While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door on Monday for Daniel Jones to replace Eli Manning as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later, the team's announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning was still shocking to see.
The Eli Manning Era is over, as he will be the backup to Jones in Week 3 on Sunday when the Giants take on the Bucs in Tampa.
But why now? Here are three reasons why the Giants might have chosen this exact moment to make the change...
Once Pat Shurmur opened the door, it was over
While Shurmur went most of the summer without coming out and proclaiming Eli Manning his Week 1 starter -- which kept the Daniel Jones whispers alive -- he was emphatic before Week 1 that Manning was the Giants' guy. And then he reversed course on Manning as the starter two weeks later -- after taking a completely difference stance 12 hours prior.
Once Shurmur admitted the Giants' thinking had changed when it came to who would start in Week 3 and beyond, there was nothing left to do but name Jones the starter.
If Manning had started Week 3, the clamoring for Jones would have started with his first errant pass or first checkdown on 3rd and long. Shurmur knew that, and he opened the door anyway. Now it's been kicked down.
The Bucs have a secondary that should be easy to pick apart
While the Buccaneers are in the top half of the league when it comes to allowing yards through the air (235.5 per game), their secondary seems ripe to be picked apart.
ProFootballFocus had the Bucs' secondary ranked dead least in the NFL coming into the season, and -- with the Giants' offensive line actually providing strong protection so far this season -- Jones should have some opportunities to exploit it.
One potential problem? Sterling Shepard and Cody Latimer (both dealing with concussions) might miss the game, and Golden Tate is out until Week 5 due to his suspension.
The season seems lost, so playing Manning would have been pointless
Teams have come back from 0-2 starts before, like the Giants -- who started 0-2 in 2007 and beat the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The 2019 Giants are not the 2007 Giants. They are a team that has so far been so bad defensively that both of their games so far have been out of reach before the fourth quarter began.
Even if the Giants experience improvement, there is no one who expects them to compete at a level that will allow them to contend for a playoff spot. And if the Giants are not contending for a playoff spot, playing Manning is pointless.
Yes, there'a a risk when it comes to throwing Jones in there as the starter before the Giants' wide receivers are at full strength. And yes, he'll likely need to throw a ton if the Giants' defense continues to put the offense in deep holes.
But with the season seeming lost, the benefit of getting Jones experience for the rest of 2019 outweighs the risk of him potentially struggling -- which most rookie quarterbacks do anyway.