The Washington Commanders didn’t have much success against the NFC East last campaign, but they did get fat against the lowly New York Giants, who finished 4-13 and proceeded to fire their head coach and general manager.
The new regime of Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll, both of whom were hired from Buffalo, will have their work cut out for them as far as fixing the mess left behind by former general manager Dave Gettleman.
It’s certainly early, but Schoen seems to know what he’s doing. From making a concerted effort to rebuild the offensive line, getting out of bad contracts and finding bargains in free agency, the Giants’ new GM is off to a good start.
The biggest question facing Schoen and the new regime? That would be the future of quarterback Daniel Jones, who’s entering his fourth season.
It’s unclear how Schoen and Daboll feel about Jones’ long-term outlook in the Big Apple, but longtime owner John Mara continues to express confidence in the former No. 6 overall as the team’s franchise quarterback for the long haul.
That sound you hear is Commanders fans celebrating.
Giants owner John Mara doubling down on his conviction in Daniel Jones is great news for Commanders fans.
Here’s what Mara had to say about Jones.
"We still have a lot of confidence in Daniel and think he’s going to be a very good quarterback if we just put the right pieces around him and give him a little bit more continuity and stability. He hasn’t had that since he’s been here. Let’s give him a chance to prove himself. He’s shown flashes of it, for sure.People are realizing it’s by far the most important position in sports and either you have one or you don’t. We think we have one."
That is music to our ears, baby.
Even if Schoen and Daboll aren’t as sold on Jones as Mara, it’s hilarious the Giants’ owner continues to step on the toes of the football brains he paid a lot of money to make football-oriented decisions. Mara hired them to fix a mess of epic proportions made by Gettleman, but he insists on making his voice heard.
The Giants’ alleged faith in Jones hasn’t led them to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, however. That would give Jones a fully guaranteed $23.384 million salary next season and lock him into another year as the starter.
Given Jones’ injury history and propensity to commit turnovers, our guess is the Giants won’t exercise the option.
Since he was drafted in 2019, only two QBs, Jared Goff and Baker Mayfield, have more turnovers than Jones’ 49. The most damning part about that stat? Jones has played eight and seven fewer games than Goff and Mayfield during that span.
If you can make one defense of Jones, it’s that Gettleman failed to equip him with a stable offensive line and playmakers. With Schoen putting an emphasis on the OL and Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney all in line to return next season, though, Jones will be out of excuses.
In a perfect scenario for Commanders fans, Jones will play well enough to earn a second contract from the Giants, but not good enough to the point where he morphs into a true difference-maker at the position. If Mara has any say in the matter, it wouldn’t be surprising if he already has the contract written out.