Pat Shurmur says Giants will “play the very best player” at QB

AP

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said he wasn’t trying to be cryptic. But he left enough space between the lines that you can read whatever you want into his words.

Via Tom Rock of Newsday, Shurmur said that he’s “constantly” evaluating both Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, and that the one who gives the team the best chance to win will start.

We’re gonna play the very best player,” Shurmur said. “I know we’re dancing around the words here, but right now Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play. We’ll just see what happens. . . .

“We feel good where Eli is, he’s our starting quarterback, and we’ve got a young player that we think is going to be an outstanding player getting himself ready to play.”

It’s easy to interpret that as the opening of a competition between the veteran who has led the Giants to two Super Bowls and the first-round pick, but Shurmur knows what leaving room for interpretation means.

“I’m not trying to be cryptic about it,” Shurmur said. “It is what I said it is. Eli is getting ready to have an outstanding year and Daniel is getting ready to play. That’s really about it.”

When it was mentioned that both things can’t be true at once, Shurmur replied: “Have at it, I guess.”

If nothing else, Shurmur has provided stuff to talk about in New York for the next few months, as the Giants decide when to begin the post-Manning future.

47 responses to “Pat Shurmur says Giants will “play the very best player” at QB

  1. “It is what I said it is. Eli is getting ready to have an outstanding year and Daniel is getting ready to play. That’s really about it.”

    When it was mentioned that both things can’t be true at once,”
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    Why can’t the statement be “true”?

    Steve Young has said many times that as backup QB to Joe Montana, he still had to do all the same preparation as if he was the starter.

  2. Eli has a career win % just barely above Tyrod Taylor and Matt Schaub, and just behind Trevor Siemian. If Jones doesn’t beat out that mediocrity, it’s going to be another 7+ years before they win a playoff game…

  3. unleaded92 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    Eli has a career win % just barely above Tyrod Taylor and Matt Schaub, and just behind Trevor Siemian. If Jones doesn’t beat out that mediocrity, it’s going to be another 7+ years before they win a playoff game…
    +++++++++++++++
    Take away Elis last two seasons and you will be comparing him to different qbs.

  4. If it makes you Giants fans feel any better, he said the exact same thing when he was in Cleveland and we all know how well that worked out for him!!!

  5. Backups have to prepare to play as well. This is after all a game where one play can end a starter’s season if he gets injured in a severe way.

  6. vaphinfan says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Take away Elis last two seasons and you will be comparing him to different qbs.
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    That’s not how it works.

  7. Gotham has a serious problem and it starts at the top. Gettleman is the king of chaos and it trickles down. No way they can have a smooth transition, because ole Dave hasn’t a clue how that is done. Everywhere he goes discord & havoc shortly follows.

    Notice that it’s now the coach out front trying to Dave-plain his mess. It’s gonna be a long tabloid filled season for the Giants. I’m ecstatic he’s outta Charlotte. It’s up to you New York … New York bap-badda bap bap badda ….start spreading the news.

  8. In the old days if you stunk it up you where on a short leash ,I miss the old days !

  9. When rubes say a QB is “done” because he’s surrounded by substandard players and terrible offensive linemen it just shows an ignorance of the game and a failure to go beneath the top layer of analysis. It’s lazy. Eli can still play, just put some talent around him.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Since they are pimping Jones daily, Eli is done. Writing on the wall for wittle Eli.

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    Well, he made the city of Boston cry-twice! Hilarious.

  11. I find it funny how some folks simply cannot see the fact that a coach letting the best player win is…I don’t know…a good thing. But on the other hand, if the Giants stay in the basement will question why he didn’t let the best player play.

  12. Take away Elis last two seasons and you will be comparing him to different qbs.

    Man, it’s craaaazy when Giants fans are accused of living in the past, isn’t it???

  13. Eli is still a top 20 QB…yeah that’s not good, but its not what many here make Eli out to be. He has had garbage teams for at least 5 of the last 7 years. Also, to go by a Qb’s win %? lol. Joe Namath is one HOF QB who has a losing record…Im sure there are a couple more.

  14. “Well, he made the city of Boston cry-twice! ”

    Actually it was more Coughlin’s defense that won those games. And credit to them for both Coughlin’s game plan and that he inspired that team to rise up and have the best games of their careers on the biggest stage. I have great respect for those teams.

  15. bobsacomano says:
    June 11, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    When rubes say a QB is “done” because he’s surrounded by substandard players and terrible offensive linemen it just shows an ignorance of the game and a failure to go beneath the top layer of analysis. It’s lazy. Eli can still play, just put some talent around him.

