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Phil Simms says Giants’ new offense will make life easier for Eli

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning struggled through a miserable 2013 season in which he led the league with a career-high 27 interceptions. But it was offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, not Manning, who took the fall.

Now Manning is learning the system of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and former Giants quarterback Phil Simms thinks that’s good news in New York.

I don’t think it’s going to be tough for him,” Simms said of Manning, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “It’s going to be new information, a new way to do things, but there will be a lot of the same plays that every offense runs, and there will be a new voice telling him and different ways of running those plays.”

Simms thinks McAdoo’s system should do wonders for Manning’s completion percentage, which has dropped from 62.9 percent to 61.0 percent to 59.9 percent to 57.5 percent over the last four seasons.

“I would think this will make it easier on Eli because it will be a more quarterback-friendly system,” Simms said. “I have great respect for Kevin Gilbride winning two Super Bowls. He was worried about hitting four of those big passes every game, and I love that about the Giants’ offense. It wasn’t 17 screens every game. But I would think the West Coast offense and some of the thinking will help the quarterback. It’s not always putting the pressure on the quarterback, which I am a big believer of in today’s game. Give the quarterback 50 percent of his completions as ‘gimmies.’ There are other times you want to make those four or five special throws.”

Simms set off a debate in 2012 when he declared that Manning is not elite. But whether Eli is elite or not, he has to be better this year than he was last year.

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59 Responses to “Phil Simms says Giants’ new offense will make life easier for Eli”
  1. floratiotime says: Jun 9, 2014 10:05 AM

    Eli owns 2 Superbowl rings and has made more than $100,000,000. His life is as easy as it gets.

  2. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Jun 9, 2014 10:05 AM

    quick question for all the die hards out there….. who would you rather have right now (contract status notwithstanding), Eli or Romo?

  3. kd75 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:07 AM

    Eli still needs a TE.

  4. racerx1225 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:08 AM

    and Chris Simms says that Khalil Mack, Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley and Antonio Smith will make for 1 of the best pass rushes in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders this year. :)

  5. floratiotime says: Jun 9, 2014 10:10 AM

    “quick question for all the die hards out there….. who would you rather have right now (contract status notwithstanding), Eli or Romo?”

    I would rather the Cowboys had Romo. In fact I wish they paid him even more.

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:12 AM

    That’s good, cuz it’s way too hard for him as it is now, apparently. The guy has been mediocre to awful in most of his seasons in the NFL. Including the regular seasons of BOTH lombardi trophy years. Just don’t ask a giants fan…

  7. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:12 AM

    That’s good, cuz it’s way too hard for him as it is now, apparently. The guy has been mediocre to awful in most of his seasons in the NFL. Including the regular seasons of BOTH lombardi trophy years. Just don’t ask a giants fan… And if you do, don’t expect much of a response on the facts- only a put down to your team.

  8. ttommytom says: Jun 9, 2014 10:22 AM

    For the 1000th time, you need “football intelligent” receivers who are on the same exact page of the QB because of the various options of the run and shoot during each play.

    Eli is going to be a god when they take those options away from the receivers and just have them doing repetition route running.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 9, 2014 10:25 AM

    Yeah I think he gets paid enough money to take the pressure off. And Odell Beckham Jr will probably help out some too. Of course they could have signed DeSean Jackson and used that 1st Round pick for even more support if they felt Eli really needed it. I guess their offense is set and aiming to be #1 in the league now.

  10. greymares says: Jun 9, 2014 10:27 AM

    If this offense is going to help Eli it will have to include 9 offensive linemen.

  11. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    Eli is a big gamer but he is only a slightly above average QB

  12. richabbs says: Jun 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    He’ll probably throw fewer interceptions, but the offense will gain fewer yards. Look, without an effective RB and OL, the Giants offense will remain pitiful in 2014.

  13. bkostela says: Jun 9, 2014 10:29 AM

    eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:12 AM

    That’s good, cuz it’s way too hard for him as it is now, apparently. The guy has been mediocre to awful in most of his seasons in the NFL. Including the regular seasons of BOTH lombardi trophy years. Just don’t ask a giants fan…
    ________________________

    so don’t draft eli in your fantasy league if all you care about is regular season stats. because during BOTH lombardi trophy years, he played lights out in the playoffs. more importantly, his team was 8-0 in the playoffs in those two years.

