Giants’ Pat Shurmur says QB situation ‘has not changed’
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur has made it clear all offseason that Eli Manning is the teams starting quarterback and even though Daniel Jones had a strong first preseason showing, Shurmur has made it clear that nothing has changed.
“Listen, we’re not going to play the what-ifs,” Shurmur said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “I would say this: Nothing has changed. This was the first game. I expect Daniel to play well and go out and improve.”
Manning did play in Thursday’s game leading the team to a three and out in the teams opening drive and was greeted by boo’s from the fans. In came Jones who perfect in his portion of the game going 5-for-5 throwing for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Shurmur did say that if it wasn’t for the weather delay, Jones would have probably played longer but he did like what he saw out of him.
“Keep playing, keep improving,” Shurmur said via the Giants team website. “I’ve said it all along, as well as he’s been trained in college, there are many things that he is doing for the first time and those are things that need to get repped both on the practice field and in games. Had we not had the (59-minute) weather delay (in the first quarter), he probably would have played maybe eight or 10 more snaps.”
Shurmur is trying his hardest to have no quarterback controversy, but it’s all going to come down to Manning’s play on the field. If he struggles early in this season, there are going to be plenty of people calling for a change, and more and more pressure will be on Shurmur to make it happen.