Eli Manning: I’m only worrying about Monday night

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When Giants head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that quarterback Eli Manning would start against the 49ers on Monday night, he said that he “explained to Eli that everybody needs to play better” and made no guarantees about what would happen at quarterback after Monday night’s game.

On Thursday, Manning said that “it’s always helpful to know where everyone stands” when asked about Shurmur’s message. That didn’t appear to be the relationship that Manning enjoyed with former head coach Ben McAdoo ahead of McAdoo’s decision to bench Manning last season, although one imagines it wouldn’t make it any easier to find out that the Giants no longer want him in the lineup.

Manning acknowledged the “urgency to get things going” without mentioning what might happen if he can’t do better, which makes sense because he said he’s only thinking about Monday night.

“We worry about this week,” Manning said, via NJ.com. “We have the 49ers. I have a job to do. I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.”

The Giants will be home to face the Buccaneers in Week 11 and any thoughts of making a change during a short week will likely be predicated on what the Giants get from Manning in Santa Clara on Monday.

41 responses to “Eli Manning: I’m only worrying about Monday night

  1. eli had the 32nd ranked o line in 2011 when the giants won the super bowl
    he can’t throw outside the numbers anymore
    maybe lauletta isn’t in the long term plans and shurmur knows it

  2. This has to be Eli’s last year, not only as Giant, but as a NFL player. He has declined so badly the last 4 years to the point he’s almost un-watchable. yes, a big part is his O-line…but he never helps them by just standing there waiting to get crushed.

  3. Thank you again NFL schedule makers. You have given me so many free Thursday and Monday nights this year. Anytime the Niners, Cowboys, or Giants are on, I can get a good night’s sleep. Won’t help tonight, but I appreciate the extra rest you provided by putting loser teams on Sunday and Monday this week.

  4. In fairness to Coach Bennett, he was going to let Eli continue to start in order to preserve his streak and dignity, but bring in Geno and the others late in games (since Eli would have blown it by then) to at least give the organization a sense of what all its other QBs could do before it went into the off season and the draft. But Eli pitched a fit and refused to split time, so Bennett had to bench him outright. He was not a good coach, but at this point it is pretty clear he had the right idea about the Giants needing to know whether they had to draft a QB this spring. They should have, didn’t, and now their ex coach can justifiably say I told you so while pursuing his true calling of providing muscle for 1980s era druglords.

  5. Too bad no one will buy one of your almost authentic but not quite jerseys from Monday night.

  6. He needs to retire after this season. I remember Willie Mays stumbling around in the outfield for the New York Mets long after his prime years. It was really hard to watch. It’s been a really good run Eli… it’s time to walk away. You have nothing left to prove to anybody.

  7. jason9696 says:
    November 8, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Tom Brady’s kryptonite. 🙂
    Brady has won 2 SBs since then, Eli has been the worst starting QB in the NFL.

  8. He should be worried. If he cannot beat the lowly Frisco 49ers and an undrafted, third string quarterback who was spending time on the practice squad the first half of the season, he will be unlikely to start the following week.

  9. I heard sports talkies debating whether Eli Manning belongs in the Hall Of Fame. My vote (if I had one) would be “no”. I am not one who puts much emphasis on winning a Super Bowl in judging a QB, because it takes more than 53 players to win one. So to me, the fact that Eli won two doesn’t mean a whole lot.
    To me, you must judge a player on how he compared to others in his era. When you do that, it’s clear to me that Eli Manning is not a Hall Of Fame QB. Let’s remember — the Hall Of Fame is supposed to be for the very best players. Not good ones, or very good ones. The best ones, only!
    There are already players who are not elite players who are in the Hall Of Fame. Adding Manning in 5 or 6 years would only add one more.

  10. 700levelvet says:
    November 8, 2018 at 1:53 pm
    2 games over .500 for his career. He’s never been Elite.
    Nice sound bite. But you know most of those losses have come in the last handful of years when he’s had nothing around him but one WR. Would have been great if he was in the AFCE all those years and padded his record like another QB we all know. No Peterman-led Bills to run a 26-3 record against.

    “never elite” is hate talk. Go watch the 2007 NFCCG in the -24 and tell me he wasn’t elite. Or the 2011 NFCCG at SF when he was slammed 30+ times.

    Now, like most QBs who hit 37, his career is coming to a close.

  11. Manning must have little to no self respect, knowing that this team really doesn’t want him as their quarterback anymore, but refusing to step aside.

  12. probably the lowest TV ratings in the last decade
    what a garbage presentation by the NFL
    what a garbage presentation to the fans of these teams

  13. Eli is only worried about Mon nite. Behind that pathetic line In no particular order he is most worried about losing his teeth, getting his ribs broken. A concussion, broken leg or shoulder. Today he was overheard on the phone checking with his medical carrier asking his deductible and if he has full dental coverage. He was disappointed to find out there is an additional charge if he has to be airlifted back to NY

  14. Here’s another sound bite…. His career passer rating is behind the likes of… Jay Cutler, Chad Pennington, Matt Schaub, David Garrard. Even Tannehills is better.

  15. justintuckrule says:
    November 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Nice sound bite. But you know most of those losses have come in the last handful of years when he’s had nothing around him but one WR. Would have been great if he was in the AFCE all those years and padded his record like another QB we all know. No Peterman-led Bills to run a 26-3 record against.
    Padded his stats?
    Brady has played a 1st place schedule virtually every year of his entire career.
    And somehow has the same winning % inside and outside the AFCE.
    And has never actually played a single game against Nathan Peterman.
    Otherwise good job.

  16. Eli has been a stand up guy his whole career. The media in NY can beat up on him but he has done the best he could without an doubt. He is not Brady or Brees, yet two rings are greater than most.

  17. No qb that has ever gone through the city of Philadelphia could navigate and survive The Big Apple 🍎 like Elisha !

  18. Donavan McNabb 24th all time passing and dropping ,,no Super Bowls, but he did throw up ,,,Eli 6th all time and still climbing ,will retire with two Super Bowls ,,Eagles fans have no knowledge of having a great quarterback but talk like they do !

  19. Eli doesn’t belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he will get in. As much as I hate to say it, two lucky SB rings due to the Patriots puking on their cleats and the last name of “Manning” is enough of a tipping point to put him in. It doesn’t matter how much of the rest of his career is nothing but pure garbage. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t have any leadership skills, and yet he plays at a position that normal screams leadership.

  20. Shurmur has to be seriously regretting letting himself getting talked in to staying with Eli Manning in 2018 (when he looked like he was toast last season) over drafting a QB high in the draft being the 2018 class was the best/deepest group of 1st round QB’s since 2004. Now Shurmur still badly needs a QB next season but the problem is the 2019 crop of QB’s is a very weak class and no one is worth drafting as high as NY will be picking now that Herbert is staying in school. New York royally messed up betting Eli had more in the tank.

  21. The end of this season has become like the end of last season, the #1 thing is to not pull Eli because Eli is more important than the team.

    If you do pull Eli, make sure his replacement doesn’t make Eli look bad by comparison. The Giants had the bye week to make Laulettea the starter and let him practice with the first team. Now, if they decide to replace Eli, it is a short week and Lauletta has not practiced with the starters.

    Set up the replacement to fail to protect Eli’s reputation.

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