Eli Manning wants to reinvent himself this season

AP

Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions last season, the most in his career and the most any NFL player had thrown in any season in the last eight years. But Manning thinks things will change this year.

At the first day of the Giants’ offseason workouts, Manning said this season will provide himself and his teammates with an opportunity to show that last year’s 7-9 record doesn’t define who they are.

“This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself and to come back and change what occurred last year, some of the difficulties, and bounce back and have a clean slate, prove yourself again and play at a high level,” Manning said.

Manning is recovering from ankle surgery and not able to work out with his teammates, so he’ll get a late start on reinventing himself. The Giants need him to get healthy, and to play a whole lot better than he did last year.

109 responses to “Eli Manning wants to reinvent himself this season

  1. Interesting to see if the Giants invest a high draft pick on a QB. They also picked up Josh Freeman, who looked good 2 – 3 years ago.
    Good to hear that Eli has fully reinvented himself and the team expects him to bounce back, but they may look at alternatives if the reinvention doesn’t significantly reduce the number of interceptions.

  2. Like the jet fans got something to cheer about.Our de is way better and sexy rexy cant win a pee wee football game even if suited up and played tackle. ha ha ha ha

  3. nygmann says:
    Apr 23, 2014 9:22 AM
    The over/under for the amount of bashing Eli Manning will get, from Pro Football Talk, with the interceptions and more is 20.
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    So, do you think we should ignore the fact that Eli is color blind? Why should Eli be immune to being bashed? If any other QB played like him, would they not have earned the right to be bashed?

    Your zip code doesn’t make you special.

  4. Eli Manning will be a man on a mission all season. When the doubters are out in full force, Eli always makes sure to silence them.

    2014 – Eli leads the Giants to 11-5 and NFC East title.

  5. Both years Eli won the Super Bowl, his defense did not allow more than 20 points (to the Packers, twice).

    Yet Eli has 3 years with above 20 interceptions. His completion percentage the past two years is below 60%. He has played in 153 games and thrown 171 interceptions. The Giants have missed the playoffs four of the last five years.

    Why does this guy continue to get a free pass?

  6. He can start by getting Ebron from the draft. If you think about it, when Eli lost his TE’s, his game deteriorated too. He needs a TE. Most QB’s do.

  7. The problem is he has one good year ,one bad one then wins a superbowl has a bad year again,then won another superbowl.This year is going to be a good one.New o cord. New blood.Gilbride s o was terrible in the end and Jernigans is the real deal.Giant fans will see that we have another weapon to use.

  8. Two SBs and two SB MVPs.

    Lots of you bashers could only hope your QB was this bad.

    The rest of you aren’t bright.

  9. One amazing thing that the Giants did last year was have a camera shot of Eli and Coughlin both swinging their fist in disgust in complete synchronization. I have never seen that before.

  10. Eli has averaged 22 TDs and 17 interceptions per year over a 10 year period. This is not elite by any means.

    #gutterorganization

  11. Yeah but who is he going to throw to?

    Cruz disappears in games which he is double covered. Unless you’re Brandon Boykin then you can single cover him no sweat. 4 games Boykin has been guarding him in the slot Cruz has 295 yards and 2 TD’s. #boyking

    But in all seriousness Eli has been the problem there for far too long. He had the benefit of a stellar defense in his two superbowl wins, plus the miracle pass to Tyree would be called “In the Grass” 99.9% of the time and would have been a sack # Gameover

  12. billco6192013 says:
    Apr 23, 2014 9:25 AM
    Quick plays and slants and screens.Dont hold the ball.work on a 3 secondc release.

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    I think you mean 3 step drop. 3 second release about Eli’s average, which is slower than the league average.

  13. chaseutley says:
    Apr 23, 2014 9:27 AM
    The Giants went 7-9 despite Eli throwing 27 INTs. At what point do they decide that he is the problem?

    when the Giants decide his value of winning two superbowls has diminished

  14. Most overrated QB in history – Eli Manning or Brett Farve?

    Up = Manning
    Down = Farve

    Vote now!

  15. imagine if Peyton Manning was allowed to tap himself out in the playoffs and let Eli take over…

  16. mazenblue says:
    Apr 23, 2014 9:40 AM
    “Your zip code doesn’t make you special.”

