By HCR Staff | Jan. 22, 2020
Daniel Jones had a very, very good rookie year. He showed tremendous athleticism and physical talent, but in our view, what was most impressive was his toughness.
Even though Pat Shurmur was deposed as Giants head coach, he did an excellent job bringing along Jones under tough circumstances.
But Jones needs further refinement, and his future prospects hung in the balance once Shurmur was fired. A poor hire by rookie head coach Joe Judge could have set Jones back significantly.
Jones got lucky, however, when Judge chose to hire Jason Garrett. While Garrett hasn’t coordinated in quite some time, we feel his experience as a longtime NFL backup will offer Jones quality support.
Garrett, like Doug Pederson or Frank Reich, or any other longtime NFL backup, can see, and most importantly, feel the situation that Jones is experiencing. They’ve been there. Unlike coordinators who didn’t play the position at the professional level, they can communicate their experience in terms that Jones will understand.
Garrett may have had his shortcomings as a head coach, but as a coordinator who played the QB position at the NFL level, he is well positioned to have success–particularly with a talent like Jones.
We expect the Garrett–Jones pairing to be successful; Shurmur built a good foundation, and Garrett will improve on it. If the Giants can upgrade their offensive line talent, we fully expect Jones to put up some big numbers in 2020.