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.”