Giants co-owner John Mara once again expressed his belief in Daniel Jones during Wednesday’s introductory press conference for general manager Joe Schoen, and even shouldered the blame for what has been a lackluster three seasons for the former sixth overall pick.
“We do feel that Daniel can play,” Mara said. “We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up since he’s been here. We keep changing coaches, keep changing offensive coordinators, keep changing offensive line coaches. I take a lot of responsibility for that.”
When Jones and Big Blue take the field to start the 2022-23 season, Jones will be playing under his third new head coach in what will be his fourth NFL season, having already played for Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge. He has also already had three different offensive coordinators in Mike Shula, Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens. Turmoil and consistent change has surrounded Jones in his three-year career, with this past season seeing Garrett fired midseason, injuries surround the entire offense, and Jones himself sustaining a season-ending neck injury.
In the eyes of Mara, providing some much-needed stability around Jones will allow the 24-year-old to shine under yet another new coaching staff.
“Let’s bring in the right group of coaches now and give him some opportunity and try to rebuild the offensive line and then be able to make an intelligent evaluation of whether he can be the franchise quarterback or not,” Mara said.
New York still needs to decide whether to pick up Jones’ fifth-year option this offseason, but as of Wednesday, the team seems set on moving forward with the belief that Jones can be the long-term answer at quarterback.
Jones finished the season with 10 touchdowns, seven interceptions and three fumbles, hardly the kind of numbers that suggest a franchise quarterback, but Mara believes once outside circumstances improve, Jones will finally shine.
“I have a lot of hope in Daniel, and I know how badly he wants it,” Mara said. “I know how the players feel about him. We are certainly not giving up on him by any stretch of the imagination.”
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