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Jones reactions continue
Here is Jones’ father, Steve, on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Steve Jones, father of Daniel, joined @alexmarvez & @Gil_Brandt & talked about getting the news that his son was being named starter & Daniel's relationship w/ Eli Manning #Giants #BigBlue— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) September 18, 2019
"I think he's surprised that it came this week versus another week much later"
Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who has coached both Manning and Jones, had mixed emotions upon hearing the news:
"I'm excited for Daniel. I'm praying that Daniel gets off to a great start--that's important in your career, but I know he's tough enough to take what comes, and so he'll be just fine," Cutcliffe said.
Cutcliffe said he was “certainly more concerned at this point for Eli.”
“He’s been in a great person,” Cutcliffe said of Manning. “If this is the end--and I have no idea what’s next for Eli Manning--I hope he focuses on all the great things that he’s accomplished.”
Consider this: Manning is just 116-116 in the regular season. The Giants have not won a playoff game since beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time following the 2011 season. In fact, they’ve made the playoffs just once since then. He has 362 passing touchdowns (eighth most in NFL history), but also 241 interceptions (14th most). For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Giants are 0-2. In the last three Septembers and Octobers, they are 2-15, all games started by Manning. He has won polls as the most overrated player in the league.
Here is the most incredible statistic in what is now his 16th season with the Giants. He has not won a playoff game in any season other than the two in which he won the Super Bowl. Sure, any team would sign up immediately for two Super Bowl championships from one quarterback, but Manning has made the playoffs only four other times and was one-and-done each time.
“People will appreciate him more when he’s gone,” former Giants guard Chris Snee, who played 10 years and won two titles with Manning, said Tuesday. “If you were to draw up the perfect personality/player to be the quarterback in New York, Eli is the mold. He’s somebody with the mental makeup combined with the talent to play the position. It’s rare. Hopefully they have it with Jones.”
Someone very close to Eli believes he will be “classy but quiet’’ during this transition and there is frustration this happened after two games: “He worked so hard for it to end this quick.’’
It is not his way, but Manning should have spoken up as those entrusted as guardians of the franchise failed him miserably. The won-loss record from 2005 until midway through the 2012 season was 74-46, and his MVP performances in two Super Bowls imported two shiny Lombardi Trophies to the glass-enclosed case at the team facility. Ever since, lousy draft picks and suspect coaching hires and shaky free-agent signings left Manning on the other side of 30 with no offensive line, no difference-making running back (before Saquon Barkley) and a horrific defense. The one year the Giants could stop anybody (2016), Manning went 11-5.
The Giants ruined the back end of Manning’s career by living out a sequel to “Dumb and Dumber,’’ only no one was laughing — except their opponents.
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