New York Giants: David Cutcliffe breaks down why Jason Garrett and Daniel Jones are a perfect fit

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Is New York Giants’ Daniel Jones ready to take a big step forward in 2020?

There’s nothing more problematic for a quarterback then having to switch offensive playbooks and adapting to a new head coach in year two as an NFL player. Daniel Jones is already being sent through the wringer with the firing of Pat Shurmur after the 2019 season. Luckily for him, the New York Giants brought in two capable coaches in Joe Judge and Jason Garrett. Garrett has worked with plenty of quality quarterbacks over the years, including Tony Romo and Dak Prescott most recently.

In his rookie campaign, Jones posted 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and fumbled the ball 18 times, losing 11 of them. Overall, his turnover ratio was quite poor and must improve on his ball security. Pocket awareness is an essential part of being a quality quarterback, and Jones’ former head coach David Cutcliffe, stated that Jones should see a significant improvement in year two.

However, his biggest elevation should be from Garrett himself, who brings immense knowledge and an analytical perspective to the game.

“I know Jason a little bit. I think the world of him,” Cutcliffe said, via the New York Post. “He’ll do a great job with Daniel. I think Jason and Daniel are kinda similar people, really smart, analytical people. I think they’re gonna be a good pair.

“I sat with Jason and [Tony] Romo before, and talked football, and I saw his approach to coaching Tony Romo and the relationship they had. That’s why I’m making the assumption that I’ll see a similar relationship between Jason and Daniel.”

“Trust me, he’s working 10 hours a day on his own mastering this,” Cutcliffe said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody more eager. … He’s every bit the worker that Peyton and Eli were their entire careers.

“I think he’s really starting to understand what they’re expecting or what they want to do offensively, and that’ll help him be successful in this transition.”

“He certainly knows what lies in front of him. I do like the fact that he’s been very positive in conversation about the intensity of the meetings with the new staff, the accountability. He feels really good about that.”

Clearly, Judge is bringing a different level of discipline to the team, something required to establish a winning culture. Jones seems to thrive in that setting and should benefit from the change in leadership.

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