    Say what!?!? You have area code in your name.

    qdog112
    ********************
    Try again. That’s not my area code, and if it were, I would be asking for a pass after throwing so many INTs. It wouldn’t make me exempt from criticism.

    Eli is quadruple garbage and yo know it.

  17. Eli wants his ankle to heal. Judging by how much he’s taken from the jesus-christ-there’s-no-way-he’s-actually-that-good well, I’m guessing he’ll be close to washed up this year.

    Shame about Peyton, though.

  18. Eli’s Super Bowl performances were average. It was the giants D that won those games.

    Giants fans I’m sure will be donating their Manning jerseys to goodwill in the next few years.

  19. The haters who bash Eli always sound kinda nervous. It’s funny. The a Giants fans who bash Eli, though, are simply clueless.

  20. Getting Kevin Gilbride, and his stale, predictable schemes and offense out of the building will cut the interceptions in half. Coach McAdoo is going to have a scheme which will maximize Eli’s strengths (Good Arm, Good Play calling at the line) and will be more receiver friendly than Gilbride’s awful chuck and duck.

    The GIANTS are getting the o-line fixed this year. If it gets fully fixed, watch out, Eli will have a bounce back year and the GIANTS will be a 10 to 11 win team and make the playoffs.

    The Defense will be good, if that O-Line gets straightened out, Mark my Words, Eli and the GIANTS get back to form in 2014.

  21. From thegronk87: “Eli’s Super Bowl performances were average. It was the giants D that won those games.

    Giants fans I’m sure will be donating their Manning jerseys to goodwill in the next few years.”
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    I’m not sure if Pats fans realize this, but there is absolutely nothing funnier than Patriots fans trying to trash talk Eli Manning.
    19-0 T-shirts are a big fashion statement in Ecuador.

  22. The giants don’t need Ebron. They need line help. Games are won on the lines not by Jimmy Graham 2.0. The Giants always do well with average TE that can catch and block. They have signed only 1 caliber starting offensive linemen. They need to draft another in the first round.

  23. I just don’t think he’s very bright. Easy to confuse, easy to bait, throws it when he shouldn’t because he’s conditioned to having a WR bail him out. Basically Romo but with marginally better luck.

  24. eli mannings 2o11 playoff run carried the giants on his back with an average oline at best and their D wasnt even close to what they were in 07. eli struggled this year because of horrendous oline play and injuries all over the offense. stats show hes not is brother and never will be but id take him to win a big game over peyton any day

  25. Most overrated player i have ever seen in my 33 years. The guy is just not good. I have said for years now if the Giants had a good qb during the period they had that Dline going they should have been a dynasty and i hate the giants. Eli manning since day one has been overrated.

    In fact he sucks.

  26. I think you guys took some liberties with the headline here. I sure read the “yourself” as Eli discussing third person. He didn’t say “myself”, he said “yourself”.

  27. Stellar defense…. You mean the defense that in both Superbowls didn’t have the lead going into the final minutes of the 4th quarter, and Eli TOOK IT BACK and won those games?

    That stellar defense?

    The defense that gave up lead after lead, which made Eli have the most 4th quarter comebacks in NFL history? That stellar defense, right?

    Eli had no offensive line, no running game, no TE, and a start WR that disappeared.

    Giants fans, listen to the jealousy on this thread and smile. It means Eli did something right and they can’t stand it….

  28. Per Rotoworld:

    New OC Ben McAdoo has been handed complete control of the Giants offense.

    McAdoo is installing a West Coast scheme very similar to the one he learned and ran in Green Bay. It means a lot more quick-hitting, timing routes and less of the read-react, vertical stuff Kevin Gilbride preferred. The system change is good news for Rueben Randle, who has gobs of natural talent but has often struggled to get on the same page with Eli Manning. McAdoo’s scheme features defined routes.

  29. He threw more int than Matt Schaub but still went 7-9 and was never pulled. He is lucky to have a coach who trusts him no matter how bad his slump is. I think from time to time QBs tend to have the year where they stare down their targets too much, try for the homerun shot, and forget the checkdowns. I believe him and Matt Schaub will have complete turnaround seasons in 2014.

  30. Eli never was the “elite” qb, he is a well above average qb with good smarts who plays in a system designed around decent qb protection and being able to trust receivers. When the qb’s compensation causes a budgetary degrading of the ol while receivers are looking beyond their current team the system breaks down.

