Danny Dimes sleeps with the fishes. After missing the previous three games with a neck injury, the New York Giants are shutting down quarterback Daniel Jones for the remainder of the season.
Jones went 4-7 as a starter for the Giants this season, but suffered a neck injury in a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. Jones hasn’t played since then and the Giants lost three games in a row, sinking to 4-10 on the season. The Giants fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, yet their offense still blows.
All signs point toward Jake Fromm starting in Week 16. Fromm, fresh off the Buffalo Bills practice squad, started in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys. He made his NFL debut as a starter and held his own considering he only knew less than half the playbook. Fromm, who expects to catch up to speed this week, seems like a much better alternative than backup Mike Glennon.
Since the Giants took a flier on Jones with the #6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, he’s gone an unimpressive 12-25 as a starter. Jones has never led the Giants to a playoff berth, which is troublesome considering they play in the worst division in the NFL and are unable to rise above the muck in the dreadful NFC East.
Death spiral in the Meadowlands
The Giants have locked up double-digit losses for the fifth season in a row and will finish the season with 10 or more losses for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
The Giants’ horrible run has, thankfully for them, been overshadowed by the ineptitude of the New York Jets. If the LOL Jets weren’t the laughingstock of the league, the Giants would be skewered nonstop in the Big Apple media.
The Giants get a pass because they’re a winning franchise that’s fallen on tough times. They won two Super Bowls with Bill Parcells with the 1986 and 1990 teams. The Giants won two more titles in 2007 and 2011 with Eli Manning leading the G-Men to two stunning upsets over the New England Patriots. In the decade since they last won a championship, the Giants posted eight losing seasons.
Jones has one more season under his initial rookie contract. The Giants incur a modest cap hit with his salary, so it looks like they’ll stick with him for one more season.
“I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us that he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with,” said head coach Joe Judge. “In terms of the business aspect of it and different things, I’ll let different departments of this organization handle that stuff.”
Judge likes Jones, but he might not be around much longer to stick up for his quarterback. The Giants are expected to shake up the organization in the offseason. Word on the street in Gotham is that both the head coach and general manager will get fired as soon as the season ends. Jones’ future will be in the hands of the new regime that inherits this messy situation.