New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur keeps saying it, but for some reason or another, people just refuse to listen: Eli Manning is the team’s starting quarterback and everyone on the building is on board with that.
“John owns the team, right? We’re on the same page. There is really not much more to say. I think I’ve been saying it all along. I just get a sense once in a while that when I answer those questions nobody believes me. Well you heard it from the owner,” Shurmur told reporters on Friday night.
And no one does believe him. Rather, personal interpretations — interpretations that are quite obviously wrong — continue to be projected onto Shurmur with some going as far as to create this conspiracy theory that Shurmur is being handcuffed into playing Manning.
From the moment he interviewed with the Giants for their then-vacant head coaching position, Shurmur has been on the Eli Manning bandwagon. He remained on that bandwagon in 2018, return to conductors booth here in 2019 and has given Manning literally every single first-team rep since spring.
Still, we somehow find ourselves in this broken record position where a controversial headline is needed and since Shurmur is not playing along, it’s being forced.
Eli Manning is the starting quarterback of the New York Giants and it’s beyond obvious that that’s exactly how Shurmur wants. It’s exactly how co-owner John Mara wants it and it’s exactly how general manager Dave Gettleman wants it. It’s as clear as day for anyone willing to pay attention.
And should the time come where Shurmur wants to make a change at quarterback, that’s his decision alone to make, so says Mara.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be a decision by the head coach as to when and if Daniel ends up playing this year,” Mara said.
The Giants, and especially Shurmur, have made this whole thing crystal clear, but that narrative doesn’t sell. A quarterback competition and a head coach hamstrung by the owner does no matter how far detached from reality it actually is, so that’s what we’re going to be force-fed.
In the end however, Shurmur and Shurmur alone will make the decision to put No. 10 under center in Week 1 and beyond.