When a coach is directly asked about a player’s future, he sometimes feels no choice but to dance around the truth with lip service. Take what 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said about quarterback Jimmy Garappolo as an example of creating wiggle room: “I do believe Jimmy’s going to be our quarterback next year.”
That’s different than Giants coach Joe Judge’s unprompted vote of confidence for quarterback Daniel Jones, which was voluntarily slipped into an answer to a question Monday about offensive line penalties. Judge pointed to Jones’ ball security and decision-making as reasons he is a “key piece” to the future.
“You always want to know about ‘Is Daniel our guy? Are we going forward with Daniel?’ The answer is absolutely,” Judge said.
“What gives us that confidence is even in games like [Sunday] where it didn’t come out perfectly … you watch the tape and you see that guy in there operating, executing, understanding the pressure — and not just standing in there with courage like he’s done all along and taking a hit, but understanding how to take the hit and deliver an accurate pass and move the sticks down the field.”