Will the Giants turn Daniel Jones loose as a running threat?

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Giants coach Brian Daboll has said that playoff experience is overrated. That hasn’t stopped his inexperienced playoff quarterback from getting any information he can about what to expect.

The quarterback of the team’s first playoff game since 2016 has contacted the quarterback who last led the Giants to the playoffs, in 2016.

Eli Manning, who still works for the Giants, happily offered Daniel Jones advice.

“It was keep your process the same, keep your approach the same,” Jones told reporters on Frida, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. “Largely, it’s the same game. Your intensity is up a little bit, but nothing changes as far as your decision-making and how you approach the game. It’s the same game. Trust what has gotten you there.”

For Jones, it could also be an opportunity to use a skillset that could help take him to the next level.

Against the Vikings on Christmas Eve, Jones ran four times for 34 yards. On Friday’s PFT Live, Peter King suggested that Jones would have more rushing attempts than that in Sunday’s postseason rematch.

Six times in 2022, Jones had 10 or more runs. Against the Colts on New Year’s Day, he generated 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Against the Jaguars in Week Seven, Jones had 107 rushing yards on 11 carries.

With the Minnesota defense firmly in the bend-but-don’t-break category, a game plan featuring deliberate quarterback draws and not just scrambles could put the Vikings in a spot where they’re so concerned about Jones running that the receivers get just a little more separation, and the rest of the offense opens up.

Some teams with running quarterbacks (like the Bills and Josh Allen) will deliberately limit rushing attempts in the regular season, in the hopes of striking a balance between moving the ball effectively and keeping the quarterback healthy. Then, when the single-elimination round arrives, it’s time to let the quarterback do his thing on the ground.

Daboll most recently was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo. So he knows all about unleashing a quarterback as a runner when the time comes to chase a championship.

While that may not be enough to get the Giants past the Eagles or 49ers in the divisional round, it could be enough to propel New York to its first postseason win since Eli helped the franchise win Super Bowl XLVI, eleven years ago.

21 responses to “Will the Giants turn Daniel Jones loose as a running threat?

  1. This is the one game where I feel there could be an upset. Depends on what Vikings team shows up. The Vikings had 13 wins but were minus 3 in point differential. That’s just not a very good stat. The only other division leader who accomplished that are the Bucs but they only won 8 games.

  2. I’m a Giants fan and I just don’t see an upset here. Their o-line is better than ours and they have far superior weapons to throw to and it’s a wash between Saquon and Cook- advantage Vikings. The only hope I have is that rpo’s with Jones cause enough hesitance to open things up for Bellinger or Saquon and that our practice squad wr crew won’t drop a lot of balls. That’s asking a lot imho

  3. it’s a wash between Saquon and Cook
    ++++++
    Saquon has fumbled 4 times in 60 games.
    Cook has fumbled 19 times in 72 games.

  4. I find the last line of the article intriguing. “While that may not be enough to get the Giants past the Eagles or 49ers in the divisional round, it could be enough to propel New York to its first postseason win since Eli helped the franchise win Super Bowl XLVI, eleven years ago.”

    It reads almost as if the Giants have failed; but, have they? The facts are, with 32 teams, every team should win it all every 32 years. To put it another way, we’re about to embark upon Super Bowl LVII, meaning we’ve played 56 of them. So, 56/32 = 1.75, meaning each team should now have 1.75 Super bowl wins. The Giants have 4 (four). Hardly a failure.

    Yes, I know not all 32 teams were around for the whole SB era but that’s more math than I wanna do this early and the final number wouldn’t change by a whole lot. I’m guessing each team would still need less than 2 Super Bowls to be average.

  5. A much better game plan would be to hit Saquon in the flat on a bunch of passes and see if the soft zone D of the Vikings can stop him from gaining 5-12 yards on every single pass.

  6. Daniel Jones was drafted and played his rookie year under one coach, then the coach was fired. That’s the worst possible scenario for a young QB. The second year everyone on the team, both offense and defense had to learn new schemes. That’s easy for a QB to pick up, but all the other 10 guys in the huddle aren’t usually in sync right away. That goes for the offense and the defense. So the entire team goes back to being a rookie, and the new coaches also need time to get familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of each player, and make adjustments. Then they get a new coach again. Then he gets fired after one year and they have to do that all over again. They’ve had six coaching changes since 2015. They finally have a little stability since they’ve figured out pressing the reset button every five minutes gets you nowhere fast. Daniel Jones has always been a good QB. The organization he plays for has been the epitome of instability. Every time you restart the clock doesn’t mean you wipe the pressure gauge clean, so the pressure to win just keeps getting more intense. Jones is thriving in the worst possible environment. His best play hasn’t been seen yet. Don’t be a bit surprised by anything the Giants do in the playoffs. Jones is every bit the athlete Josh Allen is. These guys can pull it down anytime they want, or the coach can design runs to keep the defense honest. I think this game will be among the best this weekend.

  7. psubeerman21 says:
    January 14, 2023 at 8:31 am
    Nothing to lose, let it fly

    ///////
    You literally have everything to lose. It’s the playoffs. If that’s your game plan and it doesn’t work, you go home.

  8. Just remember that a QB who has a career rush per game attempt of over six has never won a Snoopy Bowl. Only one has even won a playoff game – precisely one – Lame from Baltimore.

  9. lasersepi says:

    Just remember that a QB who has a career rush per game attempt of over six ….. Only one has even won a playoff game – precisely one – Lame from Baltimore.
    ++++++
    Cam Newton? Michael Vick? More than precisely one.

  10. Stack the box to stop the run. Make Jones pass the ball to his average wideouts.
    That’s the key Imo.

  11. They actually ran more the first game which surprised the Vikings. That is a pretty smart strategy as now the Vikings don’t know what they will do. They’ve got a great RB — why not use him and prevent QB injury? One thing the Vikings are pretty good at on defense, one of the few things, is rush gap integrity, which may limit Jones’ runs. My favorite team has blown out only one team all year (the Packers), so this will probably be another game to test my cardiac health.

  12. I sure hope this happens. Designed run plays for your QB into a Vikings zone team that plays soft coverage. It won’t work.

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