“So Josh what do you think, are you going #1 or am I? Would you really want to go to Cleveland anyway, they just went 0-16 this past season! Dude, how about the Giants? I’m pretty sure they have a starting quarterback who’s had some success in the league, but it sure would be cool to be the king of New York, right?”
This fictitious conversation is one that I made up to fit the feature photo of USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen embracing. However, I don’t think it is all that far-fetched either. Within a half-hour of each other on Wednesday night, Darnold and Rosen declared for the NFL draft, meaning either QB will be on the board when the Giants select #2. I find it apropos that big blue will choose number two, because that is an accurate description of the product they put out on the field this past season, not to mention the locker room.
Photo: NY Post
The last time the Giants picked second in the draft, they struck gold! The choice was Lawrence Taylor, and we all know how great he turned out (on the field that is). So who will it be this time around? Well, no one player is going to fix the giant mess that the Giants have become. They need help at many positions, most notably offensive line, running back, linebacker, and defensive line. However, the top of the draft is usually where “franchise quarterbacks” are found; and this year, conventional wisdom is that there are at least two such signal callers. With a 37-year-old quarterback clearly on the downside of his career, and a lottery ticket in his hot little hand, does the G-men’s newly minted general manager, Dave Gettleman grab one?
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My impression, after listening to his recent interview on the Afternoon Drive with Chris, Maggie, and Bart (Mike Francesca’s old haunt on WFAN), is YES! When asked about Eli Manning and his future with the team, Gettleman said he needs A LOT of time to watch film of #10, and that:
“When I finish my film work, that’s when I’ll know which direction to go. In the end it comes down to the film and what goes on between the white lines. This takes time, and you have to be objective, it is not personal. At the end of the day, every decision has to be made on what is best for the New York Football Giants.”
So I ask you diehard Giants fans, what type of player do you think he will find on the tape–one worth building around to take another shot at a Super Bowl trophy or one that warrants the selection of his successor?
When asked if how Big Blue’s fan base reacted to Eli’s benching would have an effect on his decision of selecting a young quarterback to replace him next year or the following should he be back for an encore, the answer was no. Mark it down Giants fans, he will not be swayed by public sentiment. Over and over Dave Gettleman has said that this is a “big boy” league. Well, it only seems fair that his first big decision as the man in charge is a “big boy” one.
As for how he feels about making it and many other tough ones, he said, “I’m so excited I can’t see straight!” Let’s hope he focuses long enough and has the conviction to draft the guy he wants as long as he is still on the board.
And that is MY 2 Sense for Week 1 of 2018.
Feature photo: NY Post