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Giants Now (6/8): Kerry Collins says Jason Garrett will help Daniel Jones 'immensely'


Kerry Collins on Jason Garrett, Daniel Jones potential

It takes one to know one.

In an interview with the New York Post, former Giants quarterback Kerry Collins spoke about offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and how his experience as a player will help the development of second-year pro Daniel Jones.

"For a young guy like Jones, who has obviously shown a lot of ability, Jason is gonna help him immensely, with everything,'' Kerry Collins told The Post. "He's not just gonna be an X's and O's guy, he's gonna talk about that position and what it means to be successful. I'm really excited to see that combination.

"I'm sure Jason is gonna be heavily involved with Daniel's development. I just could not think of a better guy to have with Jones right now. His brains, the kind of guy he is, I think that match will be just absolutely phenomenal.''

As a quarterback, Garrett played in 41 games with nine starts in a career that spanned from 1993-2004. He made all of his starts with the Cowboys from 1993-99. His career totals included 165 completions in 295 attempts for 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Garrett played on two Super Bowl-winning teams in Dallas.

In 2000, Garrett joined the Giants and spent four seasons as a backup, primarily to Kerry Collins. He spent the 2004 season with Tampa Bay and Miami without appearing in a game. Garrett began coaching with the Dolphins the following year.

"First and foremost, just a quality person,'' said Collins, who led the Giants to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV and ranks third in franchise history in completions. "Really high-character guy. One of my favorite people I've ever played with. He put great perspective on life, football, everything. He was able to really separate the two and keep everything in the proper perspective.

"From a personal standpoint, on the field, just a tremendous confidant to have. A guy who had been around, played a bunch, been on some great teams and really was a great sounding board for those kinds of things. He was extremely supportive. That was the thing about Jason. Just unfailingly supportive, a guy you could trust with anything and would help you with anything that was going on.''

Lamar Jackson looking to join rarefied company of Mannings

If at first you don't succeed, try again. If you don't succeed the next time, win a Super Bowl.

According to NFL Research, 31 quarterbacks have gone 0-2 in their first two playoffs starts since 1950 and only brothers Eli and Peyton Manning went on to win a Super Bowl thereafter. As’s Grant Gordon noted, defending NFL MVP Lamar Jackson will try to become the third with the Baltimore Ravens.

"Nonetheless, Peyton Manning went 0-3 across his first three playoff trips and he won two Super Bowls, just like his younger brother Eli, who went 0-2 to begin his postseason days," Gordon wrote. "Going forward, defenses will be looking to catch up to the all-world talent and slow it down as they were routinely inept at doing a season ago. And, as coach John Harbaugh has already pointed out, Baltimore isn't going to sneak up or surprise anybody as it did last year.

"It's difficult to fathom the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player turning in the same unprecedented numbers as he did during his MVP campaign. Then again, Jackson's made a habit out of accomplishments never seen before. And while the Mannings are the only quarterbacks to have won Super Bowls after going 0-2 in their first two playoff starts, five players (all of them quarterbacks) have won a Super Bowl following an MVP campaign.

"The last two were Tom Brady (2017) and Patrick Mahomes (2018), so Jackson has some recent history on his side as he vies for a first playoff win, a Super Bowl and to join the rarefied air that thus far only includes the Mannings."

The best New York athletes to wear every number

From 00 to 99, Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post recently named the best local athletes to wear each jersey number. Numerically, Eli Manning was the first one to come up on his list. The two-time Super Bowl MVP, according to Vaccaro, shares the claim for No. 10 with two-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Clyde Frazier.

"Clyde Frazier had it solo in 2005, but that was two Eli Manning Super Bowls ago," Vaccaro wrote. "Two titles apiece means we get to split this one in half. Who says no?"

Here is a look at other numbers claimed by Giants with some comments from Vaccaro:

  • 11. Phil Simms/Mark Messier (split)
  • 16. Frank Gifford
  • 21. "Paul O'Neill still deserves a share. But nobody has gained more rushing yards in the 95-year history of the Giants than Tiki Barber. He needs to be in the picture, too."
  • 27. Rodney Hampton
  • 40. Joe Morrison
  • 53. Harry Carson
  • 56. Lawrence Taylor
  • 58. Carl Banks
  • 64. Jim Burt
  • 65. Bart Oates
  • 66. "Randy Rasmussen won a Super Bowl with the Jets, and that was good enough for a good long while. But David Diehl won two with the Giants, and so 66 is his now."
  • 69. "Hard to think anyone will protest Rich Seubert taking this one away from Jason Fabini."
  • 70. Sam Huff
  • 72. Osi Umenyiora
  • 75. George Martin
  • 76. Jumbo Elliott
  • 79. Roosevelt Brown
  • 81. "Andy Robustelli's years of faithful service merit him keeping his left hand on this number, but another Giant, Amani Toomer, gets to keep his right hand on it."
  • 87. Howard Cross
  • 89. Mark Bavaro
  • 90. Jason Pierre-Paul
  • 92. Michael Strahan
  • 98. Jessie Armstead

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