  31. thegronk87 says:Apr 23, 2014 10:12 AM

    Eli’s Super Bowl performances were average. It was the giants D that won those games.

    Giants fans I’m sure will be donating their Manning jerseys to goodwill in the next few years.

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    Then that means Tom Brady’s Superbowl performances were below average.. He won by less than 4 points, so you CAN’T talk about Brady being above average in his wins.. Factor in that he knew what the defense was doing due to cheating, and you have yourself a below average post season QB.

    Eli doesn’t lose to the Jets either.

    Good talk.

  32. We had some of the worst ranked defenses to ever win a sb and had the last ranked run game in 2011. Google is a wonderful thing.

    Keep on hatin’ while we continue collecting Lombardis. Your jealously and hatred fuels us…. Haven’t you learned…TWICE.

    Cheers… Especially to that self loathing pat fan.

  33. Wow. These Eli Manning haters always sound like my jealous cousins. Coincidence? Probably not. Btw, anyone who thinks Eli Manning isn’t that smart, isn’t smart. Dude has one of the highest IQs in any field. Problem is his GM can’t figure out how to get NFL calibre Olinemen on the roster. It’s pretty obvious to anyone watching the Gints the last two seasons.

  34. Keep bashing Eli fools.

    Eli Manning has led five game-winning drives in the playoffs, which ties him with Montana for third place all-time.

    Eli also has four fourth-quarter comebacks in the playoffs, good for second all-time.

    Eli Manning owns an 8-3 playoff record, for the same winning percentage as Brady. He is also 2-0 in the Super Bowl, besting Brady both times and doing so with late-game touchdown drives.

    If your team was down by four points late in the fourth quarter, who else would you rather have under center?

    I’ll take Eli Manning & for all the jealous Eli bashers, you prove with every post your football ignorance. Especially Gronk87!!

  35. This guy has won twice. And now he says it’s time to re-invent. Much as I hate to say this, the Giants are lucky to have this kid, that’s big time.

    I think Philly is going to better, and the Redskins won’t. Dallas wil be 8-8.

    Two team race.

  36. chaseutley says:
    Apr 23, 2014 9:27 AM
    The Giants went 7-9 despite Eli throwing 27 INTs. At what point do they decide that he is the problem?
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    Probably when a 3 time SB champion becomes available to replace him with. I’d take him on my team.

  37. It is a positive for your organization when a 7-9 season is unacceptable. There are teams that would love to be 7-9 in a down year.

    Eli will be fine. He throws some head-scratchers, but the stats don’t tell the full story. Bad routes, tipped balls and poor blocking really elevated his INT numbers.

    Remember this team went 7-3 down the stretch after starting 0-6. They were already trending in the right direction.

  38. Couldn’t have said it better, monkeyman. Comments posted on Giants/Elis articles on this website are hilarious. Like a high school freshman who can’t get a date with the senior prom queen. The jealousy is nauseating. Waiting for this season, haters…

  39. Gronk87,

    Do you honestly have nothing better to do than comment on EVERY SINGLE Giants-related article? I sense some animosity from you typical Pats fans.

    Instead of showing your blatant jealousy for Eli and the rest of the Giants, you might want to start scouting for a new QB, because once Brady’s time is up, you’re coincidentally going to disappear from these posting boards.

    Also, please remind me how many Super Bowls you’ve won in the last decade.

  40. Anyone who bashes Eli is just jealous. It’s tough for a QB with a bad running game, 1 good receiver, and a patched together o-line. The reason he had a lot of INTs was because he was trying to do too much (because he had too).

    Any team (except the medicore Cowboys) has a chance to win the division this year. Don’t count any of them out!

  41. Reading these comments from one side and the other… can we just agree that Eli is a mistake prone int-machine, AND he also won two superbowls? Yes, the superbowls and MVPs DO give him a ‘pass,’ like it or not. What is he getting a pass from? That he sucks. It’s pretty simple.

  42. Hey nohope, tom brady threw for over 350 yards and 3 TDs in Super Bowl 38….nice try. Like your name says, you have #nohope as a giants fan.

