On Wednesday at the 2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters and one of the primary topics discussed was the status of quarterback Eli Manning.
As expected, the Giants committed themselves to the two-time Super Bowl MVP for the 2019 season, but implied that this would be the year they’ll likely find his eventual successor and will use the Kansas City model to make the transition.
“I think a young player would greatly benefit from that,” Shurmur said of a young player learning behind Manning. “We all want to learn from somebody that’s done it – players, coaches – and he’s done it at a very high level. So being in a room with him, I think, would only help that player.
“You’re still looking to play the best guy. I’ve been in situations where Sam Bradford started the first game. I was in another situation where Donovan McNabb didn’t start until Week 8; Doug Pederson was the starter. And you’ve seen in Kansas City where Mahomes really didn’t play the first year. So there’s a lot of different models for that.”
The idea behind the Kansas City model isn’t exactly new, but it worked to such perfection in 2018 that everyone in the copycat NFL will now look at it as the definitive go-to plan to develop quarterbacks.
Add Giants co-owner Steve Tisch to the list of people who are fully on board with that approach.
“I would say the Kansas City model is an appropriate ,” Tisch told the New York Daily News this week.
The Giants have the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but may need to trade up in order to land either Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray or Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, which is exactly what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they traded up to select Patrick Mahomes.
Needless to say, if the Kansas City model is what the Giants intent to mirror, the possibility of trading up becomes very real.