Giants push Daniel Jones to be more aggressive and less reckless

Let’s start by dismissing the absurd: No one is going to Daniel Jones to throw an interception while training the Giants.

But there are some circumstances in which an objection will be observed that is more than it appears.

“I tell him to try to fit in really strong throws in there,” coach Brian Dabol said. “Are you throwing some shots in practice? No sweat. That’s why we’re doing it — to see what we can do and what we can’t.”

Imagine if Kim Kardashian became too private or Kevin Hart became too serious. This kind of extreme over-correction is similar to what happened with Jones, who has been scrolling in the head from every angle that his promising rookie season under coach/player Pat Shurmore was tainted by disregard for ball safety.

While Jones’ annual percentage of interceptions per pass attempt (2.6 to 2.2 to 1.9), his moves per 17 plays (24.8 to 12.1 to 10.8) and his percentage of Turnover-Worthy plays (5.5 to 3.1 to 2.7) are all over three years. of his career, as well as his aggressiveness.

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Jones has made a tight window throw (when the defender is within a yard at the time of completion or non-completion) 22.4 percent of the time as a beginner, compared to 17.6 percent in 2020 and 18 percent in 2021, according to NextGenStats. He made a big throw — a Pro Football Focus contrasted with Turnover-Worthy Play — in just 1.8 percent of his 2021 attempts, down from 4.1 and 5 percent earlier in this run.

“The facts were that we were flipping the ball a lot, and I was flipping the ball a lot,” Jones said. “As a midfielder, you have to be able to do both – be aggressive, shoot the ball and protect the ball as well. Find the balance there. And the best players can do that.”

Daboll’s Bills crimes certainly found the middle ground.


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“I don’t think it’s such a big, overarching mindset that you apply aimlessly in every game,” Jones said.

The Giants have had the lowest 30-point output (nine) in the NFL over the past six seasons. Eight occurred under Shumurmur, including a three-back by Jones, whose top-rated one-game passing performance was a rookie.

The messages are now similar to then. The famous phrase in Psychics coach Shea Tierney’s conference room is “Be aggressive, don’t be reckless.”

“I like that mentality for him,” Tierney said. “That’s what we’re trying to emphasize when we start here. If the throw is there, we take it. He did a good job with that. I saw [last Thursday] He threw a couple on the field, and that’s what we want.”

Sure enough, when Aman Julian Love intercepted one of those passes, no one seemed to be disappointed.

“If he gets a shot at the correct reading, let it go,” Daboll said. “There will be things that happen in every game. The defense will do a good job. There may be an inverted ball. We will have to do a good job taking care of the football, but I want him to screw it up.”

Jones hasn’t been working in a vacuum for the past two seasons.

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Despite his stated desire to do otherwise, former coach Joe Judge managed conservatively, playing with solid defense and background on special teams. Playing call went into former offensive coordinator Jason Jarrett safely, especially in the third and longest pillars.

“I think it has improved [ball security] Significantly since his rookie year,” Tierney said. “We will always emphasize that this is the most important thing. Regardless of whether he has a spin or not, we’ll say so.”

The Giants’ offensive streak afforded less time to throw than Jones had when he was a rookie – 2.76 and 2.78 seconds, which ranked No. 19 in 2020 and No. 20 in 2021, respectively. Golden Tate, Darius Slayton and Kenny Golladay have ranked among the 12 lowest receivers in the quarterback yards in one season or another, according to NextGenStats.

Aggression only works if the ban continues and the receivers are playing.

“We’re kind of letting the recipients know we’re going to give you every opportunity to play the plays, and we’re counting on you to play the situations,” Jones said. “This is a mentality [Daboll] He must attack an advanced defense. As the midfielder, the decision maker, you are a huge part of that. That’s something we’ve talked about a lot, and it’s something he wants to see in practice.”

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