Eli hopeful Giants' new coaching staff will help Jones flourish
After three disappointing seasons from Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Eli Manning believes New York's new coaching staff will help his successor reach his potential in a make-or-break year.
"I think with coach (Brian) Daboll, and what they're doing, and that staff, and (general manager) Joe Schoen, having been around the facility some, the atmosphere has changed," Manning told NFL Network's Rhett Lewis. "So, I'm excited for Daniel, I know he's worked extremely hard and, you know, been through a lot of offenses, a lot of coaching changes. So, hopefully this can be the right one."
The Giants declined Jones' fifth-year option worth $22.39 million this offseason, setting him up for a contract year this upcoming campaign.
Jones produced a solid rookie year, throwing for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. But the signal-caller has produced only 21 touchdowns over the last two seasons while struggling with turnovers (17 interceptions, six fumbles).
New York has failed to provide a stable environment for the 25-year-old. Daboll will be the NFC East club's third head coach in five seasons following two-year stints from Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge.
Manning emphasized the importance of the consistency he enjoyed during his early years in the NFL.
"By my fifth year, I had been in the same offense the whole time. I knew it, I could coach it up, new guys are coming in, I was speaking the same language as my offensive coordinator and as (former head coach Tom) Coughlin, and kind of preaching the same stuff," Manning said. "And with (Jones), it's all new, and it's learning. He's consistently trying to learn and learn and learn, and it just takes some time before it all sinks in."
Daboll earned the Giants job in large part to his work with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, whom he helped develop from a raw prospect into an MVP-caliber player as the club's offensive coordinator.