Retired New York Giants legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan, loves, respects and appreciates quarterback Eli Manning. He will always appreciate what Manning did for him in 2007, but he also knows the NFL is a business.
Right now, there’s no way to avoid the reality: the Giants need another quarterback and soon because Manning’s time is winding down.
So how would Strahan handle it? The exact same way the Giants did the last time they drafted a franchise quarterback.
“I’d draft Murray and then I’d let him learn from Eli for the year or eight, nine, 10 games,” Strahan said during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. “That’s what we did with Kurt Warner.”
Although he now realizes that was the right move, his opinion was a bit different in 2004.
“I remember when they put in Kurt, we were like, ‘What are they doing? We had a shot with Kurt.’ We have no shot with Eli,” Strahan recalled.
The Giants’ decision to move from Kurt Warner to Eli Manning in-season proved to be the correct call, however. Just three years removed from that quarterback swap, Manning was standing on the Super Bowl podium hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time. And Strahan was right there alongside him.
With a year remaining on Manning’s current contract and the possibility that more years are added as part of a restructure/pay cut, Strahan’s suggested approach is likely the one New York will go with yet again. So expect to see Manning under center in Week 1 of the 2019 season and his rookie counterpart sitting on the bench.