Sam Darnold proved in his NFL debut that he can play quarterback in the NFL but every single time I turn to ESPN or listen or read anything football related, people are jumping out of the window to claim that the Giants made a mistake to pass on Sam Darnold.
What are we doing here?
Again, Darnold had a good game. He also started the game off by throwing one of the most embarrassing looking cross field jump throw interceptions. He looked like he had never played sports before. He clearly bounced back to throw for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Congrats. Fantastic debut.
In 2009, Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to a 24-7 win over the Houston Texans where he threw for 272 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. He is now out of the league at the age of 31. He also was suspended for using steroids. Life is a highway or whatever.
In 2013, Geno Smith led the New York Jets to an 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he threw for 256 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. He’s now in San Diego holding Phillip Rivers’s clipboard on the sidelines.
So what are we doing here?
I get it, we don’t like Eli Manning. There are many people who believe that Eli Manning is average at best. This article isn’t about to be me defending a quarterback who has only thrown for 2+ touchdowns once in his last 8 games.
I also get that most people believe that drafting a running back No. 2 overall in the draft is super high and he’s already overpaid and overvalued. I disrespectfully disagree.
The Giants offensive line is trash, which is definitely going to cause Barkley to have some really bad looking games but there are only a handful of backs in this league that are elusive and crafty enough to overcome Ereck Flowers at right tackle.
Barkley is one of those backs. Without him, the Giants might have rushed for maybe 13 yards against the Jaguars in Week 1 and their defense would’ve feasted on Eli.
The assumption that Darnold is this transcendent franchise quarterback is a bit premature, to say the least. If the Giants drafted him, he wouldn’t even be playing right now and with all the money that Eli and Odell and those players on defense are making, it would be sort of a wasted pick to select a guy who wouldn’t even make an impact on the outcomes of games this season.
But my biggest frustration is this idea that the Giants NEEEEED Sam Darnold as if passing on him dooms the Giants organization for the rest of eternity. Real quick, who is replacing Drew Brees? And Tom Brady? And Ben Roethlisberger? And Phillip Rivers? Oh, fucking no one? Exactly.
Yes, those teams are built better and have a better chance to win this season but we still don’t know who the 2018 Giants are. They played against the Jags, one of the best defenses in the NFL. I can’t extrapolate anything from that. The Giants could go 5-11 or 11-5. Who knows?
But Sam Darnold wasn’t the last quarterback created. There are 130 division I college football teams allll with starting quarterbacks. Every single year. Why are we acting like the Giants can’t simply get a quarterback next year…or the year after?
What are we doing here?
Saquon Barkley is going to be a beast for as long as the Giants are willing to keep him here.[1. He’s a running back and NFL GMs HAAATE giving them money. Barkley could be gone by Week 3.] And when it’s time to bring in Eli’s replacement, that QB is going to be handing the ball off to the best running back in the NFL.
Sam Darnold is going to be fine. Or great. Or bad. But let’s stop acting like he is the last young QB that the Giants could ever get their hands on. I get the feeling that there’s going to be another draft next year.
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