoen and Daboll are taking over, Jones has to adjust to another system. Manning pointed out that constantly having to learn new offenses makes it much more difficult to grow as a player and a leader, which Jones is supposed to do.

“In my fifth year, I had been in the same offense all the time, I knew that, I could coach it, new guys come in, I spoke the same language as my offensive coordinator and that (former coach- Chief Tom ) Coughlin, and kind of preach the same thing,” Manning said. “And with (Jones), everything is new, and he’s learning, and he’s constantly trying to learn, and learn, and learn, and it just takes a while for it all to sink in.”

But with Daboll now at the helm, there is hope that things in New York could take a turn. Daboll most recently served as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, where he made Josh Allen one of the best quarterbacks in the league. If Manning’s feelings about Daboll’s positive influence on the organization are correct, Jones might be able to work with him and become the player the Giants wanted him to be – someone to lead them. towards a new era of success.

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