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    They should trade for Odell Beckham

  16. dirtydawg44 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    If it makes you Giants fans feel any better, he said the exact same thing when he was in Cleveland and we all know how well that worked out for him!!!
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    He also said “you’re in 3rd and long because you didn’t do something right on 1st and 2nd down”!

  17. objectivefbfan says:
    June 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm
    I find it funny how some folks simply cannot see the fact that a coach letting the best player win is…I don’t know…a good thing. But on the other hand, if the Giants stay in the basement will question why he didn’t let the best player play.
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    That only works if the coach actually has a clue about judging talent. Sadly Schurmur’s plan seems to be to do things the exact same way he did them in Cleveland because obviously trading away star players and reaching for QB’s in the draft will totally work this time.

    The only good that can come of this is the reason I was excited he was hired and that is him giving John Madden answers to questions about why his team is so bad during post game press conferences.

  18. If the Giants are smart, they’ll start Eli and see how they are after about 6 games. If they’re playing well, keep Eli in there. If they’re in the dumpster, bring in Jones and let him take his lumps.
    Let’s face it. The Giants are not winning anything this season anyway with the Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins in their division, so there’s no rush to get Jones on the field.
    In fact, the best thing that could happen is they wind up with a top 5 draft pick again so they can get Jones more help on offense for next year.

  19. Well, he made the city of Boston cry-twice! Hilarious.
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    Yea, those were tough loses. Thankfully the Pats have won 3 out of 4 since then

  20. Just think about it they say jones looks almost like eli now, he can only(hopefully)get better. Eli’s days are numbered.

  21. What happens if Daniel Jones is mediocre, say Ryan Tannehill level.
    What does the team do if they go 6-10?
    Its expensive to trade up (they could have taken Sam Darnold).
    I can see the team foundering for years going form one mediocre QB to the next.

  22. No Pat, you’re gonna play the least incompetent player. If you want the very best, your owner is first gonna have to fire Gettleman and then hire someone who understands talent and the concept of draft capital. Long way to go Pat.

  23. Jones isnt starting the season as qb1. Yes, If the team starts off like they did last year then Jones will be starting by week 6 or so. However, even if Jones truly is the real deal, the Giants are not going to be a good team this year…their ceiling in 2019 is 6 or 7 wins. This Giants team isnt winning this year even if they did have a legit top 10 QB. Its not about Eli/Jones in 2019….its about how much talent they can get next off-season so the can compete in 2020.

  24. What happens if Daniel Jones is mediocre, say Ryan Tannehill level.
    What does the team do if they go 6-10?
    Its expensive to trade up (they could have taken Sam Darnold).
    I can see the team foundering for years going form one mediocre QB to the next.

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    Did I miss where Sam Darnold looked better than Ryan Tannehill? Jury’s still out on Darnold.

  25. bobsacomano says:
    June 11, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Eli can still play, just put some talent around him.
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    How many years are we going to hear this?

    Let’s see – consistently lousy results despite the best RB in the league, the best WR in the league, huge investments in the o-line, multiple coaching staffs and one constant: Eli Manning.

  26. .
    again Eli’s skills are declining yet last year was mostly his 4th best stats wise of his career…
    QB rating, Least INT’s, yardage etc etc…
    The stats are all free to look at but stats don’t matter these days it’s just how I FEEL.
    Giants scored the most points in their division last year… their defense was the WORST…
    Eli apparently can’t play defense anymore. cuz those are the stats that DECLINED…

  27. bspurloc says:
    June 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    again Eli’s skills are declining yet last year was mostly his 4th best stats wise of his career…
    QB rating, Least INT’s, yardage etc etc…
    The stats are all free to look at but stats don’t matter these days it’s just how I FEEL.
    Giants scored the most points in their division last year… their defense was the WORST…
    Eli apparently can’t play defense anymore. cuz those are the stats that DECLINED…
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    Got it. Eli was amazing. The offense was humming. Just one question though: Why’d they spend an early 1st round pick on a QB?

  28. tylawspick6 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Since they are pimping Jones daily, Eli is done. Writing on the wall for wittle Eli.
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    The Giants aren’t in YOUR head. Nope, not at all. That can’t be the reason you are the first to comment on any Giants story.

    2007 was 12 years ago. Yet that loss still consumes you. Bummer for you.

  29. Giants do have a good looking offense. Im waiting to see if the redskins D can shut it down.

  30. Good thing u got it. they should have picked Josh Allen cuz Jones wasn’t going ANYWHERE…
    aka they screwed up big time, try not to forget that fact while pushing fake facts that Eli is declining “Rapidly”
    They should not have wasted Pick #1 on a guy that was going to be there for their 3rd or 4th pick…

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    Got it. Eli was amazing. The offense was humming. Just one question though: Why’d they spend an early 1st round pick on a QB?

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