  14. leagueobservr says: Jun 9, 2014 10:29 AM

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when the Giants running game and offensive line went into decline, Mannings performance went into decline right along with them. He is obviously not the type of quarterback who can carry the team on his shoulders with his arm, like his brother. I think this new West Coast offense from Green Bay should help increase his completion percentage and take some of the pressure off of him, but I think their O-line and running game will go a long way in determining the outcome of games this season.

  15. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jun 9, 2014 10:30 AM

    @eaglesnoles05

    In no way am I a giants fan but before you knock Eli think about this, he has won more Superbowl’s then Philly has…..

  16. ttommytom says: Jun 9, 2014 10:30 AM

    The Eagles would be easy to root for if I lived there and they had a new fan base.

    I drive around Philly when necessary. I don’t look down when flying over, either.

    As per the Cowboys: The golfer’s career in golf is coming soon.

  17. nygmann says: Jun 9, 2014 10:31 AM

    Change is good when needed. Time will tell whether McAdoo’s system works with Eli.

  18. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 9, 2014 10:31 AM

    But will anything make listening to a Phil Simms broadcast easier or at least tolerable?

    Sources say no.

  19. dkalev says: Jun 9, 2014 10:31 AM

    On one end, his receivers weren’t the brightest to make the correct reads and run the same way he was throwing… On the other end, now that’s it’s just route running it will be easier to figure out their plays, as the option is gone….
    Side note: while manning did have some bad years, he was an absolute monster the 08 season till plax shot himself in the leg… They looked like repeaters until that happened…

  20. notthetroll says: Jun 9, 2014 10:32 AM

    I think any change will make it easier for him, especially if his line, you know, blocks. I did enjoy the regression to the mean last year as the 2 SB wins were, for Eli, fortunate. The Hype he got as a top 5 QB in some people’s eyes was undeserved, good thing that corrected itself.

  21. dalfanforever says: Jun 9, 2014 10:37 AM

    58 interceptions for the past 3 seasons…Hmmm. And people want to complain about Romo, who incidentally had 37…yes there are stats to back it up.

    If Eli had better receivers who actually helped him by coming back to the ball, those stats would drop dramatically. As a football fan, you want to see good ball. But in the NFC East, I hope they don’t help him out by breaking off their routes and getting open.

  22. mancave001 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:38 AM

    It really depends on his WR’s and OL. Last year, both were highly questionable, and we fans of other NFC East teams reveled in the return of She-Li the Human Pick Machine. If they are better, he’ll return to form.

  23. realdealsteel says: Jun 9, 2014 10:42 AM

    Don’t care what Sims says.

    Giants have a bad O-line that wasn’t properly addressed in the draft or the off-season so far. They have no TE that Eli can dump the ball off to in a pinch either.

    Sorry but I don’t see things getting easier for Eli until those two areas are properly addressed.

  24. weepingjebus says: Jun 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    The trick is just getting him to get his annual 25 INTs out of his system early so the team can get off the ground in time for the playoffs. Maybe have him throw 7-8 a game the first month?

  25. emfsocial78 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    Look Eli like any other QB is helped by a running game. But for those who don’t remember the facts the Giants were 31st in rushing and 27th on Defense when they won the SB in 2011. But don’t let facts get in the way of a good argument.

    Eli isn’t the perfect QB but he’s far better than some of his hater proclaim. Yes, he played badly last year but so did River is 2012. Pocket QBs like Eli and River do need some help and last year Eli had very little. This year with better play around him and a new offense Eli will get back to playing quality football.

  26. loubearkane says: Jun 9, 2014 10:49 AM

    If everyone would stop asking Phil Simms questions he would stop talking.

  27. thefootballgodssay says: Jun 9, 2014 10:51 AM

    eli 4300 yards passing 27 td’s 15 or fewer int’s and 2014 NFC EAST CHAMPION 11-5

  28. ctgiant says: Jun 9, 2014 10:59 AM

    Giants are much better in several spots: KO’s & PR’s ; Both kickers; Secondary strenth & back-ups; RB; Wilson will be a day one starter in a rotation; Goal line; average staring los; and a TE named Robinson will make his name known, or you might spell him OUT. Fells; Donnell; and former GB Tom Crabtree will work out this week, known for his blocking.
    All this has to handled by game one, only one coach could pull this off with 14 free agents, Tom Coughlin. Without TC, this team is average, with him, they could finally make the playoffs again.
    Last, a very strong locker room, where low life’s get the boot, just my 2 cents.

    CT GIANT

  29. dirtmcgirt24 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:00 AM

    leagueobservr says:
    Jun 9, 2014 10:29 AM
    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when the Giants running game and offensive line went into decline, Mannings performance went into decline right along with them. He is obviously not the type of quarterback who can carry the team on his shoulders with his arm, like his brother. I think this new West Coast offense from Green Bay should help increase his completion percentage and take some of the pressure off of him, but I think their O-line and running game will go a long way in determining the outcome of games this season.

    When has Peyton carried an offense? Was it when he has Harrison/Wayne/James/etc in Indy or Thomas(x2)/Welker/etc in Denver, all with quality offensive lines.

  30. zam0854 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:02 AM

    Lol Giants 11-5? NFC East Champs?

    Didn’t they add like 65 free agents this off season?

    When the Giants DONT make the playoffs this year, Coughlin will be looking for another job. Just adding more frustration to this organization.

    Giants take off more Sundays than a priest going to a boys scout convention.

  31. kwickett85 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:03 AM

    Easier for Eli? So he’ll ONLY throw 20 INT’s this year? The guy has only had one full season under 14 INT’s…

  32. 10elite says: Jun 9, 2014 11:05 AM

    Eli’s interception numbers from last season are deceiving. Gilbride’s offense required QB and WR to be on the same page, read the defense in the same way, and adjust accordingly. So many of Eli’s interceptions last year were when he put the ball exactly where the WR should have been, but the WR either took the wrong option, or failed to signal Eli to where he intended to go. Another mess of interceptions came because with no one he could trust (including his line and RBs), Eli got flustered and started trying to win games on his own, forcing things that weren’t there.

    This new offense can only be good for him. The new talent on the line can only be good for him. The new reliability at RB can only be good for him. The new talent at WR can only be good for him. The entire NFL not having 10 years worth of tape on the same offense can only be good for him.

    Not saying everything will go smoothly, but I’m pretty excited about this season.

  33. schmitty2 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    bkostela says:Jun 9, 2014 10:29 AM

    ________________________

    so don’t draft eli in your fantasy league if all you care about is regular season stats. because during BOTH lombardi trophy years, he played lights out in the playoffs. more importantly, his team was 8-0 in the playoffs in those two years.

    Thanks for informing us that you need to go undefeated to win a Lombardi!

  34. thegronk87 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:14 AM

    He’s not exactly a HOFer. His numbers just aren’t there.

  35. mutantman87 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:37 AM

    I would ask, is Eli accurate enough to run the West Coast offense well?

  36. justintuckrule says: Jun 9, 2014 11:46 AM

    For his entire career, the Giants ran a “feast or famine” offense under Gilbride. That offense gave us TWO “feasts” that we’ll never forget and a bunch of famine in between.

    Your pop gun, high completion, no risk offenses generate champions as well. That is….champs of fantasy football leagues (right Nick Foles?).

  37. chewchunk says: Jun 9, 2014 11:48 AM

    The Gilbride offense had become vanilla and predictable. And they couldn’t run the ball. What’s to like about Eli is the risk taking. As for the elite, oh yes, elite. That elite pass to Manningham in SB 46 is still a thing of beauty.

  38. justintuckrule says: Jun 9, 2014 11:48 AM

    thegronk87 says:
    Jun 9, 2014 11:14 AM
    He’s not exactly a HOFer. His numbers just aren’t there.
    ——-
    Disagree. The only number voters will care about is the number 2. If and when he wins one more (and he will), then you’re talking first ballot HOF. Chew on this….since Brady will be playing until he’s 50….maybe they can induct each other in! :)

  39. voiceofrealism says: Jun 9, 2014 12:55 PM

    kd75 says:Jun 9, 2014 10:07 AM

    Eli still needs a TE.
    ———————————————
    and an off. coordinator.

    McAdoo didn’t even have a position coaching job until 2012 when he became a tight end coach. tight end coach for a year, QB coach for a year, and now off. coordinator? Come on.

  40. mikea311 says: Jun 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    dkalev says: Jun 9, 2014 10:31 AM

    On one end, his receivers weren’t the brightest to make the correct reads and run the same way he was throwing… On the other end, now that’s it’s just route running it will be easier to figure out their plays, as the option is gone….
    Side note: while manning did have some bad years, he was an absolute monster the 08 season till plax shot himself in the leg… They looked like repeaters until that happened…

    don’t forget 09 when he actually carried that team with NO defense. he was even better that year.

  41. gianthater says: Jun 9, 2014 1:03 PM

    Let’s get one thing straight, the man is a turnover machine. Remember the catch from Tyree off his helmet in the SB. A once in a lifetime freak catch. Two years later the guys not even in the league. The other SB, it was the defense n a dropped Welker pass giving the jints a gifted win, n let’s not forget the 49ers gift wrapping the game for the jints two weeks before. When Simms says the new system should make things better for Eli, someone should tell him the Eagles, Cowboys n Redskins have all improved through the draft n free agency n r not about to sit back n let Eli pick them apart. Anyway with the Eagles talent they should crush the jints n have that overrated statute running for cover, LOL

  42. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 9, 2014 1:26 PM

    The Giants true star is Tom Coughlin, not Eli Manning. No coach has done more with so little. Manning will forever be known for two amazing plays on pro football’s biggest stage. But would it shock anyone if he’s never heard from again? I think not.

  43. t500000t says: Jun 9, 2014 1:31 PM

    I see many comments regarding Giant WRs not running their routes correctly and/or not being on the same page as Eli. While that may be true, Eli is should take some responsibility for mistakes he made on the field. He made some pretty poor decisions last year. Take your average play situation, with 4 or sometimes 5 receivers on the field. Not every one of them will run their routes as planned. Some will break off because of a pass rush, some will run into pass coverage, and SOME will not run the routes correctly. An Elite QB knows the situation could change and he has to be able to read and adjust according. Elite QBs don’t push the situation and they use what’s given to them. That’s where check down receivers come in handy. That’s where QBs who can scramble come in handy.
    .
    Simply good or even great QBs know they have about a couple of ticks on the clock to go through their progressions, and sometimes less than that, to make proper reads. Throwing INTs, regardless of poor OL play or poor route running, is just sloppy play an sloppy game management from the QB. Take the sack and live for the next offensive possession. Last year, Eli wasn’t elite or great or even any good at all. Facts are facts.

  44. themonkeyman says: Jun 9, 2014 1:33 PM

    “Let’s get one thing straight, the man is a turnover machine.”

    Is that Mike Vick you are referring to? Silly Eagle fans.

  45. t500000t says: Jun 9, 2014 1:48 PM

    That man didn’t lie, Eli is a turn over machine.

    229 TDs
    171 INTs

  46. bc01red says: Jun 9, 2014 2:03 PM

    Hakeem Nicks off that team will also help. Now Eli has some receivers who will make an effort and not roll their eyes if a play isn’t called their way

  47. birdbrainsnj says: Jun 9, 2014 2:09 PM

    Eli 192 turnovers
    Vick 123

    That’s pathetic.

  48. themonkeyman says: Jun 9, 2014 2:11 PM

    2 SB MVP’S
    He’s a 2 time NFL Champion also. How many championships have you Philly fans had since 1960?

  49. themonkeyman says: Jun 9, 2014 2:24 PM

    Vick 154 turnovers – Eli 171 turnovers
    Vick TD’s 121 TOTAL, rushing & receiving.
    Eli 229 TD PASSES!! — Hold the NFL record for 4th qtr TD passes.

    Eagle QB’s with Super Bowl wins – ZERO
    Giant QB’s with Super Bowl wins – THREE
    Eli – 2 time Super Bowl MVP. 2 Championships in 4 years.

    Silly Eagle fans.

  50. t500000t says: Jun 9, 2014 4:03 PM

    It is indeed possible to be an average QB and win SBs and be a 2-time SBMVP.

    2007 23 Tds to 20 INTs.
    SB MVP with some very pedestrian stats (19-34-255-2-1)

    2011 29 Tds to 16 INTs
    SB MVP stats are much better (30-40-296-1-0)

  51. justintuckrule says: Jun 9, 2014 4:29 PM

    Couldn’t care less if Eli had 500 INTs. It’s called “no guts, no glory”. You count picks. Us Giants’ fans count shiny chrome footballs. Gutty QBs get you those every once in awhile. In our case….only team to do so in 4 different decades.

    Cheers.

  52. thegronk87 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:47 PM

    Eli won two titles, but he had help from tyree and manningham/welker. Unless his numbers improve by the time he retires, he just isn’t HOF worthy. He has only led giants to the playoffs in 4 out of past 10 years.

  53. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:48 PM

    Eagle fans are the best – they dwell on Eli’s regular season stats just like they dwell on regular season wins. When the money has been on the line, Eli has delivered not once but twice. Engineering game winning drives in the closing minutes of both Super Bowls.

    But keep harping on the ONLY negative thing you have. He owns the NFL record for 4th qtr TD passes (because his defense is sooooo strong every year LOL), not bringing up those stats are you?

    You Eagle guys keep hanging your hat regular season wins & stats, Eli will keep counting championships.

  54. Spider43NYG says: Jun 9, 2014 8:09 PM

    Agreed Eagle Fans are indeed the best. If Eli won one championship for that organization they would have canonized him and put an Eli statue in front of Lincoln Financial Field.

    I live in Philly and I am amazed about how bitter they are that in their greatest era of winning football 2000 to present, they have no Lombardi trophies to show and the Giants have two.

    Since I have lived in Philly during that time, I have started to actually root for Dallas and Washington when the Giants are eliminated.

    Note to Eagle Fans: No Giant fan cares about whether or not Eli is a hall of famer, elite, etc. As a quarterback he has brought us some of the greatest football in franchise history. And when it’s money time, there is no one we would rather have than Eli. What I do know if that the Giants are an elite franchise and the Eagles are not.

    Just name any Eagle quarterback in history that you would rather have than Eli??? Just one – c’mon. I know you all are going with Nick Foles since he’s the guy right now but remember when Michael Vick was the guy?? Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, AJ Feeley, Koy Detmer, Mike McMahon, Jeff Blake, Mike Kafka, Nick Foles, etc. All guys who have played QB since Eli started in 2004. Any one of these guys you rather have than Eli??? Just saying

  55. n0hopeleft says: Jun 9, 2014 11:34 PM

    The empty trophy case fans trying to tell the world how Eli isn’t a winner.

    HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT WINNING LOOKS LIKE?!!??!?!

    You’ve had over 50 years to put one championship run together. JUST ONE!!!!

    Stop talking about Eli. Your franchise’s performance doesn’t give you the right to even speak.

  56. zam0854 says: Jun 10, 2014 7:05 AM

    Let’s get CURRENT: Giants have a good O-line and that’s it! Every team in the NFL needs their QB and WR on the same page. And this team couldn’t get it done. Including Buffalo, the Jets are the best team in NY

  57. dkalev says: Jun 10, 2014 8:11 AM

    Everyone is continuously throwing out the interceptions, saying it’s the markings if a bad quarterback… Guys, I only have two words for you all: Brett Favre. Man was one if the most exciting quarterbacks, always counted in the top ten all time, sure fire hall of famer, and holds the record for most interceptions thrown.

  58. edithpiaf51 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:41 AM

    If Eli had better receivers, this curvilinear statistic would be diminished greatly, which is why half the old o line is gone

  59. edithpiaf51 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:47 AM

    To the person that said about the regression to the mean to Eli, regressions (Pearson, muliple, etc) are always linear, football is curvilinear. Means are effected by extreme conditions on the bell (normal distà curve) in inferential and descriptive stats. the interceptions were a curvilinear stat beyond the control of Eli. When he had good WRs, he performed well and won 2 SBs in less than 5 years.

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