Daniel Jones has to learn a new game book, and suddenly the coaches are more excited to bring him their designs.
The Jones factor in the Giants' search for coaches is twofold: How will the quarterback start over after his promising rookie season? How does his presence affect the search?
If the position had been open four months ago, a candidate could have interpreted the force-feeding of the allegedly excessive and malignant Jones as a disadvantage. It is common for a coach that takes over a bad team to design a quarterback of his choice, such as Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning, Doug Pederson-Carson Wentz, Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray and more.
But now? John Mara, co-owner of Giants, does not face opposition when he says, "I think we have the answer at the quarterback." As a former NFL coach told the post, Jones could be the most attractive part of the job.
"You have to be honest with the situation," said ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky.
"If you were a person like me who has a few question marks about Daniel Jones [in the draft]It would be really hard to say honestly that you now think the same way: "I still see the things that I saw as potential restrictions." So that a player shows you that I am not what you thought I am, well, that is very tempting. "
Jones has control of the payroll team in his contract for another three years compared to the two Browns Baker Mayfields who have had a second season. uncertainty about Cam Newton's health and future among the Panthers; and Dak Prescott's upcoming big payday from the cowboys.
It could be a tie-break in favor of the Giants – especially against Carolina – as another former NFL coach said. Mainly because number 4 can be used in the design to meet another important need.
Jones threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 87.7 in 13 games.
"This year's harvest of [draft] Quarterbacks – Joe Burrow looks great – but there are very few guarantees, ”said SiriusXM NFL radio host Jim Miller. "Here they have Daniel Jones and he has a lot of advantages. I think a lot of coaches would be happy to develop Daniel Jones and have to feel that they can win with the Giants."
Why? Because Jones shouldn't be thrown back by a new crime.
"It won't be a big challenge for him," said Orlovsky. "He has been challenged by the intellect of football since entering Duke's campus. He has learned how to learn and memorize things that are important to the progress of a crime. This is important for the attitude: you get the coach who understands how his eyes see football? "
The main argument to keep the dismissed coach / player Pat Shurmur was to create continuity for Jones. This is rarely the case in today's NFL – perhaps unwise.
"My job is to work as hard as possible to improve, learn the system, and work with the next coach," said Jones.
Of the 26 first-quarter quarterbacks drawn between 2010 and 18, 10 changed coaches during or after their rookie season. Six more changed offensive coordinators. Only 10 returned to the same top structure in second grade.
"It's a reflection of the lack of patience by the organization rather than a reflection of the quarterback," said Miller. "You will go through growing pain. Patrick Mahomes is a rare bird. That's Lamar Jackson. Boys get pulled up because they're in bad teams. There is a lot of loss involved. "
Many of the best quarterbacks during this period have returned to continuity – including Deshaun Watson, Josh Allen, Wentz and Newton. Andrew Luck, Jackson and Mahomes only saw a change of coordinator.
Jones will join the house cleaning group, which includes Sam Darnold, Jared Goff and Mitchell Trubisky.
"If I can have the same system for the second year in a row," said Darnold when Jets trainer Adam Gase received a vote of confidence for 2020. "I can only imagine how much better I would understand the offense."
The biggest challenge for Jones is the language of the game book. The same pass on Duke's offensive, that of Shurmur and his next coach, could have a different name, different prioritization of routes, and different defensive keys to read. Add variables for people and zone coverage, and mixed messages lead to errors.
"He can compare games," said Miller, "but those things can slow a quarterback's growth."
Orlovsky says that "many young quarterbacks are ruined" by coaches who don't understand quarterbacking.
"Everyone thinks continuity means success," said Orlovsky. “We cannot put the value of continuity above the value of a really good trainer. You cannot fear a change. You must be prepared to fear that you will be in the same position as you are next year. Do you want continuity? Yes. But you can't sacrifice performance just to have it. "
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