Shurmur Declines To Commit To Manning As Giants' Week 3 Starter

Ryan Chatelain
September 16, 2019 - 2:13 pm
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Giants coach Pat Shurmur was noncommital Monday when asked if Eli Manning would remain the team's starting quarterback in Week 3. 

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Talking to reporters, Shurmur only said that Manning has "been our starter so far" and that it's "fair" to have a conversation about replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP with rookie Daniel Jones.

When one reporter pointed out to Shurmur that his comments were sure to stir much debate about a possible QB change, the coach said he understood.

"We're 0-2. There's areas we got to get better, and so we're going to address all areas and try to find ways to put a winning performance on the field," Shurmur said.

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Manning told reporters that Shurmur has not discussed his starting status with him since Sunday's loss to the Bills and that he's preparing for next week's game at Tampa Bay as he normally would.

"We're 0-2 and you're looking for answers," he said. "So I get it. When you draft a guy early and you're not winning games, these (questions) are going to come up. So I've just got to keep working and do whatever my job is."

The Giants are off to their sixth 0-2 start in the past seven years. Manning is 56-of-89 (62.9%) for 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Jones, the sixth overall pick in April's draft, was inserted late into the Giants' season-opening loss to the Cowboys, completing 3 of 4 passes for 17 yards before losing a fumble.