Phil Simms knows what Daniel Jones is going through
Former New York Giants’ quarterback Phil Simms can relate to what current starter Daniel Jones is going through after being taken with the 7th overall pick in the 1979 NFL draft and not flourishing right away during his career.
“My favorite thing is listening to TV, reading articles — ‘make or break years.’ And when I say that, it’s like I’ve never seen so many quarterbacks, ‘This is it! Make or break! Gotta do it! Make or break!'” Simms told CBS Sports. “Well what does that mean, Super Bowl? These type of things, it’s crazy.”
Simms made a good point that no matter how the Giants perform as a team, Jones needs to prove that he’s a franchise quarterback.
“If the Giants go 8-9 and Daniel Jones plays well and you can see that he’s the guy, Giants fans will be happy,” Simms said. “But if they go 8-9 and he doesn’t play well, then we’re gonna have that debate. ‘Oh, should they draft a quarterback, should they do this,’ or whatever. So it’s really a fine line there. But I think if he plays well, that will make a lot of people feel good regardless of the record. Now I’m not saying if they go 4-13 that people are gonna say, ‘Well, the quarterback played well, we really feel good about the organization,’ but I think you understand what I’m trying to say.”
Several years ago NFL teams were patient with young quarterbacks but not any longer. If Jones doesn’t get the job done this season the Giants will be in a good position to replace him in 2022.
“Teams were more patient, movement was not anything like it is now, the money was not such a big factor,” said Simms. “But so many good young quarterbacks coming out, it’s easier to make the move and look and see and really know sometimes if the guy coming out that you might draft is just better than your so-called franchise quarterback that you thought you already had. And fans are impatient, the media is very impatient, and that kind of drives it.”
Simms believes that it’s up to Jones to make sure he corrects the mistakes that he’s made over the first two years of his career.
“I feel safe in saying this, he’s got experience, now he’s got to show a little more awareness, be a little more assertive — physically, emotionally, all those things. Just in my opinion,” Simms said.
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