Unless you cling to the content that nether Joe Judge, the food — or the headsets — volition halt stinking from the caput down implicit the 2nd fractional of the Giants’ season, a wild-card playoff berth is simply a tube imagination for the 5th consecutive season.
What that means is that from Sunday’s crippled against the Raiders until the merciful extremity connected Jan. 9 astatine 4 p.m. against the Washington Football Team astatine what is definite to beryllium MetLifeless Stadium, determination is nary much important substance than Daniel Jones leaving nary uncertainty by definitively and emphatically answering this question:
Is helium the quarterback of the future?
That’s mostly due to the fact that the aboriginal of wide manager Dave Gettleman is cloudy astatine champion and determination would beryllium a accidental his replacement was not portion of the process that drafted Jones oregon hired Judge, truthful thing close present tin beryllium etched successful stone.
John Mara desperately wants to halt rifling done caput coaches each 2 years, and helium would spike a trash can successful the extremity portion the mode Rob Gronkowski spikes a shot if helium knew that Jones would beryllium his adjacent once-a-Giant-only-a-Giant franchise quarterback.
One of these years, the losing volition stop.
Jones was drafted to assistance halt it.
That helium has not been capable to halt it does not mean helium is the slightest of the Giants’ problems, due to the fact that helium is.
He has been asked to captain the Titanic.
“You person an thought that the aboriginal is agleam for him, but you conscionable don’t cognize however agleam due to the fact that I deliberation immoderate of the things astir him person not been accordant capable either successful presumption of their availability,” ESPN “Monday Night Football” expert Louis Riddick said.
“If you’re asking maine would I propulsion the plug and beryllium looking to determination successful a antithetic direction? No I would not.”
Nor would I.
Giants fans look implicit astatine Justin Herbert and salivate. He is the young franchise backmost exception, alternatively than the rule. Jones is having a amended 3rd play than Sam Darnold did earlier the Jets traded him to the Panthers to draught Zach Wilson. And the 2022 backmost draught people is considered weak.
“Physically, there’s thing helium can’t do,” Riddick said of Jones. “He’s a large athlete. He’s a large hoops player, helium tin bash it all. He tin propulsion the shot each implicit the place. He was 1 of the champion heavy shot throwers successful the NFL past year. This twelvemonth it’s gone down due to the fact that of the consistency of the availability of the people. His decision-making looks better. His accuracy tin ever basal to improve. Some of that’s going to beryllium him, immoderate of that’s going to the chemistry with the weapons.”
Everything astir him doesn’t person to beryllium cleanable for Jones to succeed. But adjacent with playmakers falling similar flies and a patchwork, makeshift violative enactment that has been a patchwork, makeshift violative enactment for acold excessively long, and God knows what the woody was with those headsets, Jones has made advancement and has provided glimpses into what helium tin be.
When Giants fans inquire Phil Simms successful nationalist astir Jones, helium tells them: “Don’t interest astir Daniel Jones. Worry astir the remainder of the team, OK?”
Jones is tough, helium is smart, helium is simply a dual threat, helium is simply a bully person who has won the respect of his teammates, connected some sides of the ball. He has taken amended attraction of the ball.
Can helium assistance his squad the mode elite quarterbacks assistance their teams? Not this team. Not portion helium is not an elite quarterback.
Giants fans hide that determination were doubts astir Eli Manning up until his title playoff tally astatine the extremity of his 4th season.
It is simply a projection close present that you tin triumph with Jones — simply due to the fact that the Giants haven’t won yet with Jones.
When Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard return, Jones volition person much of a warring accidental down that patchwork, makeshift violative enactment to beryllium that helium is the reply to the question: Is helium the backmost of the future?
After the COVID-19 distraction the Giants endured this week, successful the midst of different play that has gone disconnected the rails, and truthful often into the grooming room, the precise past happening they request implicit astatine 1925 Giants Drive is simply a mendacious affirmative from Daniel Jones.