Giants quarterback Daniel Jones took a beating on Sunday against the Cowboys. Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

With the obvious exceptions of the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, it’s unlikely that anyone who watched Sunday night’s game would say it was anything but a dud. It’s also unlikely that anyone had less fun than New York Giants quarterback, Daniel Jones.

Quarterbacks generally don’t have good games when their team loses 40-0. Jones was no exception. He completed just over half of his passes, going 15-for-28 while passing for 104 yards. He also threw two interceptions.

More than his poor stats, Jones took an absolute beating. He was sacked seven times. The Cowboys recorded 12 hits on the night. Despite that, Jones remained in the game until the final possession, when coach Brian Daboll finally sent backup Tyrod Taylor out to run out the final 1:10.

And Dallas wasn’t exactly letting its foot off of the gas. The hits, quite literally, kept coming.

For anyone who maybe didn’t see the entire game, let’s be clear, this was not a game that was relatively close and got out of hand. The Cowboys led 16-0 after the first quarter, 26-0 at halftime and 33-0 after three quarters. To the extent that this game ever had a competitive portion, it was over long before the fourth quarter.

And that left a lot of people with one rather obvious question. Why was Jones allowed to stay in the game?

When the game was over, both Jones and coach Daboll said that there wasn’t even a consideration given to taking the quarterback out earlier.

Daboll’s first year as head coach of the Giants went as could be expected. The Giants vastly exceeded expectations, helping Daboll earn the Coach of the Year Award as he quickly earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s best coaches.

We certainly can’t say that Sunday night changes all of that. But even if Jones wanted to stay in the game, the coach needs to be the one looking after his starting quarterback. He could have done a better job doing that on Sunday night.

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