Giants drafting of Webb puts Eli on the clock… or does it?
In the third round of This weekend's NFL draft the New York Giants selected quarterback Davis Webb out of California. Will he be the successor to Eli Manning who has three years left on his contract? Possibly, if Webb lives up to the hype but history has shown it doesn't always successfully work out that way.
In 1992, the Giants drafted quarterback Dave Brown. He was born in Summit and graduated Westfield High School before going to Duke where he had a career good enough for Big Blue to take him with the top overall selection in the 1992 supplemental draft.
The Giants at the time were in a state of transition. They had won the Super Bowl in 1990, then head coach Bill Parcells retired and running back's coach Ray Handley was given the job. Handley chose quarterback Jeff Hostetler to be his starting quarterback over Phil Simms and the Giants go 8-8 then 6-10 for the next two years.
In 1993, Handley is replaced by head coach Dan Reeves who returns Phil Simms to starting quarterback and the team goes 11-5, beats Minnesota in the playoffs before losing to San Francisco 44-3. After that game Lawerence Taylor retired and in June, Phil Simms , who also made the Pro Bowl was released.
Part of the reason for Simms release as was explained to me by an ex NFL player was that with Brown under contract already for two years, they had to see what they had before they lose him and you couldn't do that with Simms on the bench watching like he did with Hostetler in 1991. That wouldn't be fair to Brown.
So Dave Brown leads the Giants to a 9-7 record in 1994 closing out the season with a 6 game winning streak,then the next 2 seasons, the Giants win a combined 11 games. We'll never know what Simms could have done with those years after leaving on such a high note. But with Brown's contract was nearing an end.
Every head coach wants his own quarterback, and Giants head coach Ben McAdoo who coached both Aaron Rodgers and Eli inherited both of them. This year along with Davis Webb and newly acquired Geno Smith he will get his chance to work with guys he chose.
It's going to be interesting to see how this "transition" plays out, especially since Manning has never missed a game and is showing no signs of slowing down. At least nothing that some decent blocking wouldn't fix.
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