Week Fifteen Reactions-It's Not Over Yet (2/2)

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  1. Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) celebrate a sack on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

    Will We Be Seeing Eli as the Giants’ Starting QB Next Season?
    This season the two-time Super Bowl champ and former 1st from Ole Miss and the Giants have once again fallen short of the playoffs once again as they lost last Sunday to bring their record to a ghastly 5-9. The Giants’ 5-9 record has been due in part to starting QB Eli Manning’s lack-luster season. For the first time since his rookie season with the Giants, Manning has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. With 25 interceptions as compared to just 16 touchdowns, Manning has matched his career-worst number for amount of interceptions (he also threw 25 interceptions in 2010). The Giants embarrassing 23-0 loss to the Seahawks saw Manning and the Giants get held for a shameful 181 total yards as manning completely only 58% of his passes and got picked off 5 times. Not only that, but because Manning played so poorly against the Seahawks dominating defense, Tom Coughlin was forced to play back-up Curtis Painter. As evidenced by Manning’s performance this Sunday against Seattle, 2013 has been arguably the worst season of his career. Although he threw for 25 picks in 2010, he was also able to compliment those 25 interceptions with 4,002 yards and 31 TDs as the Giants went 12-4. However, this season Manning has only thrown for 16 TDs with only 243.5 yards per game (3,410 yards) and has fumbled 6 times. Unfortunately for Manning, this 2013 Giants squad doesn’t have the same amount of talent defensively as they did in 2010. As compared with 2010, the Giants D have allowed 3.7 more points per game (2010-21.8 points per game, 25.5 points per game) along with 25.6 more yards per game (2010-310.8 total yards per game, 2012-336.4 total yards per game). Not that those are huge number changes, but 3.7 points could be the difference between 12-4 and 5-9. Not only has it been the passing game that has been lacking, but also it has been the virtually non-existent running game that has attributed to the Giants losing ways. After Sophomore running back David Wilson fumbled the starting job early on, the Giants have yet to find a solid starting quarterback. Andre brown has stepped up to a certain extent but they’ve still only rushed for 83.5 yards per game (28th in the league). In reality the Giants have experienced a lot of costly injuries, injuries that not even the most prepared teams could survive. However, that still does not excuse Eli Manning’s poor performances this season. In 16 games this season, Manning has passed for 2 or more touchdowns only 3 times. 3 times. Even Sophomore QB Ryan Tannehill has more games with 2+ TDs than Manning (Tanny has 7 to Manning’s 3). Not that I’m saying that Manning should be benched in place of former Colt back-up Curtis Painter, but if something doesn’t change in New York, there is going to be big changes this off-season. Currently Manning is getting paid an outlandish $20.9 million in 2013, which ranks among tops in the league for QBs. If you don’t know just how much money $20.9 million is, let’s look at some figures. For every single game Manning plays this season, he’ll get paid $1.306 million, that’s approximately $21,766 per minute, $362 a second, about 42 times the amount a worker at Giants Stadium would make in a single hour. In this football fans opinion, the grossly over-paid Manning hasn’t earned a single penny of that $20.9  million contract. Had Manning not taken the G-Men to two Super Bowls and hadn’t been with the team for 10 years, I would cut him by the end of the season, but seeing as that the Giants don’t seem to have a liable replacement for Manning, they are going to have to stick with kid for the time being. I wouldn’t be surprised however if the Giants went out and drafted highly for perhaps a solid pocket-passing QB. In the long run though, this season for the Giants was over the moment it started. After losing 6 games in a row and allowing an average of 34.8 points per game in those 6 games, the Giants were basically destined for failure and their offense ensured them of that. Looking forward to these next two games for the Giants, there really isn’t much to look forward to. This week they’ll be going into hostile Detroit to take on the 7-7 Lions. At 5-9 all the Giants can really do is play spoilers to the Lions’ playoff chances and perhaps test out Curtis Painter against the Redskins at home week 17. Other than that, this season is really over yet for the Giants. Just like me and many faithful Cubs will say, “Wait till next year.”

