Eli Manning: I know I can play better

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Coach Pat Shurmur said the Giants “believe in Eli” Manning despite the veteran quarterback’s struggles. Manning believes in himself, too.

“I know I can play better,” Manning said Friday, via Michael Eisen of the team website. “I didn’t play well last night. I’ve got to make better decisions and get back to just doing my job, not trying to do anything more, not trying to force things. Just find completions and move the ball, and try to score more points.”

The truth is: Manning can’t play much worse.

He completed 24 of 43 passes for 281 yards and an interception in Thursday night’s loss to the Eagles. The Giants went 4-for-14 on third down after going 0-for-7 on third down last week, and they scored no touchdowns on three trips in the red zone against the Eagles.

With the Giants last in the NFC East at 1-5, everyone, it seems, is calling for Manning’s job. Manning, though, said he is unbothered by the criticism of his play.

“It bugs me that we’re 1-5,” Manning said. “What people say never got to me, never bothered me. But you work extremely hard to go have a big year and you’re excited about things, and to be in this situation, yeah it bothers you, and it’s tough. But the only thing you can do is keep working and keep grinding. Try to bring this team together. It’s a new scheme, a lot of new players, and it’s just a matter of everybody just making those improvements. Everybody just doing their job a little bit better, knowing exactly what your assignments are, knowing exactly what you need to do and working on it and perfecting that craft.”

The Giants don’t have a great option to turn to behind Manning, having not drafted a quarterback until the fourth-round. Journeyman Alex Tanney is the backup quarterback and rookie Kyle Lauletta the No. 3.

“We’re not talking about a quarterback change,” Shurmur said.

At least not this week.

76 responses to “Eli Manning: I know I can play better

  1. Uncle Rico thought that as well. You can’t make this stuff up. Giants will keep trotting him out hoping for losses. Quest for next year’s #1 starts now and there’s no better QB to lead that charge.

  2. Can he throw the ball 56 yards in the air?

    If so, the coach should be fired immediately for a WR screen at the end of the 1st half.

  3. Even though I’m a cowboy fan Eli will alwways hold a special place in my heart for absolutely crushing patsies bandwagon nations hopes of an undefeated season well done Eli !

  4. The Truth says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:08 pm
    Even though I’m a cowboy fan Eli will alwways hold a special place in my heart for absolutely crushing patsies bandwagon nations hopes of an undefeated season well done Eli !

    ————-
    Yeah that is by far the biggest highlight for the Cowboys organization since the mid 90s

  5. Eli just taking all the blame for his team failures. Very Nobel but, there are many other issues that is preventing Eli from doing his job. He can’t even take the snap without a defensive linemen in his lap. Time to turn the page on the Giants and start rebuilding.

  6. Actually, this is about it as good as it gets for him. Career high in passing percentage. Exceeding his career average for yards per attempt. His INT rate has been cut in half. It’s his fifth best QB rating. Ever. So, no, Eli. You can’t get better. Because the truth is, you are a career 83.7 passer. Even Joe Flacco sneers at that.

    He won two SBs. And beat the Pats doing it. The entire planet is grateful for that. But it doesn’t make him a good QB. It just means he’s had good moments. But those moments are well past him.

  7. Whoa – NHPats – Good one! Best comeback I’ve seen in weeks. And it’s true, no less.

  8. Eli is almost 38yo—very few QB’s are effective at that age. The player is usually the last to realize that they just do not have it anymore. Brother Peyton was helped at the end of his career by a great defense—–such is not the case with the New York football Giants.

  9. It’s really easy to rip on Eli and I could careless about his future. All I know is the game I watched on Thursday. No QB can be successful behind that o-line unless they are very mobile. I was dumbfounded at the commentators ripping on Eli for his short passes while also saying no one was open down the field and they need to use short passes to that stud RB who seemed to be their only hope.

  10. Eli said, “I’ve got to make better decisions and get back to just doing my job, not trying to do anything more, not trying to force things.”

    He thinks he took too many chances. Actually the commentators said that he was playing it too safe. Instead of trying for a first down, he dumps the ball off for a pass that was too short for a first down and they wound up punting the ball.

  11. everyone in football know you double Beckham and put a spy on Saquan and then wait for somebody to make a mistake;

    sure, Eli is done but the Giants have a lot more problems, like a weak secondary and no kick return game unless they are willing to risk one of their two mega-stars;

    that’s about as smart as asking your franchise quarterback to throw a lead block on a goal line running play;

  12. Eli Manning, needs to be remembered for ONE thing only. He sold FAKE game worn jerseys!! He’s a FRAUD!!! Should have been suspended!!! What a FRAUD!!! That is his legacy!!!!

