John Mara hopes Eli Manning keeps Daniel Jones on the bench

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Over the last decade, it’s hard to tell whether the Giants are working on a long-term plan or a short term plan. Or sometimes, if they had a plan at all.

But Giants co-owner John Mara has registered his preference in the hottest debate of the summer, saying he hopes first-round quarterback Daniel Jones doesn’t take over for Eli Manning anytime soon.

“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. “That would be an ideal world. We would like to see that.”

That kind of inertia would suggest a certain level of success on the field, perhaps even a playoff push (which they haven’t made often, just once in the last seven years).

What Mara wants to avoid is the same kind of ham-handed benching of Manning as the one Ben McAdoo presided over two years ago. Mara said the decision would belong to coach Pat Shurmur whenever the time came.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to be a decision by the head coach as to when and if Daniel ends up playing this year,” Mara said.

That’s consistent with General Manager Dave Gettleman’s stance, putting the franchise’s biggest decision on someone else’s plate.

And Mara just hopes that happens later rather than sooner.

11 responses to “John Mara hopes Eli Manning keeps Daniel Jones on the bench

  1. Based on the Patriots rich history of beating the Giants?

    jakethesnake123 says:
    After the Patriots game they will be either 1-5 or 2-4. If it is the former he comes the Rookie.

  2. 1billsnation says:
    August 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    At this point Eli would have a hard time keeping Uncle Rico off the field.

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    Eli’s safe. There isn’t any NFL stadium with a mountain in view for Uncle Rico.

  3. jakethesnake123 says:
    August 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    After the Patriots game they will be either 1-5 or 2-4. If it is the former he comes the Rookie.
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    I said this a month ago on another post about this. They won’t put him out there until AFTER the Patriots game. If the giants win that game, Eli gets a few more weeks to hold on to the job.

  4. Of course you want Eli, Mara. After all, you had your good buddy Goodell completely ignore outright fraud with “game worn merchandise” from Eli with zero consequences. What else you have cooking?

  5. cardiovascularendurance says:
    August 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm
    Based on the Patriots rich history of beating the Giants?

    jakethesnake123 says:
    After the Patriots game they will be either 1-5 or 2-4. If it is the former he comes the Rookie.

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    He didn’t say that the Patriots game would decide if the giants were 1-5 or 2-4. He actually said it could be one or the other.

  6. “I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. “That would be an ideal world. We would like to see that.”

    Why? Why would it be “an idea world” to trot out a QB for 16 games that absolutely no one outside of the Mara family wants to see play anymore? Every Giants fan I know is sick and tired of Eli at the helm of this franchise.

  7. Actually, and even though I despise all three of the Manning’s, this is the best outcome. The G Men are going to suck anyway so let DJ ease into the starting job in the latter half of the season…

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