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Giants Must Factor Injury Risk Vs. Potential Improvement for Eli Manning Over Final Two Games

December 21st, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

For the serious-minded football folks, the fear of a career-risky injury to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has remained in the forefront of thoughts during many of this season’s football games. There is only so much pummeling that a franchise quarterback can take behind an offensive line that makes the one former Giants backup signal-caller David Carr lined up (in early 2k years) and became shell-shocked behind look almost all-world.

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Instead of yelling at that turnstile of linemen that were supposed to protect him this year and demanding improvement begin there, Manning is always remarking on how he just wants to improve.

“I talked to coach” Manning said. “It never came up as a question whether I wanted to play or not and I never thought about it any other way but going out there and playing. I want to compete. I want to make improvements and try to run this offense more efficiently and go out there and try to do the best I can and try to get a win.”

While that’s commendable, there should be a point where, if during a game, attempts to win (i.e.: comeback) are futile, why not save him/his 32 year-old body which was sacked a career-high 36 times so far this season by pulling him out. Remember that sacks aren’t the only time Manning is hit. Being worried about the captain of the offense is a legit concern. Against the Seattle Seahawks, this was finally done as quarterback Curtis Painter saw some snaps under center.

Manning is only going to put himself out there to the media, but at what cost? He claims he has no worries playing behind linemen that were practice squad guys not long ago. Wait. What?

“We weren’t talking about the offensive line [to head coach Tom Coughlin], but just trying to get some ideas for this week and how to get the offense playing better, get me playing better and just some general thoughts of everything that’s gone on and how we can make some improvements quickly…I think our guys will be…They’ll be ready. They’ll compete.”

While the face of the franchise says the right things, the organization and the team need his talent around a bit longer. Manning denies an issue with his confidence, but to mask one with the guys in the trenches “protecting” is ludicrous. How many out there are up and trying to avoid a sack (from wherever you are) while in the pseudo-comfort of watching the games?

“That’s just part of it. You go out there and you’ve got to have confidence in them that they’re going to do their jobs, just like they have confidence I’m going to do my job and so it doesn’t change. Obviously you try to maybe do some things to protect that. … I have the confidence I can make the throws and do what I’ve got to do to win”, said Manning. “Sometimes in football…sometimes things don’t go your way and you can’t catch a break on some things. I know I’ve got to play better, but I know I can do that and get back to playing at a high level.”

As much as armchair coaches and general managers have “suggestions”, Manning also has a message for those who want him totally benched for these last two games in order to focus on 2014.

“I’m not focused on next year quite yet,” Manning said. “I’m still looking forward to this year and getting guys and getting better and making improvements.”


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Tags: Curtis Painter, David Carr, Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

4 Responses to “Giants Must Factor Injury Risk Vs. Potential Improvement for Eli Manning Over Final Two Games”

  1.  jb322 says:

    Eli has to be the most humble guy in sports. The fact that he NEVER tosses his teammates under the bus is one of the best things about him.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Nah, either you sit your guys for the rest of the year or let them play.

    no point in sitting them now, IMO. Whatever happens happens.

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    As per the other thread.

    Figures the one year our LB’s played decent (mainly bc of Beason), they have us mocked draftng a LB. lol.

    Personally, I like Mosley, I think he’s a fantastic player. But, i’d rather have had them draft Ogletree last year instead. I’m not opposed to the pick, i just think that we need more help on Offense.

  4.  buljos says:

    Eli’s always saying the right thing. Class act. His dad probably taught the boys that lesson early on. He’ll be great again once JR completes the line in front of him. Will he go O-lineman again with his 1st, for a second straight draft? I hope so. Jake Matthews will be gone, but if Cyrus Kouandjio is there, JR ought to grab him. Not entirely sure about Taylor Lewan and Cameron Erving being value that high in the 1st, but I’m sure JR will be checking them out at the combine. But JR’s not done… grab Alex Mack from Cleveland. If he can accomplish that, then in my humble opinion the Beatty-Boothe-Mack-Pugh-Kouandjio line would get Eli and his offense clicking again.

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