For over 15 years, the position has been Eli Manning’s, but the times are changing in East Rutherford.
The Giants selection of Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the draft makes it pretty clear that in the not-too-distant future the franchise will be making a change at the most important position on the field.
This training camp has given me flashbacks to the 2004 season, which happened to be Eli Manning’s rookie year.
It’s the last time the Giants have had two quarterbacks on the roster who could make a legitimate case to start under center.
In the 2004 season, the Giants started future Hall of Farmer Kurt Warner for the first half of his one and only season with the franchise.
The Giants had a winning record for those nine games with Warner at the helm, but realized they needed to play the quarterback who was about to become the next face of the franchise.
They cast aside Warner for Eli Manning and the rest, as they say, is history. The Giants brain trust will be faced with a similar situation this year.
When will it be time to turn the reigns over to the quarterback you selected in the first round of the draft?
There are some similarities between the Warner/Eli decision to give an idea what may occur with Eli and Daniel Jones, but there is one significant difference.
Kurt Warner was not lifetime New York Giant and a two-time Super Bowl MVP for the team.
Warner made his name with the St. Louis Rams and was very easy to push aside for Manning, who was the first overall pick in the draft.
Eli Manning will probably go down as the greatest Giants quarterback ever. He, unlike Warner in 2004, will not be shown the bench if his team is playing to a winning record.
If the Giants are winning, Eli will continue to play. If they’re not, he won’t.
That’s the way it should be.
Daniel Jones may be lighting up the preseason, but it will have no significance on who will be under center Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.
If you’re wondering when it will be time to make the change at quarterback, take a look at the record. If the Giants have a losing record, it will be 2004 all over again.