  43. Think of the ‘elite/great’ qb’s in history. Alot of them won 0,1,2,3,4 superbowls. But did any of them have 3 seasons with 20+picks and miss the playoffs so many times while playing very poorly?

    Again, both parties are right. He DID win superbowls. He DID make clutch plays in those title runs. And he ISN’T consistently a great, or even a good Qb. It’s both. The superbowls will get in the HOF, and his name will only help assure that. But he will be the WORST qb in the HOF, pound for pound, when it’s done and the stats wont lie.

  44. It’s funny reading giants fans on here trying to convince themselves they will be good this year. Good therapy.

    Hey nohopeleft have fun watching all those picks from your club box

  45. Haven’t the Dolphins won a bunch of superbowls and the only season where a team has neverlost, phinsneverwin?

  46. Eagle fans bashing Eli are the best. They stuck up for a guy that never won a playoff game as an Eagle but bash Eli. LOL

    1960 Eagle fans, 1960.

    Keep hatin’.

  47. Modern day gunslinger. Not afraid to take risks and always goes for the W. Big game QB that gives his team a chance against anyone. Proven winner.

  48. Eli saying this is an opportunity to reinvent himself certainly can be interpreted as an indictment of Gilbride’s offense. Think about it – when has Eli been the most lethal? In the two-minute drill when he didn’t have to wait for a play to come in. In that situation, he’s a lot like Peyton… get the line set, call a play, and go. If McAdoo’s offense is more of an up-tempo, quick-hit offense that takes advantage of Eli’s 2-minute prowess, the Giants will be just fine.

  49. I hope he doesn’t reinvent himself too much. We don’t want him to lose the playoff magic that NOBODY else has.

  50. Giants fans have the best of both worlds. We have your QB to win our FF leagues and our QB to win SBs.

    Cheers.

  51. Tyree pass was on 3rd down, so who knows what would have happened if it were called incomplete.

    Eli is a beast, he will bounce back. Everyone loves to hate a two time SB winner in ny. Haters gonna hate.

  52. anon5121 says:Apr 23, 2014 10:24 AM

    From thegronk87: “Eli’s Super Bowl performances were average. It was the giants D that won those games.

    Giants fans I’m sure will be donating their Manning jerseys to goodwill in the next few years.”
    *********************************************

    I’m not sure if Pats fans realize this, but there is absolutely nothing funnier than Patriots fans trying to trash talk Eli Manning.
    19-0 T-shirts are a big fashion statement in Ecuador.

    ———————

    I’m a Patriots fan and I hate Eli, but certainly respect him. He’ll bounce back. I trash him all the time, and it probably is funny, but it’s therapy for me.

  53. The Gilbride offense relied on option routes that put a lot of responsibility on receivers reading coverages the same way Manning did.

    Led to a lot of big plays and a lot of INT’s.

    Eli is a true professional. Well prepared and can beat anyone.

  54. Your QBs are hot supermodels that can’t satisfy their men….Ours is a bit of a butterface but she rocks our world when its showtime.

    I’ll take option two, Alex.

  55. His play the past couple of years certainly leaves a lot to question. But I still think he may have something left in his tank (that’s the Giants fan in me, of course!). It remains to be seen with a new OC and new faces on the offense.

  56. justintuckrule says:Apr 23, 2014 12:11 PM

    I hope he doesn’t reinvent himself too much. We don’t want him to lose the playoff magic that NOBODY else has.

    —————–

    He didn’t look to magical in 2008 or in 2010 but he certainly looked great in 2007 and 2011. History is written by the winner. For example, If you make the 4th quarter drive to take the lead and then lose the game, no one remembers the magic from that game.

    Eli is a great QB, but his magic has a lot to do with the other 52 guys playing well too. See the helmet catch and the Manningham sideline catch. Guys have to make plays. Eli was bad last year because his team was bad.

    Brady’s magic from 2001-2004 was similar. The big plays were made. See Deion Branch in 2004 vs Wes Welker in 2011. Branch caught everything near him and won the Super Bowl MVP. Welker had the drop heard round the world. Brady’s throws weren’t perfect in either case.

  57. @ kev86,

    “The Gilbride offense relied on option routes that put a lot of responsibility on receivers reading coverages the same way Manning did.

    Led to a lot of big plays and a lot of INT’s.

    Eli is a true professional. Well prepared and can beat anyone.”

