New Giants GM Joe Schoen Is Foolishly Tying His Success to Daniel Jones

The New York Giants are coming off a sloppy 2021 NFL season. In fact, their past several seasons have been sloppy. They haven’t recorded a winning record since 2016, and they haven’t won a playoff game since 2011.

The drafting of quarterback Daniel Jones in 2019 and the hiring of former head coach Joe Judge in 2020 were supposed to spur a new generation of Giants’ success. Instead, New York is 10-23 in their last 33 games and on the hunt for a new head coach.

The Giants have found their next GM

GIants QB Daniel Jones.
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Following the Giants’ lackluster four-win season, the first order of business was figuring out who would survive the aftermath. General manager Dave Gettleman promptly stepped down following the disaster of a season, followed by the firing of Joe Judge after just two seasons in charge.

It was a proper house cleaning for New York.

Once Gettleman was out of the building, the Giants wasted little time identifying their next general manager. They hired former Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen. During his introductory press conference, Schoen began laying out his plan for creating sustained success in New York moving forward. He mentioned good drafting and strong player development as two major points of emphasis.

However, it was Schoen’s comments about quarterback Daniel Jones that really stuck out.

Joe Schoen is committing to Daniel Jones

The biggest question that needs answering in New York right now is tied to the team’s coaching search. They’ve yet to identify a new head coach. However, common sense suggests Schoen is leaning toward poaching a Bills assistant (Brian Daboll, for example) that he is familiar with.

The second biggest question that needs answering in New York is Daniel Jones’ status. Through three years as the Giants starting quarterback, he’s done little to suggest he’s a franchise-caliber player. Many expected Schoen to explore external options at the QB position this offseason seeing as he’s not the one who initially drafted Jones.

However, during his first press conference, Schoen jumped at the opportunity to formally commit to Jones, all but guaranteeing he’ll be the Giants starter in 2022.

“We’ll build an offense to accentuate what Daniel does best,” Schoen said.

Why are the Giants doubling down on their Daniel Jones investment?

No franchise likes admitting they were wrong about a first-round draft pick. However, it’s near-impossible to ignore Jones’s lack of success since entering the NFL.

Jones is 12-25 as the Giants starter and has a career passer rating of 84.3. He’s certainly flashed talent and potential at times. However, the overarching storyline of his career thus far has been one of disappointment.

That’s what makes Schoen’s public commitment to Jones so strange. Not only does Schoen have no attachment to Jones, but he’s blatantly setting up his next head coach for offensive woes in 2022. Jones really struggled to move the ball through the air in 2021, didn’t have a good on-field relationship with WR Kenny Golladay, and is coming off a season-ending neck injury. It all feels like a recipe for disaster.

This isn’t to say the Giants should risk it all and trade for someone like Russell Wilson. However, it seems reasonable to say Jones should be forced to win the trust of this new regime.

Schones immediately gifting him the starting job after three bad seasons under center is just strange.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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