There will be a quarterback change Sunday when the New York Giants face the Arizona Cardinals, but it won’t be the Giants making it. The Cardinals announced Monday that Drew Stanton will replace Blaine Gabbert as the starter against the Giants.
As for the Giants, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday he doesn’t expect any changes to the quarterback depth chart.
“We’ll talk about it. As we stand here right now, yes (it stays the same),” Spagnuolo said. “But, everything – I haven’t had a chance to talk with Mike (Sullivan) about going forward for Arizona. Kind of really been today more on yesterday’s game. I exhausted everybody.”
So, that isn’t a definitive “there is no way Davis Webb will be active” statement. It does, however, reiterate what Spagnuolo indicated Sunday night — he intends to continue starting Eli Manning at quarterback. If nothing changes, Webb will remain No. 3 and inactive while Geno Smith backs up Manning.
Here are more takeaways from Spagnuolo’s Monday meeting with reporters.
Safety Darian Thompson will go for an MRI because he reported that his knee is “a little sore.” Landon Collins and B.J. Goodson “tweaked those ankles,” and wide receiver Tavarres King is in the concussion protocol.
The fourth-down play
Evan Engram said after Sunday’s game that he thought it was obvious he had been held on the fourth-and-goal play with :48 seconds left. No call was made on a pass that was incomplete. What did Spagnuolo think after watching the tape?
“You could make an argument, (that Engram was held). I won’t make the argument, but I’m just saying that you could make the argument,” he said. “On the coach’s tape it kind of looks like that. But, he couldn’t get it up there. But, I’m not sure where the positioning of the officials were that they could see it or not. They’d have to answer the rest of that.”
On the improvement of the offense
Spagnuolo was asked why the offense had struggled so much before breaking out Sunday vs. the Eagles. Spagnuolo, of course, was not involved at all with the offense before becoming interim head coach when Ben McAdoo was fired.
“I don’t know that I have an answer as to why it hasn’t been like that. Again, I go back to last week when I jumped into this thing, I wasn’t – prior to that I didn’t have my eyes on the offense and I probably have to go back prior to the game against Dallas to answer that question,” he said. “I just know in these past two games, there’s been some things that Mike (Sullivan) has implemented. I think has helped us, and I think everybody has kind of stepped it up and played better.”