Listening to Francesa subs before, Evan and JJ, talk about the process of Jones replacing Eli this year and comparing it to Eli replacing Kurt Warner. Iíve heard this type of discussion on other sports shows usually by hosts who were pretty young in 2004 when that happened. The basic theme was that the Accorsi and Coughlin showed a lot of courage back then sort of implying that Jones should replace Eli now but wonít because Eli is so beloved.
My question is related to 2004 and what went on. When the Giants got Eli, Accorsi also tried to retain Kerry Collins for a year but Collins rejected the offer. Hereís where I wonder if my memory is on target. I think the team wanted to go with Eli as a starter but because of blowback from the veterans on the team, and Kurt Warner was available, the front office was almost pressured into signing Warner. It came from 2 places. Strahan and Barber and others believed they had a good team and didnít want to ďwasteĒ a year while Eli learned the position. Two, there was so much friction between Coughlin and these veterans given his disciplined which contrasted with Fasselís style. In the end, they signed Warner and he started and the team got off to a good start.
Hereís where Iím fuzzy about the history. I donít think Warner played particularly in the 9 (?) games he started. I think the team played well and the schedule was fairly soft. I think Warner either held the ball in the pocket too long or got rid of it to quickly but something was off. He wasnít all the way back yet as a star QB. The Giants were facing a killer part of the schedule and assumed that they were going to lose maybe all or most of the remains 7 (?) games so they pulled Warner and threw Eli to the wolves. Eli looked horrible and the team lost but Eli came on very strong at the end and looked like he was the QB the hoped he would be.
Does anybody remember that season the way I do? Upfront Iím acknowledging my memory is bad but some things have stayed with me and this is one of them. If true, assuming Eli still, has something left on his fastball, I donít see much of a similarity between 2004 and this year.