The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that Eli Manning was heading to the bench and the team was starting Daniel Jones, but Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner doesn’t think right now was the right time to make the change.
Fifteen years ago, Warner was benched for Manning, and he thinks that it was too early to make the change, but admits he might be a bit biased.
“I do not feel like the time is right,” Warner said in an interview on NFL Network on Monday when asked if it was time to sit Eli and play Jones. “Maybe I’m biased because I’ve been in this position numerous times when I was playing.”
Warner said that he has gone back and watched the film of the Giants first two games, and the biggest problem he has seen is the team not giving the ball to Saquon Barkley enough.
“I went back and watched every one of Eli’s throws over the first two weeks. He is not the reason why they’re not winning,” said Warner. “They’re not giving the ball enough to Saquon (Barkley). Saquon’s been great but they’ve got a bunch of issues at the wide receiver spot. We know that.
Warner thinks when Manning has had to make the throws he has, the right talented players just aren’t around him.
“But it’s not because of how Eli is playing in my opinion. He is playing decent football making a lot of good plays out there. Just doesn’t have the pieces around him right now to win football games.”
Warner might have some valid points, but Manning isn’t the future of the Giants anymore, that title goes to Daniel Jones.