New York Giants fans, how far this team has come in one year, and what a difference Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll have made. But it all started back in 2018 when Saquon Barkley was drafted. And then a year later, the Giants made one of the most controversial and puzzling draft decisions ever, taking quarterback Daniel Jones with the 2019 No. 6 pick. The pick was immediately criticized, even mocked, by the media:
Long-time Giants fans were none too happy, either:
Full disclosure: I was not at the 2019 draft, but I was one of those guys. My heart skipped a beat when the Raiders took Clelin Ferrell at No. 4, and I literally jumped off my living room sofa when Tampa Bay took Devin White at No. 5. Josh Allen, one of the best pass rushers in the draft, was still there for the picking! I had heard the rumors that General Manager Dave Gettleman was in “full bloom love” with Daniel Jones, and I didn’t like it. I was sure that if the Giants did draft a quarterback, it wouldn’t and didn’t have to be until No. 17, and the guy I liked as a sleeper was Will Grier. (So much for my credibility.)
Many fans wanted Dwayne Haskins, some liked Drew Lock, and others had been hoping that Justin Herbert would come out in 2019. Anyone but Daniel Jones, who had a nondescript career at Duke on a bad team with subpar receivers. The story, maybe apocryphal, was that Jones’ Senior Bowl performance had sold Gettleman on him, combined with a good recommendation from Jones’ college coach David Cutcliffe. That seemed like a flimsy basis for risking the No. 6 pick in the draft.
It’s time for many of us to ‘fess up. Under the tutelage of head coach Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, and quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney, Jones has progressed from at best a game manager to this:
Let’s face it. We all (most of us, anyway) owe Daniel Jones an apology. But I know many of you have busy lives and it takes time to write a letter to him. Fortunately, Twitter has made it easy:
Of course, Daniel and the Giants’ mail room will probably not appreciate getting millions of these apology forms from the fandom. So let’s make it easier. “Vote” below for the No. 1 reason you need to apologize to Daniel Jones. If your reason is not on the list, leave your reason for apologizing in the comments.
Daniel Jones Apology Form: Reason for Behavior
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Media told me that he wasn’t good
I wanted the Giants to draft another QB
Cowboys, Eagles, or Commanders fan
Blamed him for incompetence of previous coaching staffs
Made fun of him for tripping
Duke always beats my basketball team
And sign the pledge by selecting below.
Pledge to Daniel Jones
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I will hereby respect Daniel Jones and I will not talk down to Danny Dimes.