When the New York Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones in the 2019 NFL draft, most did not anticipate him learning an entirely new the offense in his second year. After firing former head coach, Pat Shurmur, the Giants installed a new offensive guru in Jason Garrett, who will rely on the running game and tight ends predominantly.
Jones will have to learn a new system after having success with Shurmur’s scheme in year one. However, the potential of the offense was held back by an early-down running game that was predictable for defenses.
While Jones does have to adapt to a new style in 2020, he understands that that is part of the job. Of course, ownership did not want to resort to turning over the entire coaching staff, but it may have been for the best in the long term.
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“It’ll be a challenge, but it’s part of the job,” Jones said of playing in another scheme. “I learned a system this year so we’re doing it again, but it’ll be a challenge and it’s something I need to spend a lot of time making sure I’m working toward and making progress with. But it’s part of the job. I think we’ll all be able to do it, we’ll all attack it the right way and try to pick it up as quickly as we can.”
“I’m just gonna try to work on the things I need to improve,” said Jones, who threw for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns in 13 games (12 starts) as a rookie. “It’s tough to install the offense and learn the offense with the way the rules are and the way that’s set out, but I focus on stuff I need to work on, stuff I need to improve from last year, and kind of go from there. But I’m looking forward to working with them.”
The reality is, Jones has plenty of amazing coaches to learn from in the future. Garrett helped develop both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott, while former New England Patriots’ QB coach Jerry Shuplinski, helped teach Tom Brady, Jacoby Brissett, and Jimmy G.
So far, Jones is happy with the new offensive staff, which was seemingly constructed to maximize his potential.
“I like them a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve met with them a few times and trying to get to know them. But I like them. Coach Judge, he’s very straightforward. He’s what you saw in the press conference. He’s a football guy, a lot of energy, looking forward to working with him. And obviously Coach Garrett is a proven coach in the league. He’s won a lot of football games, coached a lot of great players, so I’m excited to work with him, too.”