Giants’ QB Jake Fromm must start against Eagles after unwatchable third straight Mike Glennon loss

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  • Mike Glennon
    Mike Glennon
    American football quarterback
  • Jake Fromm
    Jake Fromm
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  • Daniel Jones
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Jake Fromm has to make his first NFL start next Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants’ futility always goes back to personnel. Head coach Joe Judge cannot let Mike Glennon play another down.

Glennon has been a pathetic excuse for a starting quarterback the last three weeks, at his worst in Sunday’s unwatchable three-interception debacle and 21-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

“You’re not going to win a lot of games in this league with four turnovers,” coach Judge said of an offense that finished with five giveaways, including a Saquon Barkley fumble and turnover on downs. “We got to a point in the game where I wanted to see what Jake could do, point blank. That will obviously open up a conversation about what we’re going to do this week.”

Don’t blame Glennon for playing so badly that he got benched for Fromm’s NFL debut, though.

Glennon has a 6-24 (.200) career record as a starter, the lowest winning percentage among all active NFL quarterbacks. He has always been a backup and a losing quarterback.

Blame the people who signed him believing he somehow could win a game for the Giants (4-10) if Daniel Jones missed time.

Blame them because there was obviously a good chance Jones would miss time in his third year, given that he missed time due to injury in his first two.

GM Dave Gettleman, Judge, ownership: what was anyone thinking by signing Glennon? The only reasonable explanation would be that he wasn’t a threat to take Jones’ job away.

Backup QBs have won games for all three of the Giants’ NFC East rivals. Cowboys backup Cooper Rush and Eagles backup Gardner Minshew both are 1-0 as starters this season. Washington backup Taylor Heinicke is 6-6.

Colt McCoy is 2-1 starting for the Arizona Cardinals after the Giants let McCoy walk into free agency despite serviceable contributions in 2020, including a huge road win in Seattle.

Granted, all of those teams have better supporting casts, too.

Barkley’s first career lost fumble late in the first half continued his spiral into irrelevance. Barkley also was one of at least three Giants skill players with a dropped pass.

Right guard Will Hernandez got smoked by DeMarcus Lawrence to force Glennon’s first pick fluttering into the air. Matt Peart false-started to rob the offense of a late fourth-down try.

“Everyone’s upset that we lost,” Barkley said.

Still, capable NFL front offices don’t put their team in the position where it is counting on a quarterback like Glennon to win games, against first-place Dallas (10-4) no less.

“A couple of kind of dumb decisions on my end forcing the ball that were not good decisions,” Glennon said of his two second-half interceptions.

Ex-offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has to be watching this nodding his head. It doesn’t matter who is coaching this offense right now with personnel like this.

The Giants somehow aren’t officially eliminated from playoff contention yet, but they will be soon. And they clearly need a quarterback other than Glennon to play Sunday against the Eagles.

Jones (neck strain) likely will not play again this season and might be officially shut down soon.

“I had something, anything spinal or neck, that’s something that’s going to affect your life long-term if you keep messing with that,” said defensive tackle Leonard Williams, who gutted out Sunday’s game through a triceps injury. “It’s more than just football, you’ve got to think about your life at that point… I would definitely take my time coming back with something like that.”

Glennon completed 13 of 24 passes for just 99 yards, his three interceptions and a 24.8 quarterback rating on Sunday. He looked even worse compared to Fromm, who entered with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter and nearly matched Glennon’s passing yards in a single drive.

Fromm completed six of 12 passes for 82 yards on his only drive of the game that ended with an incompletion and turnover on downs in the red zone.

“I got to complete a childhood dream and got to play in an NFL game,” said Fromm, 23, who was fourth on the Buffalo Bills’ QB depth chart, toiling on their practice squad, when the Giants signed him on Dec. 1.

Sterling Shepard didn’t make his first catch of the game until he caught Fromm’s first NFL pass for an eight-yard gain. Shepard then tore his left Achilles tendon later in the drive, adding insult to an afternoon that was already difficult to stomach.

Kenny Golladay and Shepard had no catches on three combined targets at the end of the third quarter, and both players were quickly back to their sideline after watching turnover after penalty after turnover without seeing the ball.

Judge had made several comments in the last two weeks that implied Fromm was nowhere close to being ready to play. The fact that he gave him a drive on Sunday reflects how fed-up the coach was with watching Glennon.

Pat Graham’s shorthanded defense had held the Cowboys’ offense to three field goals. Dallas scored both of its touchdowns on short fields off Giants turnovers. Kicker Greg Zuerlein even missed two extra points. And none of it mattered.

The defense is resigned to the painful truth that it has to play perfectly if they want a victory.

“We know we are a defensive team,” Williams said. “We know we have to dominate on defense to win games.”

Thanks to offensive quality control coach Nick Williams and quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, at least, Fromm looked competent shoveling sidearm completions to four different receivers in his pro debut.

The FOX broadcast reported Fromm knows 60% of the Giants’ playbook, too.

So roll him out there at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Because let’s face it: it can’t look any worse than Glennon’s offense did on Sunday.

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