Will Giants draft Eli’s successor with Eli on the roster?

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t discussed his future with the team. Depending on what happens in 15 days, a discussion may be necessary.

If the Giants select a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft, they’ll have a potentially awkward mess, with Eli still the starter, the hotshot rookie looming, and the back pages of the tabloids generating large-type puns whenever and wherever they can.

As Tony Dungy explained it last month on PFT Live, citing the Steelers’ decision not to draft Dan Marino with Terry Bradshaw on the team as the prime example, the Giants should take a quarterback at No. 2 if that’s where their evaluation leads. And I agree with that thinking, as long as the Giants are 100-plus-percent sure that the quarterback they take will become a franchise quarterback and keep the team relevant for more than a decade.

If the Giants have any doubt about the potential quarterback pick at No. 2, they should pass on a passer — especially since that means getting a player like running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb. Which would do a lot more to improve the team while Eli is still on it.

But if they choose to take a quarterback, the Giants need to be ready for a rough ride, given the market in which they play, a fan base still miffed about the clumsy benching of Eli during the 2017 season, and the reality that the Mannings will find a way to make their feelings known. The ride will get rougher if the quarterback they take doesn’t become the right quarterback for the next generation.

26 responses to “Will Giants draft Eli’s successor with Eli on the roster?

  1. KINd of have too at this point, when will they be this high in the draft? They tried to tank last year and that backfired and honestly, Eli is barley hanging on and that defense standing on its head and the emergence of Beckham in 2016 was the perfect storm. Eli has done very little the past 5-6 years, it’s time to move on.

  2. Their market doesn’t change if they draft a QB in 2018 or 2019… the timing is irrelevant and the potential fallout from betting on the ‘wrong’ prospect is the same as well. The only new variable is Gettleman – how will HE handle the NY market when he awkwardly cuts ties with solid players and/or fan favorites.

    Giants need to draft a QB in 2018. But I hope they don’t and they have an Elway style succession plan for post-Eli (i.e. – no succession plan).

  3. mysterytonite says:
    April 11, 2018 at 10:42 am
    KINd of have too at this point, when will they be this high in the draft? They tried to tank last year and that backfired and honestly, Eli is barley hanging on and that defense standing on its head and the emergence of Beckham in 2016 was the perfect storm. Eli has done very little the past 5-6 years, it’s time to move on.

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    Not sure how you can say they backfired on tanking. They did end up with the number 2 draft pick. The only team with a higher pick had zero wins last year and would’ve still gotten the first pick in a tiebreaker if the Giants had gone winless.

  4. If they draft a QB, this might ruffle the feathers of Archie and the royal family of football.

  5. Eli is only 37 and wants to play several years. I would either draft Chubb, who might be the best player in the draft, or trade down and fill out the lines on O and D.

  6. If Eli doesn’t understand his days are numbered in New York, I’ve got some ocean front property in Kansas I’m willing to part with, at the right price.

  7. If Gettleman is going to be successful, he’s not going to care about Eli’s or the fans’ feelings

  8. The Giants didnt have to try and tank last year….they stunk with or without Eli playing QB. They SHOULD have had Webb ready to start after about week 10 to see what they had in him for a good 4-5 games. THAT is where they really messed up.

  9. Peyton never had a back up either. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence and not a Manning family policy.

  10. I’ve never seen a team held hostage by a more mediocre QB. Look at the language in this article, for example. “If the Giants draft a QB at 2, Eli’s gonna be mad! It’s gonna be awkward!” Eli is approaching 40 and has been a middling, ineffective QB for half a decade now.

    Eli Manning is basically the Jeff Fisher of NFL QBs at this point, coasting on past glories. The difference is that Jeff Fisher could actually win ~50% of his games.

  11. bvolke says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Eli is only 37 and wants to play several years. I would either draft Chubb, who might be the best player in the draft, or trade down and fill out the lines on O and D.
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    Ok…. but he’s terrible. So, that’s “several” more sub par seasons you are signing the Giants up for.

  12. If Eli doesn’t understand his days are numbered in New York, I’ve got some ocean front property in Kansas I’m willing to part with, at the right price.
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    Drew Brees wants in on that deal.

  13. And I agree with that thinking, as long as the Giants are 100-plus-percent sure that the quarterback they take will become a franchise quarterback and keep the team relevant for more than a decade.
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    No team can ever be 100-plus-percent sure about anything involving any draft pick, let alone that a quarterback will turn out great for a decade. Adding Saquon Barkley isn’t going to fix what’s wrong with this team so why pass on the chance to add a new franchise quarterback just because you might make your current quarterback mad? That’s the guy who got them to the second pick in the draft so I don’t see the problem with replacing him in the next couple of years.

  14. Will Giants draft Eli’s successor with Eli on the roster?

    –That’s usually how it’s done.

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    Exactly!

    They drafted Webb and there were no issues with that. They may believe Webb IS Manning’s successor in which case I would hope they draft Chubb.
    I believe the reason fans felt the Manning benching was mishandled was not because the streak ended but because the idiot head coach went to Gino Smith rather than Webb. Had he done so we might not be having these QB discussions now…..

  15. Well, sitting Jared Goff for the first year worked for the Rams. Although in all fairness, that was Jeff Fischer doing that so who knows if it was the right thing to do.

  16. Every single draft pick is a crapshoot. If they like a player, pick him. The Giants, Chargers, Saints, & Steelers are all in the same boat. Current franchise QB coming to the end in 1-3 years. Take a QB if he may be the future. Every other player is expected to handle the competition, the QB should too.

  17. if the team is not certain that Manning can be an effective starter in 2019 then they can’t shy away from taking a QB if they think that there is a franchise QB available

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