Steve Tisch

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch discusses how the “Kansas City model” is an appropriate way to approach the quarterback situation. 

Last Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch spoke with Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

At one point, the conversation shifted toward what Big Blue should do with their quarterback situation. Giants HC Pat Shurmur mentioned last Wednesday at the combine that he expects QB Eli Manning to be back in 2019.

However, there remains the lingering possibility that the Giants draft a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft.

“I would say the Kansas City model is an appropriate reference,” Tisch told Leonard.

The “Kansas City model” would, of course, refer to how the Kansas City Chiefs developed QB Patrick Mahomes.

Drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes sat behind QB Alex Smith for a year and learned the system. Then when the 2018 season rolled around, Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. This paved the way for Mahomes to become the Chiefs’ new starting quarterback and eventually win NFL MVP honors.

Now, as the 2019 NFL Draft is rolling around, the Giants could follow that method as well.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Manning will be the starting quarterback in 2019. Looking at their options, Eli simply gives the Giants the best chance to win football games. However, there are also numerous quarterbacks the Giants can take in the first round and thus start the process.

The Giants have the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and could be the first team to select a quarterback. All five teams ahead of them (Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers) seem to already have long-term plans in place at the quarterback position.

Looking at the prospects, the Giants have a number of options (if they’re available). They could take a look at Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, as well as Duke QB Daniel Jones.

If they’re going to go with any plan at quarterback, the “Kansas City model” would seem fit. Eli is obviously a very experienced veteran. He could help give whomever they potentially draft the tools to become the New York Giants quarterback for the future.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.