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Eli: Frequent coaching changes have hindered Daniel Jones' development

6/25/2022 7:05:16 PM
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Eli Manning believes that all the coaching changes current New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has endured in his short NFL career have interfered with his development according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football

Manning noted that that Tom Coughlin was the head coach for the first 12 years of his own Giants career and that stability was a key to his growth.  “By my fifth year, I had been in the same offense the whole time, I knew it, I could coach it up, new guys are coming in, I was speaking the same language as my offensive coordinator and as Coach Coughlin, and kind of preaching the same stuff,” Manning said on NFL Network. “And with [Jones], it’s all new, and it’s learning, and he’s consistently trying to learn and learn and learn, and it just takes some time before it all sinks in.”

Eli makes an excellent point.  When the Giants drafted Jones in 2019, Pat Shurmur was the head coach and Mike Shula was the offensive coordinator. In 2020, Joe Judge was the Giants’ head coach and Jason Garrett was the offensive coordinator. In 2021 Judge returned but fired Garrett during the season and replaced him with Freddie Kitchens. And now Brian Daboll is the Giants’ head coach and Mike Kafka is the offensive coordinator.

Fortunately, Manning believes the Giants finally have the right people in place in Daboll and new GM Joe Shoen and Jones should have a far opportunity to show what he can do.  Given that the Giants declined his fifth-year option, however, he may have only one season in Daboll's offensive system to prove himself.  He has every opportunity to prove himself worthy of a big second contract — and if he falls short, the Giants will keep their coach in place, but change quarterbacks and Jones will likely be going the Mitchell Trubisky route of a failed first-round pick trying to rebuild his career elsewhere.

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