New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning spoke to Mike Francesa of WFAN on Monday regarding the Giants woes so far this season.
On Monday, legendary New York sports radio host Mike Francesa had legendary New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning call into the show. Of course, as there isn’t much else to discuss, Eli spoke on the disappointing Giants season thus far.
“It’s tough to go through this,” Manning said. “It’s tough to not win football games.” The Giants are now 1-5 after falling to the Eagles 34-13 on Thursday night. Although many Giants fans continue to support Eli, many are now calling for a change.
Many players, current and former have called Eli out, whether directly or indirectly. These players include former Giants backup quarterback Geno Smith and tight end Martellus Bennett, along with current star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Y’all owe my boy Mac an apology!!
— Geno (@GenoSmith3) October 12, 2018
Man these commentators have taken 150 shots at Odell tonight. Shut the fuck up. Talk about the game stop trying to vilify every single thing he does. The giants are a bad team and it's not because of him. Criticize how bad eli is playing.
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) October 12, 2018
“No one wants to hear criticism,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP stated on WFAN. However, he feels he still has the arm and the mechanics to make the throws he’s supposed to make.
This doesn’t mean Eli doesn’t think he’s a problem though within the offense. He mentioned, “Everybody’s gotta do their job better, including me.”
The stats from Manning aren’t horrible either this year. He’s completing 68.7 percent of his passes, along with having 1662 yards, six touchdowns, and four picks. However, one stat that Francesa brought up is the fact that Eli has been sacked 20 times through six games, the third most in the NFL. Yes, Eli can’t move nearly as much as other quarterbacks in this league, but the offensive line needs to adapt to that. The receivers also need to adapt to that and get open earlier on plays. It’s safe to say, the offense as a whole hasn’t adapted.
Eli definitely needs to step up a little more in games, but it’s the entire picture that’s the problem, and the reason Big Blue is at the bottom of the NFC East. Nonetheless, it definitely seems it’s nearing the very end for Eli as the quarterback in New York.