Eli Manning will be the starting quarterback for the Giants this week.
After that, well, who knows.
It could even be 30-year-old journeyman Alex Tanney.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was adamant in a testy exchange with reporters on Monday that he plans to play the players who give him the best chance to win the game, but when pressed on evaluating the long-term future of the Giants, he scoffed at the idea of shifting immediately to rookie Kyle Lauletta over Tanney.
“Why are you jumping over Tanney?” Shurmur said. “I think you try to win each game and as we go forward here, you make your decision based on winning the game. You base your decision on putting a team on the field that gives you the best chance to win the game. I get that. As a coach I stay in the moment. We certainly have conversations as to what runs parallel — the short-term and the long-term.”
But Tanney, who has appeared in just one game since entering the NFL in 2012, is on a one-year deal while Lauletta was the Giants’ fourth-round pick — a much greater investment for the team’s future.
“At some point, regardless of the pick, unless you’re a top-four quarterback who cares where you’re picked? He’s a Giant, right?” Shurmur said. “If you’re third in your class are we worried about the other two?”
When asked, Shurmur wouldn’t rule out Lauletta as a long-term option.
“Who knows?” he said. “I think that’s where you’re getting bogged down here.”
Whether or not there would be a scenario in which Tanney gets the nod over Lauletta, Shurmur replied, “if we feel like he gives us the best chance to win.”
However, the guy who gives the Giants the best chance to win right now is Manning and Shurmur was clear about that, too.
“You go into every week to give your team the best opportunity to win the football game,” he said. “This isn’t player tryouts. You do everythying in your power to win the next game.”