Daniel Jones in white uniform ready to throw close-up
Jason Garrett was the easy scapegoat for everything that was wrong with the Giants’ offense. Injuries have been a legitimate excuse for why it’s never really gotten on track, too.
Now Garrett is gone and the offense he leaves behind is relatively healthy – or at least healthier than it’s been for most of the season. That means the spotlight is now on the man who has always been the most important part of the Giants’ offense.
And they now have seven games to see if quarterback Daniel Jones really is the right man for that job.
Maybe it’s a little unfair to put that much of an emphasis on a less-than-two-month stretch at the end of another lost season, but that’s really where the Giants are with their 24-year-old franchise quarterback. Two-and-a-half years into his career he’s left them with more questions than answers. There have been times when he’s looked great, and too many times when he has not.
But until now it was easy to give him excuse after excuse. How was he supposed to run an offense with no Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay, and with a host of other receivers in and out of the lineup? And even if he could, how was he supposed to thrive with Garrett’s archaic playbook – one that many around the league, and some in the Giants organization, have criticized as too conservative, unimaginative, and at times just bad?
Now on Sunday, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones will have Barkley at his side and Golladay on the outside. It’s unclear if he’ll have Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard, but at least Darius Slayton and tight end Evan Engram will be in the huddle, too. And most importantly, Freddie Kitchens will be calling plays with what everyone thinks will be a more aggressive approach the offense.
It could work. It should work.
But that’s really up to Jones.
“I feel responsibility for our lack of production as an offense,” Jones said on Wednesday afternoon. “I feel that. I…