In December, I stopped writing for Big Blue Unbiased, the site I created back in September of 2016, to pursue my career in baseball.
With the (minor league) baseball season over, it’s time for me to get back to writing and talking about New York Giants football on a daily basis.
It’s time to engage again with the unbiased and objective fans who have supported this site for years, as well as the fanboys (I miss them too).
So, before I jump right into the everyday grind of writing, let me get started with those hot topics.
Odell Beckham Jr.
My first thought when Odell was traded was: wow, Eli is still a Giant?
Literally, everyone has been sacrificed as a way to protect Manning’s legacy and find excuses for his poor play over the past half-decade.
Now, that being said, I loved the actual trade and had nothing against the compensation.
- First-round pick (Dexter Lawrence): I was honestly surprised that they were able to get a first-rounder, based on OBJ’s contract, injury history and the circus that he brings. But Lawrence is now a building block who is under contract for at least four seasons with a cap hit no larger than $4.3 million in any year of his deal.
- Jabrill Peppers: as a former first-round pick, the talent is there, and so was the production in 2018. Peppers registered a Pro Football Focus grade of 77.6 which was 17 points higher than his rookie season. And again, he provides the Giants with a cost-efficient option for the next two seasons, potentially three (fifth-year option).
- Third-round pick (Oshane Ximines): to receive a first-rounder, a proven young defender (Peppers) and a third-round pick, I’m not sure what else you’d want? That’s a legitimate package for a team looking to reboot and start over.
Look, there will always be a group of Giants fans who will continue to support OBJ and his talents, but the fact of the matter is that he was the wrong guy for a team looking to rebuild.
- His contract is ridiculous.
- His injury history is scary.
- His constant need for media attention is a big burden on a team that is trying to raise a new crop of young players to adopt a standard of winning football.
This was the right move.
I can’t say I’m surprised that Eli Manning returned for his 16th season with the Giants – he will forever be the golden boy.
But it’s interesting how he was retained at a cap hit of $23.2 million to basically be a placeholder for Daniel Jones.
Most of you know how I feel about Manning – it’s time for him to hang it up. He ranked in the bottom half of the league in just about every major category last season after 2017 and 2016 campaigns where he had his struggles too.
The Giants aren’t set up to win in 2019, so I don’t hate the idea of him being Jones’ mentor, but Manning’s stay as the starter can’t last more than a month for this thing to work the way it should.
If he’s the starter for a prolonged period of time, then I’ll be thoroughly against the decision to bring him back.
In the current age of sports media, everyone wants to be the guy who said: “I told you so!”
Thanks to Twitter, even the average Joe has a platform to keep track of every opinion they’ve ever had.
The sports media is like a cult and they like to get together to choose who will be the next “chosen one” or the next punching bag.
Unfortunately, Daniel Jones has become a punching bag.
And no matter what the kid accomplishes, people will always find a flaw in his game because they don’t want their initial opinion to be wrong: that he’s a bum.
When Jones was drafted, I had no problem with the selection.
He’s a quarterback (the most vital position in the game) and he seems to have every physical and intangible aspect you’d’ want to work with (size, arm strength, agility, class).
As a coach, that’s all you could hope for.
He’s impressed so far, but regular season action will truly judge where his NFL career will head.
With an offensive-minded head coach, a generational running back and some interesting receiving options, Jones has a strong structure around him.
Only time will tell.