1.No more Eli; he’s the man now
It may seem contradictory given that Eli undoubtedly helped with Jones’ growth last season, but Manning being gone allows for not only the organization to move on to a new era, but for Jones to fully take on the role as the leader of the franchise.
Especially with the implementation of a new offense, Jones can work fully with Garrett – understanding it top to bottom and side to side.
Beyond this, when practices begin and training camp kicks off, Jones will walk in day one as QB1, taking all the first-team reps without a longtime two-time Super Bowl champion and all-time great standing 10 feet behind him.
Eli Manning even said it himself when asked about Daniel Jones’ second season:
“I think it will be easier this year for him to kinda step up as that leader. Last year was probably awkward for him, me being there, me being in meeting rooms and just kinda the whole dynamic. Me being gone and hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line.
“I think he’s proven to be tough and works hard, he’s done all the right things, he has gone in with that approach of keeping his head down and not saying more than he has to, working hard and earning the respect from the teammates. Now he can elevate that where now he’s in charge. The questions are coming to him from the coordinator, he’s gonna have to give his voice and his opinion on things.”
Manning hits the nail on the head, with him being gone everything on the offensive side of the ball now runs through Jones. The calls, gameplans, plays – they are all solely tailored to and developed in collaboration with Danny Dimes.
While the Big Blue faithful and the rest of the organization, especially Jones, will miss No. 10 being on the sideline, it’s time for everyone to appreciate the past, but prepare for the future and all that it will entail with Jones leading the way.