  13. He captured lightning lightning in a bottle a couple of times and no one can take that away from him. He maximized those opportunities that he had and otherwise had sort of a mediocre career.

    As a Pats fan, I still wouldn’t want to see him on a roll in a playoff situation. But, it does appear to be all over for him now. Do I think he’s a hall of famer? Borderline—those 2 Super Bowl MVPs probably get him in though.

  14. The o-line isnt good….all of us Giants fans who watch every minute of every Giants game knows this. Enough with the o-line though. Eli is not only immobile (he was mostly immobile even when he was good) but now also a coward who dives onto the ground constantly. Thanks for the memories kid (im 48 so I call him kid) but please retire after this season. Assuming we dont win like 3 or 4 games in a row, Lauletta needs to be ready to go around Thanksgiving. If he isnt the guy (and I dont believe he is) then at least we will have about 6 games to KNOW he’s not the guy and start planning the 2019 draft.

  15. waldoampere says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    If the Giants organization had half a brain they’d be preparing to give Sam Darnold his first start next week.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    If the Giants had drafted Darnold, it would have ruined him forever. With that offensive line he would already be in therapy.

  16. Eli’s line was terrible last night. But even when he had time he was seeing ghosts and panicing and just throwing the check down. Eli was playing scared last night.

  17. The Giants don’t believe in Eli , Heck even Eli Manning doesnt believe in Eli Manning. The Giants made a massive mistake in passing on a franchise QB in the deepest QB draft in years and now they are paying for it. They could of taken either Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, both of whom will be elite NFL QB’s for a long time to come within just a couple seasons. The Giants are done and their mistake in the last draft is going to hurt them for the next few seasons to come until they can get their hands on a rookie QB at the top of the draft.

  18. ryann252013 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm
    If you really think about it Eli shouldn’t even have been starting over Kurt Warner.
    ……………………………………………………………………….
    no dude not at all, i remember those games..warner was not the rams cards warner in ny and the team was junk..made sense to start him

  19. If Eli had a line in front of him and had time to throw he would be a good quarterback still. Sort of reminds me of when his dad Archie was playing. Great player but not much help. Had to run for his life on every passing play.

  20. Football has been Eli Manning’s entire life. His dad was a living legend when he was growing up, and his older brother is one of the greatest QB’s of all time. He’s also won two super bowls. I remember Dan Marino might have played a year or two after his prime, and so have a lot of HOF QB’s. It’s obvious to everyone, including Eli, that it’s probably about time to hang em up. He’ll go out as a two time super bowl MVP. He won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2016. You know what, it’s so easy to kick a man when he’s down, but that tells more about us. This is how we send a guy off? Get a grip folks. I’m not even a big Eli Manning fan, but this is gross.

  21. Even at his best he was a flukey INT machine and you all know it. And the thing about flukes is they end, as his did 5 years ago.

  22. Hey Eli, I want to help you out here. Don’t breathe through your mouth any more. When you take off your helmet close your mouth and breathe through your nose. You look like an idiot who doesn’t have a clue when you stand on the sideline with your mouth hanging open and a dull look in your eyes. Some of that stuff you can’t do anything about. Just ask Jay “I am grumpy and just want to take a nap” Cutler about that.

    Trust me on this.

  23. Garbage OL and defensive drafting. Dumping way too much money to an effeminate WR, thinking Evan Engram is an actual TE rather than glorified WR – those are the issues with the Giants (and NFL in general). The problem is they want to draft NBA players and put them on a football field (athletic measurables are not the be all end all when it comes to football, get players that can play the game, tackle, make blocks, make tough catches ie. play fundamental football).

  24. I’m not a fan of QB bashing just for the sake of it. When an established QB has trouble there can be a few reason why. One big reason is OL play. How many years has it been that Eli has played behind a substandard OL? It’s been at least 3 years. When you drop back to pass and a D-lineman is right in your face, it’s demoralizing to say the least. When you get consistently get knocked around by the DL, it has does have an effect on you. In many cases you get ‘happy feet’ and run around before you have to. That can lead to throwing a ball before you need to, or throwing a ball off your back foot, or improperly position your body to make a throw. Another reason is bad play calling for that particular situation. I’d like to see what Eli can do behind a good OL, before I say Eli has lost it and call for his head.
    Dak Prescott has the same problem in Dallas. He too has developed ‘happy feet’ and suffers from bad play calling by his OC. As a rookie, Dak played well behind that great OL. In his second that OL had injuries and became very porous, and Dak had to run for his life. That’s where his ‘happy feet’ started. The OL has started to get better, but his ‘happy feet’ are not getting better. I won’t wright Dak off either.

