Daniel Jones has already established himself as the future quarterback of the New York Giants. While many believe that Eli Manning is the quarterback Jones will be compared to, there is another quarterback Jones will be compared to in order to cement his legacy. Eli is Jones’s predecessor, the other is Jones’s contemporary.
While Ben McAdoo’s reign lasted less than two years as Giants' head coach there was a lot to be left to desire during McAdoo’s tenure. During McAdoo’s time as New York Giants head coach, there was massive upheaval and controversy that was far from the Giants' way. After the decision was made by McAdoo to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith, McAdoo was shown the door.
While there are very few highlights in the McAdoo era there is one great evaluation of talent by McAdoo that did not come to fruition. The one great evaluation by McAdoo leads to one challenge in Jones’s cementing legacy. In the 2017 draft, McAdoo wanted to draft Patrick Mahomes as the replacement for Eli Manning. Even though McAdoo and the New York Giants were unable to draft Mahomes, Mahomes has become a household name.
Being drafted 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 draft and sitting out his first year in the NFL Mahomes is a force to be reckoned with in the NFL as both the Kansas City Chiefs and Mahomes had success in 2018.
In his first season as signal-caller for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, Mahomes had 50 touchdown passes and claimed the NFL MVP Award in 2018. The Chiefs also racked up win after win as the Chiefs were 12-4 and were a win away from the Super Bowl as Kansas City lost to eventual Super Bowl champions New England Patriots.
Mahomes already had most of the requirements in a stellar career in one season, the only missing part of Mahomes' resume is a Super Bowl win.Which is one of the highlights of Eli Manning’s career by hoisting the Lombardi trophy twice.
Eli Manning’s legacy is one that has the highs of leading the New York Giants on two Super Bowl winning drives against the NFL’s model franchise New England Patriots. The negatives can be seen in any meme of Eli Manning looking battered, bruised, or confused if not all three. Eli Manning has not had the personal success and the New York Giants have not had the team success since their last Super Bowl win.
If you combine the regular-season success of Mahomes with the two Super Bowl rings of Eli Manning you have ever football fans desire in a franchise quarterback. And these are the two main competitors Daniel Jones will have in establishing his legacy. The comparison to Eli will be because Eli was the predecessor to Jones while the comparison to Mahomes is because Mahomes is contemporary. Similar to how Peyton Manning was compared to Tom Brady Jones cementing legacy will be compared to Patrick Mahomes.
While Daniel Jones has not even played a full season with the New York Giants as quarterback there will be expectations. In the largest media market in the world, Jones joined a flagship NFL franchise during a low point in New York Giants history. Jones being selected the number 6 pick overall in 2019 to a chorus of boos has to compete with a two time Super Bowl winner and a player that set NFL records for Jones to cement his legacy. Also, it would probably be beneficial if Jones was able to resurrect the Giants to the glory days of competing year in and year out for a Super Bowl title.