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Plan B for the Giants

Jared Lorenzen, Giants quarterbackYou can’t accuse the New York Giants of not having any offense last week, despite the fact that starting quarterback Eli Manning injured his shoulder.  But at the very least, there is a short-term issue that needs to be addressed:  who replaces Manning next week against the Green Bay Packers?

We already know Manning has a bruised throwing shoulder, which makes it very unlikely that he will play this Sunday in the team’s home opener.  Unless something on the transaction front develops, it looks like reserve QB Jared Lorenzen will be behind center vs. Green Bay.  And depending on the gameplan that Giants head coach Tom Coughlin plans to use, I would expect Lorenzen (assuming he starts on Sunday) to be fairly judicial in his passing attack.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post poses an interesting thought in this QB situation: why not bring in another QB?  While that would make sense in the very short term, it would just muddle what is already a tenuous QB situation. Giants general manager Jerry Reese perhaps squashed those rumors when he told the Post in an e-mail reply,  “Eli is day-to-day.”  He further added, “We think Jared is talented enough to win games, but he has to prove it if he plays.” 

The QB situation gets interesting only because they also have journeyman QB Anthony Wright, who the Giants hoped would beat out Lorenzen for the #2 QB job; unfortunately (depending on who you ask), that didn’t materialize.  From all appearances, I would say that the Giants are for all intents and purposes holding their breath to see what the prognosis is for Manning and his shoulder issue. 

But they also have to keep in mind that they are facing the possibility of going 0-2.  Once a medical prognosis is finally determined, it should make things a bit easier for the Giants’ braintrust as far as Manning and when he will take snaps again.  But here’s the bottom line in all of this – obtaining a free agent QB at this juncture of the season would be short-sighted and ill-advised.

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One Response to “Plan B for the Giants”

  1. mike says:

    Figures, when Eli is looking like Superman on the field, this has to go and happen! Hopefully he’ll play, and if not, JL will be able play just well enough to put up some decent points, and more importantly, the defense begins playing like a Giants defense.

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