It's not unusual for Archie Manning to step in and stand up for his sons — primarily, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. So as the blame continues to reign down upon the two-time Super Bowl MVP, ole Dad decided, once again, it was time to speak up in defense of his boy, who he feels is "dying" just like every other member of Big Blue.
“Eli doesn’t go too high or too low,” Archie told the New York Daily News. “He’s dying just like everyone on the Giants. He hates what’s going on but he’s plugging. He’s fighting, just like the rest of them.”
One of the problems, says Archie, is that analysis of players today is too individualized. In a team sport where each player impacts those around them, grades and criticism are handed down on an individual level. Case in point: in 10 NFL seasons, Eli Manning has 164 interception, but 41 of those have come off of tipped or dropped passes. That leads the league over that span (Drew Brees is second with 35), but only Manning routinely receives criticism for those mistakes.
“That’s one of the problems we have in analyzing football now,” Archie added. “We kind of put the quarterback in an individual thing. When Eli led the Giants to championships here, it’s because they had a good team and they ran the ball. They balanced the offense. They got after the quarterback. For various reasons, the Giants haven’t been able to do that this year. And Eli’s done his part — he hasn’t played as good, but the Giants haven’t played as good. I don’t individualize a quarterback.”
Archie isn't wrong, but there's also no room to pass blame. Eli doesn't do it, so it's difficult to listen to someone else who tried to. Ultimately, Eli assumes complete and total responsibility — as any leader should — even when things aren't his fault. Even when 25% of his career interceptions come off of catchable passes.
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