Giants owner “always admired” Packers QB succession plan

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The widespread assumption around the league is that the Browns will pick a quarterback first overall.

But because no one’s quite clear what the Giants will do, it’s hard to get a clean read on the rest of the draft or the order quarterbacks might come off the board. While they have a quarterback they trust for the moment in Eli Manning, the opportunity to add an heir might be something they can’t pass up.

I always admired the way the Packers handled it with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers,” Giants co-owner John Mara said Sunday, via Tom Rock of Newsday.

Mara was quick to add that’s not necessarily an indication of intent.

“Believe me when I tell you I don’t know if we’re taking a quarterback or not,” Mara said. “We’re very early on in the process. You could give me eight different scenarios and I would tell you that [each] is a possibility.”

If they stay put at No. 2, the Giants could add a player such as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and give Manning a backfield threat to complement Odell Beckham. Or since General Manager Dave Gettleman missed on free agent guard Andrew Norwell, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson’s a possibility. Or because so many teams want a quarterback and the Jets have already traded up to third to make sure they get a better grade of player, the Giants could also be in the market for a deal (Buffalo had already called, even before the Jets traded up with the Colts).

“The way I look at that, if we wanted to do that is: Tell me who we’re going to get with these other picks and compare it with the person we could have gotten with the second pick and then let’s see which scenario is going to make us better,” Mara said of a possible trade. “It’s an opportunity for us to get a lot better.

“To be able to pick at the top of each of these rounds and particularly with the amount of quality at the top of this draft, it gives us a chance to do something . . . They’re all important picks, but the No. 2 pick in the draft is an important pick that can have a huge effect on the future of this franchise. So you have to make the right decision.”

And if that decision is sitting tight and adding a quarterback who will start the clock ticking on Manning, that doesn’t sound like anything Mara is opposed to.

20 responses to “Giants owner “always admired” Packers QB succession plan

  1. It’s all fun to speculate on the draft and on players, but in
    reality It’s a crap shoot at best. Even in the first round
    it’s a 50/50 shot on a QB and not much better on the rest of the
    Non-QB picks. The QB’s are either good or they’re not. On the
    Non-QB picks they can at least become average players and they’re
    not total bust like QB’s

  2. He’s right and Cleveland has proven it. Trading down can work but it is usually a fool’s errand. You have the 2nd pick in the draft and the odds of getting a great player are great. Not so much if you trade down. 12 run of mill players isn’t going to improve your team as much as one or two great players.

  3. The Packers DIDN’T handle the QB situation with Favre and Rodgers. They drafted Rodgers, he sat on the bench for three years, Favre didn’t tutor or help him, and Rodgers only played when Favre left the team. The Packers weren’t “handling” that situation at all, other than to play Favre and sit Rodgers. End of story. It wasn’t about a smooth succession or anything like that–it was about Favre being territorial and selfish, and Rodgers putting up with it until Favre left the team. If Mara thinks that’s “handling” the situation, he’s blind as a bat.

  4. As a Bills fan I hope my guys are reading this. The quality on DL, at DB, and at Center that I hope the Bills pass on this year’s Tim Couch sweepstakes and if anything trade back down to get even more picks in the top 50. Only Josh Rosen is good enough, but he is injury prone against kids, so not a great investment.

  5. Draft Barkley as a complement to Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis, Evan Engram, etc… Kets leave OBJ out of the equation.

  6. amaf21 says:
    March 26, 2018 at 8:19 am
    yeah because the rogers/farvre transition went so smooth. what a dope.
    —————–
    It went very smooth until Favre wanted to rescind his retirement announcement, and who can blame him as he showed he still had gas in the tank. With his request to keep playing, Favre was traded to the Jets since the starting gig was already passed along to Aaron. Not much else the Packers could have done. Even with the trade, it went as well as it could have.

  7. How can you say a GM missed on a free agent when we haven’t even played a game yet?

    The team evaluates the player, determines their worth, and doesn’t budge from the value line. If someone else thinks the player is worth more, maybe that GM missed by over-spending.

  8. To the people saying that the transition was bad are missing the point. The packers had Brett who was already a hall of fame QB. What he is stating by this is that they drafted Aaron because Ted knew how good he was Brett would not last forever. The Giants shouldn’t take a QB but be thinking about soon as Eli is getting up there in age.

  9. Admired their plan?
    Favre was a drunk and got traded out of Atlanta for a ransom at the time.
    Rodgers fell into their lap.

    It was pure freaking luck.

  10. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Admired their plan?
    Favre was a drunk and got traded out of Atlanta for a ransom at the time.
    Rodgers fell into their lap.
    It was pure freaking luck.
    _____________________

    So the guy who decided to trade a “ransom” for Favre gets no credit?

    Rodgers “fell into their lap” without mentioning Troy Williamson or Erasmus James?

    Viking fans can’t even admit the Packers EVER made a good nfl decision. Wonder why they are so defensive?

  11. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    Admired their plan?
    Favre was a drunk and got traded out of Atlanta for a ransom at the time.
    Rodgers fell into their lap.
    It was pure freaking luck.
    ——————————————————————————————

    Wasn’t he like the 24th pick? So how can you say he just fell in to their laps, especially when your team passed on him twice. So if you want say that he fell in to the Packers Laps, then you should also say that when the Vike’s drafted AP and Randy Moss that they also fell to the Vikings. Oh that’s right it was just great drafting by the Vike’s I forgot.

  12. Plan?

    No, it was blind, dumb luck. Extreme good fortune.

    And if the Packers had a “plan” Brett Favre would have been dealt without the public spectacle.

  13. Montana/Young
    =====

    Walsh tried to bury Montana 3 years too early.

    Can’t blame him for doing his due diligence and covering his backside with Montana’s injury situation… but that QB competition in ’88 nearly cost him his going away party.

    And 2 of Montana’s 3 All-Pro seasons came with Young riding the bench (’89-’90)

  14. It went very smooth until Favre wanted to rescind his retirement announcement, and who can blame him as he showed he still had gas in the tank. With his request to keep playing, Favre was traded to the Jets since the starting gig was already passed along to Aaron. Not much else the Packers could have done. Even with the trade, it went as well as it could have.
    =====

    The Packers tried to bribe him with an absurdly well-paying PR job to stay retired.

    When that failed, they did all the could to block him from playing. The Commissioner had to force their hand.

    Then, they were so sold on Aaron Rodgers, they offered Favre a chance to compete with him.

    Thompson refused to deal Favre to an NFC team for fear of playing him. It widely rumored Gruden and the Bucs offered more, but they were on the Packers schedule in 2008…. in hindsight, maybe they should have made that move! Perhaps Favre gets his revenge and goes away rather than forcing his way to a rival and having one of his best seasons.

    It worked out for the Packers. But there was no plan in place. If there was, NONE of the above would have transpired.

    .. In the Packers defense, maybe they couldn’t have traded Favre as quietly as the 9ers did Montana in ’93. But they certainly could have mitigated the drama, rather than feeding into it.

  15. aarons444 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    Plan?

    No, it was blind, dumb luck. Extreme good fortune.

    And if the Packers had a “plan” Brett Favre would have been dealt without the public spectacle.

    —————————————————————-

    Yea, luck that teams were dumb enough to pass up on Rodgers. Luck that the Packers were able to trade for Favre knowing he was talented.

    The Packers DID have a plan, Favre just didn’t quite follow through. That was on him, not the team. And while it did create some bad PR, it was great seeing him play for a few more years

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