New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll said on Tuesday morning that no decision had yet been made on whether Tyrod Taylor or Tommy DeVito will be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
Taylor replaced DeVito, who had started six consecutive games after injuries to Taylor and Daniel Jones, at halftime of Sunday’s 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
DeVito had gone 9 of 16 for just 55 yards, the Giants had converted just one of eight third downs and they trailed the Eagles at the half, 20-3, when Daboll decided to yank the undrafted rookie and insert the 13-year veteran at quarterback.
Taylor went just 7 of 16, but completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton and threw for 133 yards overall.
A week ago, following s 24-6 loss to the New Orleans Saints in which DeVito could not get the offense into the end zone, Daboll quickly announced that DeVito would remain the starter for the Christmas Day game against the Eagles.
This time, Daboll is going to keep everyone guessing. At least until the Giants practice on Wednesday.
Does Daboll really have a choice, though, regarding which quarterback starts against the Rams?
Whether the game plan with DeVito at quarterback was exceedingly cautious, or whether DeVito had chances but refused to throw the ball down the field against the Eagles the Giants never threatened a struggling Philadelphia secondary while the rookie was in the game. His Average Depth of Target (aDot) of 1.3 yards isn’t going to get the job done.
Sunday’s first half made seven consecutive quarters with DeVito at quarterback without the Giants scoring a touchdown.
While he has been a great story, and probably earned himself a few years in the NFL along with a few off-the-field dollars with his unlikely rise to prominence, his second-half benching probably pulled the rug out from under the DeVito-mania craze that has been sweeping the New York-New Jersey area.
Shoot, maybe Yankees star Aaron Judge even regrets that dinner tab he recently paid for DeVito.
The young quarterback was stoic Monday evening about his benching.
“It’s tough. It’s just a constant reminder that it’s a business,” he said. “They’re always going to try to find someone to replace you, wherever it is. At the same time, it is a business. It’s your job. I respect it. There’s no hard feelings one way or another. I was hoping [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor] was going to go out there and ball and we win the game. It’s nothing more than that. That’s all it is.”
As for whether he starts Sunday, he knows that is out of his hands.
At the end of the day, it’s not me or [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor’s] decision, it’s the coaches,” he said.
Taylor, who was emotional a couple of weeks ago when he came back from injured reserve but was told DeVito would remain the starter, also was careful not to pitch for the starting job after Monday’s game.
“That is not my decision,” he said. “My decision is to be ready when my number is called and I think that I proved that tonight. I will continue to keep preparing whether it is me moving forward or not. I told you all this before. My mood or my attitude doesn’t change based on circumstances. I am the same person. I am the same leader each and every day.”
Taylor wasn’t great against the Eagles. We have already written about that. The 15-point third quarter the Giants had wasn’t his doing. That was about defense and special teams.
The second half, though, did show that Taylor’s athleticism, deep ball accuracy and 13 years of NFL experience help bring an explosive element to the Giants’ offense that hasn’t been there.
To me, Daboll and the Giants have ridden DeVito-mania as far as they can. While it does nothing to answer the long-term question regarding the Giants’ 2024 quarterback situation, my view is there is only one right answer for the Giants on Sunday against the Rams.
Taylor has to play.