Giants owner John Mara says ‘sentimentality’ towards Eli Manning doesn’t blind football decisions despite ‘drastic’ changes
There are some who think the New York Giants have waited, and are waiting, too long to move on from Eli Manning but co-owner John Mara doesn’t think that has been the case. Mara has still continued to praise Manning the last few years even though he has struggled but he doesn’t think his sentimentality towards Manning has gotten in the way of any football decisions.
Via Mik Florio in ProFootballTalk:
“Do I feel a certain amount of sentimentality towards Eli?” Mara said in March. “Of course I do. Would I ever let that get in the way of making a football decision? Absolutely not! And I cannot believe some of you write that.”
Mara said earlier this week that big changes need to be made this offseason which is why they were bold with their moves.
“[L]et’s face it,” Mara recently said, “we’ve had one winning season, 2016, here and the other five or six years have not been so good since we won that last Super Bowl. So we needed some drastic changes.”
Even though Mara says the Giants made drastic changes, if the team had addressed the quarterback position earlier the team might be in a better position.
The team seems to have made it clear that they don’t want to start Daniel Jones, at least night right away but unless Manning suddenly becomes 24 or 25 again, he isn’t the answer at quarterback either. Even though Mara doesn’t see it, it seems pretty clear the team held on too long to the hope that Manning can still lead the team.