  25. How about this for a crazy idea. A straight qb trade with ryan tannehill right now in season. Ryan isnt the answer in miami and eli isnt the answer in ny
    Would giant fans go for that?

  26. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    If it all ends tomorrow 6th all time passing yards ,stink that up your giggy
    ——————————————————————————–

    Stats are awesomse! Along with the 2 luckiest super bowl wins ever. The guy caught a ball on his helmet! Precision.

  27. Some quarterbacks can play well until they’re 40 and beyond (Brady/Brees) and other start a descent in their mid-30s (Manning). Aaron Rodgers could be next to hit the cliff.

  28. Eli goes down almost immediately when touched, that is not a good sign. He looks genuinely scared out there. That won’t matter if the o-line improves or not, because the fear of getting hit is already in his head, and Eli doesn’t come off as the “suck it up buttercup” type any way. He isn’t the team leader type. He isn’t the self-motivated type. He doesn’t deal well with adversity.

    The Giants should have drafted a QB this year instead of a running back. Yes, the running back they have is performing well early on, but fans shouldn’t read too much into that. The Giants have to be real careful about not relying too much on the rookie RB. Taking a running back who wasn’t an every down running back in college and making him one in the pros is basically setting him up to get injured with a very short career.

  29. plum54 said:”

    Eli Manning, needs to be remembered for ONE thing only. He sold FAKE game worn jerseys!! He’s a FRAUD!!! Should have been suspended!!! What a FRAUD!!! That is his legacy!!!!”

    —–

    At a minimum the league should have investigated it further and made it all public. I have always felt that the league and the media have always protected the Manning family.

    I used to be a huge Archie fan, but that all turned on a dime with the way that the Eli situation was handled when he came into the league.

    Sure, most of the Giants’ fans love the way it was handled, because he ended up on their team and through dumb luck ended up with two SB rings against Patriots’ teams that found various ways to throw up on their cleats and choke SB games away.

  30. Eli hasn’t played great but the O-line has been worse. Eli has always needed a clean pocket to be effective and he’s not getting it. People complaining about the checkdowns don’t seem to realize long patterns take time to develop. Time he’s not getting.
    Has his played dropped off? Sure
    Is he capable of being a solid QB with protection? Absolutely

  31. He’s always been an average quarterback at best.
    He will probably make it to the Hall of Fame based on his two Super Bowl wins which really he should be thanking his defense.
    That being said it’s time for the Giants to MoveOn.
    The Giants problems are deeper than him however it’s time they moved on from him.

  32. His Super Bowl playoff runs were legit. He played tremendously well throughout them so let’s give him credit for winning when he had the chance. For me, the rest of his career was average.

    Without those 2 Super Bowl runs and MVPs he’s not even Drew Bledsoe. But, we have to (and should) factor them in.

    Borderline HOF. He’ll probably get in because he’s likeable and a Manning.

  33. I guess the market for his “game-worn” jerseys is drying up?

    Were it not for Stickum and Mario Manningham’s catch he’d be in the same class as Josh McNown and Brad Johnson

    FRAUD

  34. Hey all Eli haters — clean up your room, put your toys away, ma’s calling. Get a life!

  35. The Giants are an unmitigated disaster.

    At this point…I’d keep rolling Eli out there so when you keep losing it doesnt look like you’re purposely tanking.

    Even if they take a first round QB next year (next years class of QBs isnt supposed to be too great) who’s blocking for him? Theyve got Solder straight stealing money….its gonna be bad for a minute. And let’s not talk about their defense.

  36. waldoampere says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    If the Giants organization had half a brain they’d be preparing to give Sam Darnold his first start next week.
    ____________________

    And then placing Darnold on IR the following week. A rookie QB wouldn’t stand a chance behind that o-line.

  37. More importantly, what does OBJ think since he seems to think now that his opinion matters.

  38. Irish Hoodlum says:
    October 12, 2018 at 10:37 pm
    Eli’s line was terrible last night. But even when he had time he was seeing ghosts and panicing and just throwing the check down. Eli was playing scared last night.
    __________________

    ESPN released an “advanced stat” that said Thursday night graded as the worst performance by an offensive line all season. Even Brady played scared in the SB when the Giants d-line were all over him.

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