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  • Jacob

    The “World’s Loudest Stadium” bit is going to rustle some jimmies over in Seattle. Their STADIUM is louder, but Arrowhead holds the world’s loudest fans.

    • guest

      Bring the guys back for the last home game..bet we take it back!

  • Joseph Bulger

    Nice piece on Eli, but I beg to differ. Eli’s the same Eli. His O-line’s a shadow of what he had in the Super Bowl seasons, and that’s the single biggest cause for their demise. He must have a stout line, because he’s not a scrambler. So he has been sacked and hit and pressured so many times this season that he’s just forcing it when he can. JR saw this coming, and tried to fix it in FA with Baas at Center (former 2nd round 49ers), Beatty at LT, and this year’s 1st round Pugh. What JR didn’t count on was the heart and soul of the line, pro bowler Chris Snee going on IR. John Madden once called Snee one of the best Guards in the league. Add to the IR woes Baas, and backup center Cordle. Diehl has been hurt as well, although he hasn’t been the same for a few years now. Pugh proved Coughlin wrong about rookies sitting, because he has been very good, probably better than every other O-lineman picked in the draft ahead of him. But that doesn’t help the double A gap pressure in Eli’s face. JR had to fix the D line this off season, and did so. This off season he’ll fix the O line, and Eli will have a “comeback” season because he’ll have more than 3 seconds to throw the ball. Of course, this situation can only get worse if Coughlin persists with his “play for respectability” idiocy, as he already got his best receiver Cruz hurt in a meaningless game, and apparently is willing to risk getting Eli hurt as well. The scrubs in front of him can’t even slow down Suh and Fairley. How is it respectable to unnecessarily risk a Theisman injury to your franchise QB with half a dozen years left on him? Additionally, there’s active roster talent on the bench who will be on the team in 2014, and could really benefit from regular season game reps. If Coughlin and Gilbride had their heads on straight, they’d start Eli for a series, and go with Nassib, who’s a much more mobile QB than Eli ever was, so he won’t be a sitting duck back there. Nassib needs these reps, and JR needs to see what he’s got for a QB already on the roster. He’s not 1st round talent and therefore not Eli’s relief? That argument didn’t hold water for Brady, Romo, Foles, etc. who weren’t brought in to ever start, yet they showed what they had on the field. Give Nassib a shot… ya never know. There’s a 6th round pick starting at QB in New England, and an undrafted QB starting in Dallas. Or, continue to risk piling up starter injuries like Cruz in meaningless games for “respectability,” and keep your 4th round QB from getting regular season reps so you can carry 3 QBs next season too.

  • Cheyenne Kid

    You forgot to clarify that the #1 seed can be won, but they are not In control of that destiny. The Broncos are the team in control that can win out and get the #1 seed. K.C. can only get it if the Broncos fail to win their last two games with the Texans and Raiders, both games highly favored for the Broncos to prevail. But any given Sunday things can change as we saw in week 16. Probably not as many upsets as week 15!

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      The broncos only need to lose one game and the chiefs need to win out.

      • sidibeke

        Yes, but Den has to lose to Hou or Oak. Not likely, but still a chance.

        • Cheyenne Kid

          I did say on any given Sunday. I prefer our schedule over yours. As it turned out you have a tougher finish. Could be a couple of shootouts for you guys to end the season!

          • sidibeke

            Agreed on both counts. As for the shootout, I’m actually hoping Justin Houston’s return to the lineup helps settle the D and we don’t give up quite as many points. They ought to both be good games however it goes, though.

          • Cheyenne Kid

            Yeah, we will be getting back Champ this week and Rahim Moore by the playoffs and just signed Jeremy Mincey to help our d-line. Houston’s return should help, but it still should be great to watch. Done with one fantasy league and in championship game in my other so dont have so much to keep track of and decisions made. With the way the league put the schedule together some big games are in these last two weeks! Should be enjoyable to see what happens!

  • John Sucharski

    Eli got 2 Superbowls B the helmet catch was cool but lucky as shit . He’s a Romo average good QB. But not elite Like Payton Brady Rogers

  • John Sucharski

    Not even in the top 8-10 QBs. His brother kicked his what twice now !!!