    Ummmmm, let me sum it up for you in one
    word – whatever.

    Gilbride was the OC from 2006-2013, so what changed last season? Weak argument at best, bro, and what a homer post.

    Eli has averaged right around 20 picks the last 5 seasons, and has thrown over 30 TD’s only once in his career. 27 picks and a 7-9 record last season? This guy is overrated. Ease up on the homer excuses – Eli’s season was inexcusable, yet he doesn’t get the criticism other QB’s would get had they thrown the same amount of picks (Romo, for example) Eli’s true colors simply came out last year. Gilbride isn’t free of guilt, but he isn’t the one throwing the ball and making horrible decisions on the field. Eli said it himself – he gets to “reinvent” himself this year, which means he is acknowledging his severe shortcomings from last season. You need to acknowledge it, too.

    Eli had stellar defenses during their 2 SB winning seasons that carried the team. Eli is certainly a good QB, and yes he is a true professional (he does take the blame for his failures), but he will never be considered a great QB. He has had too many mediocre seasons, and unlike his brother, he doesn’t make the players around him better, which is what a great player does.

  58. We didn’t have “stellar defenses in the years we won”. Look it up. Some of the worst defensively rated teams to ever win the SB. They played well in the SB for sure but they don’t get to the SB unless Eli outduels Favre in the tundra…or the 15-1 robo qb golden boy Rodgers…or highest rated qb ever Romo or puts up 250+ on SF in the driving rain or …. why am I arguing again?

    Haters love revising history. As long as they can’t rewrite it….that’s all I care about.

    Cheers.

  59. It’s always hard to have a logical interchange about factual statistics with a giants fan. Or cowboys. Or Skins. But giant’s having those SB’s makes it particularly hard with them.

    Luckily, I’ll never have to go into that mode cuz the birds will never win a SB, and certainly not 2 with 20+ int qb/hofer. Not even sure how long it’ll take for Foles to get to that many picks, let alone the fact that he plays for us meaning he has NO chance at a title anyway…

  60. Eli is an average QB….. never was a top QB IMO.. he is a good guy and I wish him well.. but he is not a top QB and may not be adequate much longer

    he is a winner and I do get the Giants loyalty though

  61. As usual. People give QB’s too much credit and too much blame. It is a team game. If you have a bunch of injuries and third and fourth string guys on your offensive line, second-tier running backs and a supposed #1 receiver who, at times, did not compete for the ball, it’s all Eli’s fault. Right. Oh, almost forgot to blame Gilbride for everything too. Eli, and Giants, won’t be down for long.

  62. She-Li was never a great QB. He had a few years where his experience and physical abilities matched up with a great defense, receivers and some luck. He played more mistake free at that point. But he’s fallen back to being a Pick Machine…just like he was earlier in his career.

  63. “This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself and to come back and change what occurred last year, some of the difficulties, and bounce back and have a clean slate, prove yourself again and play at a high level,” Manning said.
    Manning then said “thank you for your time” then continued cutting out his Easter bunny from his stencil and licked the paste off his fingers.

  64. Start with a new haircut and using some product, then perhaps a more snappy shirt/tie/suit combination. In other words, spend a day at the mall with Tom Brady.

  65. Eagles’ fans would petition the Art Museum to replace the Rocky statue with an Eli statue if Eli won just one of his two magical SBs as a member of the Eagles.

  66. If Eli makes it into the HOF he will NOT have the worst stats of ANY QB in the Hall. That would be Joe Namath. Period. Not even close. Pats fans who hate on Eli should keep in mind they are the tuck rule, 2 clutch field goals, and a Donovan McChokejob away from Tom Brady being the modern Fran Tarkenton/Jim Kelly. Fans of the beagles, foreskins, and cowgirls should keep in mind that Eli is more accomplished than any QB their respective teams have had this century. Also Eli Manning has had 6 or more picks go in and out of the hands of his receivers in ALL of his 20+ pick seasons. Not to mention the 3 or 4 picks he threw last year because the receiver fell down in his route. Literally, 10 to 12 of those picks last year were the receivers fault. Hell in both SB wins, a wide receiver (Steve Smith in 42, Mario Manningham in 46) let the ball go in and out of his hands right before halftime when the GMen had the chance to go into halftime with a lead, and still won.

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