LISTEN: Phil Simms Says Daniel Jones Fumbling Problems Can Be Fixed

Giants Rookie Quarterback Has 18 Turnovers This Season

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
November 27, 2019 - 3:46 pm

The Giants are a disappointing 2-9 on the season, but fans remain invested, hoping to see their young quarterback Daniel Jones show progress. After winning his first two starts, the losses have piled up quickly, dropping seven games in a row.

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Passing stats have been impressive for Jones at times during his rookie season, but turnovers continue to be a glaring hole in his game. Twice this season we’ve watched the Giants first year quarterback throw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns, but his productivity has often been overshadowed by an inability to protect the football.

Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms weighed in on Jones’ progression, joining Maggie Gray and Evan Roberts who filled in for Bart Scott Wednesday on WFAN.

“A lot of things have disappointed me about the New York Giants’ season this year, one of them is definitely not the quarterback,” Simms said. Of the many things that have disappointed Simms about the Giants this season, sophomore running back Saquon Barkley topped the list.

Turnovers continue to be a concern for the Giants young quarterback, but Simms believes his fumbling issue can be corrected, calling Jones a silver lining for Big Blue.

“I know he’s fumbled a lot, but that we can fix. We can fix how to make him get rid of the ball a little quicker and quit trying to make the play so perfect. But you can’t give him a quick release, you can't give him the size, you can't give him the speed he has, and he has a good arm. Those things we know we have, now we just have to keep him from fumbling the football.”

There was hope Jones would return from the Giants’ bye week having improved on his major flaw, but the Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack had other ideas this past Sunday.

It was the 14th fumble and 18th turnover for the Giants' quarterback, who’s started nine games for Big Blue this year. 10 of those 14 fumbles by Jones have been recovered by the opposition.

“He’s going to be much better next year, he’s going to be more spontaneous,” Simms said of the rookie quarterback, adding that Jones should use his legs more to help the offensive line and slow the rush. The key for Jones, according to Simms is knowing when to give up on a play.

When asked if Pat Shurmur is the right head coach for the Giants and their rookie quarterback, Simms said it would be a mistake to make a change at the end of the season.

Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium.
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Simms did note with a chuckle, that even if he thought Shurmur wasn’t a good head coach, he “wouldn’t say it.”

“If the Giants make a change at coach, even if they don’t win another game this year I think it would be a huge mistake," Simms said. "For no other reason than the quarterback. The quarterback has done enough, they’ve handled him well enough where we can see that he can get this done if given the chance.”

After going 5-11 last season, and a 2-9 record this year, Shurmur has been rumored to be on the hot seat. If Shurmur’s going to save his job and return to the Giants’ sideline for a third season, he’s going to need to do what Simms says is fixable and help Daniel Jones correct his fumbling problem.

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