NFL on CBS studio analyst Phil Simms was not in attendance at MetLife Stadium for Sunday's game vs. the Falcons to hear the halftime boos for Giants owner John Mara during Eli Manning's jersey retirement ceremony.
When Simms was informed about the situation and how frustrated Giants fans’ were, Simms, in an interview with the Daily News, says it’s crazy to think that the Mara’s aren’t as invested in the team as the fans are.
“To think John Mara is not putting his heart and soul into this and taking losses tougher than the fans is crazy,” Simms said. “If you think that, then you don’t understand the Mara family.”
Simms added that Mara ‘lives and dies for the Giants' and even takes preseason games seriously.
“They’re trying everything,” Simms said of the Giants’ eagerness to turn this around.
The former Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner believes fans are overreacting after two close losses and doesn’t anticipate any drastic moves from the front office for now.
“Sooner or later it’s gotta be stable,” he said, “and the only reason to make changes, if you’re the Giants, is if you think there is zero chance it can turn around.
Simms doesn’t view the Giants 0-3 start to the season as hopeless, but he does say it starts with the players on the field and the coaches having to develop them into stars. Simms specifically points out Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and other key Giants players.
“I think the Giants have a lot of good players,” he said. “But it comes down to this: name me the stars on the team. Is there a guy on offense, is there a pass rusher who can win the game for you right now? The answer is no.”
“Saquon Barkley, Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Evan Engram, Kenny Golladay, the corners, all of them are potential stars,” Simms said. “They need to turn into stars. And the coaches have to help them become stars, too.”
Giants coach Joe Judge hinted on Monday that everything is on the table including shaking up the teams play-calling on offense. When Judge was asked about offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, the head coach said the team will improve its coaching and execution on offense before making any radical decisions.
Although the offense is clearly in a rut, Simms still believes in the Giants former first-round pick Daniel Jones as a franchise quarterback.
“In Daniel Jones I see a possible franchise quarterback,” Simms said. “He’s a guy who can get the ball out, and if somebody gets open, he’s gonna hit him.”
Simms added that it’s the talent around Jones that matters most.
“It does come down to talent and who you’re around and what you have. You know what? Sam Darnold took a magic pill. That’s why he’s succeeding in Carolina,” Simms said sarcastically. “It’s not because of what’s around him.”
Simms may have a point about Jones, but the Giants will need a lot more out of Jones and the rest of their 'potential star players.' The Giants are currently sitting at the bottom of the NFC East heading into Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints.