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Giants want Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes


The Giants are setting a high goal for Eli Manning’s completion percentage this season. A very high goal.

Giants quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf told reporters today that he wants Manning to reach a 70 percent completion rate this season.

Frankly, that’s preposterous. Manning completed just 57.5 percent of his passes last season, and his career completion percentage is 58.5 percent. The highest rate he’s ever had in any season was 2010, when he completed 62.9 percent of his passes. Unless the Giants are planning an offense that consists of nothing more than dump-offs to running backs, the idea that a career 58.5 percent passer is suddenly going to become a 70 percent passer is silly.

A 70 percent completion rate has only been reached five times in NFL history: Twice by Drew Brees and once each by Ken Anderson, Steve Young and Joe Montana. It’s less common than a 5,000-yard passing season or a 2,000-yard rushing season.

Maybe the Giants also have a goal for Rashad Jennings to rush for 2,000 yards this year. But that goal wouldn’t be any more unrealistic than Manning completing 70 percent of his passes.

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  1. GBwomenrhot says: Jul 28, 2014 12:12 PM

    ….and they say Kids say the darnedest things, doh!!

  2. RegisHawk says: Jul 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    I want to win the lottery. So that’ll happen now…

  3. marvsleezy says: Jul 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    If you reach 70% you didn’t take enough chances – Too conservative.

  4. weepingjebus says: Jul 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    In fairness to Eli, more than 70% of his passes are caught, it’s only that many are by the other team.

  5. flash1287 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    Giants want Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes to his own team.

  6. abninf says: Jul 28, 2014 12:14 PM

    Tony Romo 64.6% career.

  7. grandpoopah says: Jul 28, 2014 12:14 PM

    That should be easy if they count the passes he completes to opposing defenders.

  8. patriots123456 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:14 PM

    He does complete 70% of his passes, but too many are to the other team…

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:14 PM

    I also want that for my qb too.

  10. jcurran77 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:15 PM

    You mean to his team, right?

  11. dickshotdogs says: Jul 28, 2014 12:15 PM

    Who the H-e double hockey sticks doesn’t? SMH

  12. cletusvandam says: Jul 28, 2014 12:15 PM

    I did it in Madden with Alex Smith a few years ago so….yeah

  13. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 28, 2014 12:16 PM

    When asked to comment, Norv Turner said he’d be happy if his WRs ran the correct route 70% of the time…

  14. stynzerman says: Jul 28, 2014 12:16 PM

    As long as his WR’s don’t drop 30% of his passes it shouldn’t be a problem

  15. bonnovi says: Jul 28, 2014 12:17 PM

    Good luck with that. Eli Manning is the NFL’s Sisyphus.

  16. starcatcher56 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:18 PM

    Still laughing…..

  17. northeastkiller says: Jul 28, 2014 12:18 PM

    The Giants want Eli to be Drew Brees when he grows up, that’s nice.

  18. sc5000 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:21 PM

    Tell me again how this luck box is better than his brother.

  19. philswfc08 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:22 PM

    I want to take home 70% of my paycheck…

  20. pittsteelers101 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:22 PM

    Lol! Only if he throws balls to running backs out of the backfield! Or maybe he will get to 70 percent throwing to the defense!The wide receivers made manning!Unlike his brother he made receivers better !

  21. raiderrob21 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:23 PM

    Sounds like countless screen passes, bubble screens, and check downs.

  22. glennsyank13 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:24 PM

    Didn’t Christian Ponder say he was going for 75% of his passes a couple years back?

  23. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 28, 2014 12:24 PM

    Eli usually completes 70% of his passes, but 15% of them are to the other team.

  24. claymus1 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:25 PM

    Yeah, It would be better to set the bar lower. SMH.

  25. whatnojets says: Jul 28, 2014 12:26 PM

    Hey…I thought the passing rate was 65%??

  26. realdealsteel says: Jul 28, 2014 12:28 PM

    It’s nice to “want” things….

  27. mcdeez22 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:28 PM

    No, they WANT him to complete 100% of his passes.

  28. gtrav says: Jul 28, 2014 12:28 PM

    To the other team, maybe

  29. jetsfmleveryday says: Jul 28, 2014 12:29 PM

    I’m sure he will….. To the other team!! ZINNNNNGGGG!!!

  30. jekkerbirrus says: Jul 28, 2014 12:30 PM

    I think this is somewhat related to what Mike McCoy did to Philip Rivers last year. Rivers ended up completing 69.5% of his passes (a career high after two years of sliding performance). That is still the benchmark for Rivers, and the Giants are installing a similar offense, so the expectations for Manning are thus similar.

  31. nomar8477 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:31 PM

    i want Brady to complete 100%…but thats just unrealistic. Eli will hit 70..but it will be Interceptions

  32. humb0lt says: Jul 28, 2014 12:31 PM

    Philip Rivers’ completion percentage last season was 69.5 percent. That should count as 70 percent.

  33. mackcarrington says: Jul 28, 2014 12:32 PM

    If you take it in the context that the NFL is now considered a “passing league”, then the expectation is not really all that outrageous to me.

  34. genericuser8888 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    For the sake of reference:

    Among QB’s with at least 1,500 passing attempts.

    1. Chad Pennington 66.0% 2000-2010
    2. Drew Brees 65.9% 2001-2013
    3. Aaron Rodgers 65.8% 2005-2013
    4. Kurt Warner 65.5% 1998-2009
    Peyton Manning 65.5% 1998-2013
    6. Tony Romo 64.6% 2004-2013
    7. Philip Rivers 64.4% 2004-2013
    8. Steve Young 64.3% 1985-1999
    9. Matt Schaub 64.0% 2004-2013
    10. Matt Ryan 63.7% 2008-2013
    11. Tom Brady 63.4% 2000-2013
    12. Ben Roethlisberger 63.3% 2004-2013
    13. Joe Montana 63.2% 1979-1994
    14. Daunte Culpepper 63.0% 1999-2009
    15. Brian Griese 62.7% 1998-2008
    16. Carson Palmer 62.6% 2004-2013
    17. Marc Bulger 62.1% 2002-2009
    18. Brett Favre 62.0% 1991-2010
    19. Brad Johnson 61.7% 1994-2008
    20. David Garrard 61.6% 2002-2013

    Drew Brees holds the single season record with a 71.2% completion percentage.

    …70% for Eli really does seem ridiculous.

  35. allseeingone says: Jul 28, 2014 12:36 PM

    Coach is only trying to set the bar a little higher for Eli. Lifelong Giants fan here who knows Eli’s mind and then his passes tend to drift in almost every game. Smart guy who makes dumb mistakes. This season he needs to focus and play it safer when there’s nothing there. Every pass has to count.

  36. shatho1 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:37 PM


  37. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 28, 2014 12:37 PM

    This probably had to do with their offensive coordinator having been the QB coach of a QB who it was realistic to set that comp% as a goal. Rodgers career comp% is 66%, so I’m sure they did set 70% as his goal.

    Unfortunately Eli is no Aaron Rodgers.

  38. doug2626 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:37 PM

    Shouldn’t they want him to complete every pass??

  39. eoyguy says: Jul 28, 2014 12:42 PM

    There is a saying about wanting in one hand and doing…something…in the other, and seeing which piles up first. But then again, he is “elite”!

  40. omnipresentfan says: Jul 28, 2014 12:42 PM

    Yo Eli, as long as somebody catches it, it counts. Nevermind the uniform, we want completions baby!

  41. greymares says: Jul 28, 2014 12:44 PM

    He doesn’t have receivers capable of catching 70% of his throws without defenders on the field.

  42. jrbtoo says: Jul 28, 2014 12:44 PM

    Eli does complete 70%

    50% to Giants players
    20% to the other team

  43. guitarfreak21 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:45 PM

    And I would like to be richer than scrooge mcduck, but that won’t be happening either.

  44. dkalev says: Jul 28, 2014 12:46 PM

    That’s his completion rating to the other team…
    -Giants fan

  45. largent80100 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:48 PM

    With his career completion at 58.5% and his best completion percentage being 63% that’s like asking him to throw less than 10 picks.

  46. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 28, 2014 12:49 PM


  47. electricboogalo says: Jul 28, 2014 12:49 PM

    “Check down on 3, check down on 3, ready, break.”

  48. aldavisfortytime says: Jul 28, 2014 12:51 PM

    Matt Schaub has already done this. Except those passes were just to the other team.

  49. DonRSD says: Jul 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    Kiss the 2 rings for Eli. 3rd ring coming soon and you all know it.
    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  50. baddegg says: Jul 28, 2014 12:54 PM

    Is that all?

    Coughlin is getting soft in his old age…

  51. tved12 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:55 PM

    That’s not good. I “want” my quarterback to complete 100% of their passes. That said, I might set a goal of 60, maybe 65%.

    I don’t know why I would ever “want” my quarterback to miss on 30% of their passes though.

  52. joetoronto says: Jul 28, 2014 12:56 PM

    Just throw 5 yard passes, over and over, like Alex Smith.

  53. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    Who do they think he is, Teddy Bridgewater?

  54. patriotsarespygaters says: Jul 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    hehehe he can’t even complete 70 percent with only offense and no defense on the field

  55. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater?!? SKOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    T-Jack 2.0 (with or without the Michael Jackson glove)

  56. slugbaitspace says: Jul 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    Wow…I didn’t know until today that Eli’s best season for completion percentage is lower than either season for Russell Wilson’s completion percentage.

  57. squackduckhawk says: Jul 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    Want in one hand and poop in the other, and see which one fills up first!

  58. deathonwings410 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    Since they got rid of the option routes that caused his interceptions, maybe he can get into the mid-60s.

  59. bassplucker says: Jul 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    So who has a better TD/INT ratio this year? Eli, or Jay Cutler?


  60. bengcolt says: Jul 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    People in hell want ice water ….

  61. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 28, 2014 1:09 PM


  62. Cameronm says: Jul 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    Rivers completed 69.5% last year so it’s possible… Completely different Qbs though.

  63. grayone77 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    Wish in one hand and you – know – what in the other…

  64. babygaga19 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    Good luck with that. Eli is a good qb, not great but good. 70 percent? Are you kidding me?

  65. m056432 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:13 PM

    wow, pretty brutal. What’d you expect the QB coach to say, “Our goal is for him to play medicore”

  66. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    this is funny…

    usually it is the Jets coming up with the stupid and/or funny things

    I would also bet they want Eli to be a top 10 QB.. but he is not and has never been.. so not much hope there either…

  67. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    I think the Giants should aim a little lower.

    How about having 70% of his completions go to his own team first?

  68. stillers213 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:22 PM

    I would like to keep morre than 70% of my taxable income, but that isn’t going to happen either. 😦

  69. trollaikman8 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:22 PM

    I haven’t done the math but I think 15% of his pass attempts go for pick 6’s. Not sure if the Giants want to count those as completions.

  70. anon5121 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:22 PM

    Not sure how any of these writers can ever write that anything to do with Eli Manning is preposterous. Unless they want a bucketful of crow shoved down their throats.

    I remember a bunch writing that Eli Manning will never win SB. Lol. How’d that script turn out? He’s no longer in the Gilbride offense so his completion percentage will go up. If he reaches the mid to high sixties, it’s a win for the Giants.

  71. renbutler says: Jul 28, 2014 1:25 PM

    What’s wrong with “wanting” him to complete 70% of his passes? Heck, they should “want” him to complete 100%, but then realistically accept a more reasonable number in the 60s.

  72. blkdogcreative says: Jul 28, 2014 1:26 PM

    The Jets hope Geno Smith will complete 50%.

  73. tarrilasgiant1090 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:27 PM

    I wonder what his completion percentage is in the fourth quarter in Super Bowls…..(smiling)

  74. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    He is the Terry Bradshaw of this generation. People will look back and say, “how did Eli win more Superbowls than Peyton?” It will always be a mystery.

  75. largent80100 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:29 PM

    Interesting that the list of top 20 QBs on completion percentage nearly all of them played in the pass-happy NFL including names like Culpepper, Garrard, Brad Johnson, Schaub, Brian Griese and Bulger.

    Yet Eli plays its entire career in that era but can barely complete 60%, not to mention its QB rating similar to Jason Campbell’s.

    Elite 🙄

  76. bassplucker says: Jul 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    Yeah, and my former employer wanted 60 hrs of work for 4o hours’ pay. That didn’t happen, either.

  77. sumkat says: Jul 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    Very possible

    If they count INT’s as completions

  78. theparadoxx82 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:41 PM

    Just get a copy of Brees’ “Captain Checkdown” gameplan.

    He could pull of 70…

  79. thegronk87 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:44 PM

    El is very good against bad patriots defenses, including the aging one in 2007. Against good defenses, lol.

  80. tindeaux says: Jul 28, 2014 1:46 PM

    sure Eli can do that without breaking a sweat. Just start throwing 5-yard passes. his completion should go up to 95-98% no problem.

  81. troy43mvp says: Jul 28, 2014 1:47 PM

    No Matter What, It Still Cracks Me Up That Eli Has Twice The Superbowl Rings as Big Brother. Peyton Had The More Talented Teams By Far In My Opinion.

  82. sp103 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    It’s a goal ! People are so quick to comment negatively, get a life ! I believe in you Eli and I hope you hit that 70%

  83. neelymessier says: Jul 28, 2014 2:03 PM

    Eli’s problem has always been too many interceptions. Last year was the exclamation point.
    His goal should be to have a td to int ratio of 2 or higher, while completing at least 60%, and having a competitive yards per attempt.

  84. steves11 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:15 PM

    A more realistic goal for Manning would be to cut his INT total in half….and even that would still be a high number.

  85. 23rdusernameused says: Jul 28, 2014 2:16 PM

    OK, 45% completion to giants and the other 25% completions by the other team, as INT’s, sounds about Eli’s speed!!
    Elite my BUTT, LUCKY is all!!!
    deer in the headlights GOON!

  86. dxh02 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:17 PM

    In summary, most readers believe Eli couldn’t hit 70% if he was tossing a metal ball to a magnet. I probably agree with that.

  87. lunigod3 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:18 PM

    Eli would have 70% completion percentage if his receivers could follow the correct route. miscommunication was the biggest issue with the receivers last year.

    Having a new system I see just as many issues, only shorter passes this year.

  88. ndrick731 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:22 PM

    He can do that if you included interceptions in the calculation.

  89. RexCanCoach says: Jul 28, 2014 2:23 PM

    I guess NYG are tired of reading about NYJ in the tabloids…welcome to the party!!!

  90. cbs1971 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:24 PM

    Eli: “What’s wrong with 69%?”

  91. kev86 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:32 PM

    Look at all the Eli haters. Love it.

    Eli wins more than he loses and has two rings to show for it.


  92. wiztopher says: Jul 28, 2014 2:35 PM

    I bet every team would want that. He should focus on cutting down that record breaking interception rate, sheesh.

  93. citizenstrange says: Jul 28, 2014 2:38 PM

    It’s like asking Roethlisberger to score more than 13 points a game. It’s crazy talk!

  94. justintuckrule says: Jul 28, 2014 2:57 PM

    So you were 18-0 with a “very bad” and “aged defense”? Yah, ok

    You were top 5 defense that year you bandwagoned hater.

    High % rates are stats for fantasy geeks. The Rodgers of the world wouldn’t risk their precious qbrs on passes like manning to manningham. You keep your 70% comp rates while Eli keeps his multiple rings.


  95. jpherling says: Jul 28, 2014 3:14 PM

    Eli can’t complete 70% of his passes unless he can stay on his feet 90% of the time. With the crew they’re gonna have out there pass blocking, that ain’t gonna happen.

  96. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jul 28, 2014 3:14 PM

    Well I want a million dollars and Erin Andrews for my wife. I guess the Giants and I will continue to want.

  97. kev86 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    Who is your QB? Does he have 2 SB MVP’s?

    Are you jealous?


  98. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    He will, to the other team!

  99. sbc85 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:44 PM

    theparadoxx82 says:
    Jul 28, 2014 1:41 PM
    Just get a copy of Brees’ “Captain Checkdown” gameplan.

    He could pull of 70…


    Are you joking? The only reason a 70 percent completion season is so much less common than a 5,000 yard passing season is because Drew Brees has thrown for more than 5,000 yards 4 times. He did that by dumping off the ball?

  100. thefiesty1 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:49 PM

    As long as 20% is not to the other team.

  101. scw1993 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:57 PM

    I can’t stop laughing.

  102. censorshipstinks says: Jul 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    I do not know why this is news. EVERY team wants their QB to have a completion percentage over 70%.

  103. jimjets says: Jul 28, 2014 4:09 PM

    I want my wife to ask for a divorce so I can run off with my wild young gf, but that prolly ain’t happenin either

  104. hanklin89 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:11 PM


  105. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 4:35 PM

    I live in NJ…. I sure hope I don’t catch whatever the Jets and Giants have…

  106. dannymac17 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:36 PM

    Just last year the Chargers HC said he wanted Rivers to complete 70% and he actually came pretty close @ 69.5 with 4100+ yards.

    Its attainable. But not for Manning. Hes terrible.

  107. dcpatfan says: Jul 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    The Greater Manning

  108. vusnu says: Jul 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    Maybe this is the Giants’ way of saying bye bye to Eli.

  109. gfan8611 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:27 PM

    He’s been throwing every other pass high and behind his WR//TE/RB since his very first play in the league and someone thinks he can coach him up to 70%. Yeah good luck with that.

  110. kkalama1 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:35 PM

    Please Eli do this for the sake of all nfl fans, the cry-baby face takes a toll on us hahaha

  111. tjmac95 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:07 PM

    They must have forgot which manning is their qb

  112. simonator917 says: Jul 28, 2014 10:50 PM

    Tell me again how this luck box is better than his brother.
    Um, let’s see. One fewer Super Bowl appearance yet twice as many championships. He’s just flat out the better quarterback when the game’s on the line. He’s tough as nails as evidenced when the 49ers were knocking him around in that NFCCG yet he still managed to beat them.

    I have nothing against Peyton, in fact I love the guy because he’s so classy. I just think Eli’s the better player.

  113. giants1080 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:50 AM

    70%of of you idiots wrote the same thing.. 2 sb deal with it!!

  114. edithpiaf51 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:38 AM

    I WISH THAT THE ELI BASHING WOULD STOP. It is mean and cruel. Maybe Eli bashers should find something better to do like work for a living instead of spending the time making fun of Eli. He is a 2 superbowl champion who does more things for society than anyone.

  115. thesmartestmanever says: Jul 29, 2014 1:57 AM

    are you sure he didn’t say 17%?

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