Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says he still believes in New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Now-retired Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shared his thoughts on the Giants on the set of CBS’ “The NFL Today” on Thursday. When speaking on Manning, Romo had nothing but words of belief and encouragement for the long-time Big Blue quarterback.
“I think Eli can still play,” Romo said Thursday, per Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. “Eli is not that different than a lot of quarterbacks as you get older. You need help around you.
“They started to do some better things at the end of the year,” Romo stated. “For Eli, it will just come down to getting some talent up front. You can’t use the skill talent further than 8-10 yards down the field if you can’t open it up. It comes down to the offensive line. If he gets more time, he’ll be fine.”
I don’t think there’s a statement I’ve ever agreed with more. It comes down to the offensive line. That was the big issue for the offense throughout the entire season. They needed better production from the guys up front.
The offensive line allowed 47 sacks this season. It was the most times Manning had been sacked in his 15-year career. Out of the five-lowest Pro Football Focus grades for the Giants, three of them happened to be starting offensive lineman. Right tackle Chad Wheeler had the lowest PFF grade of 47.1, right guard Jamon Brown with the third-lowest of 51.7, and center Spencer Pulley had the fourth-lowest grade of 55.9.
And I don’t want to hear how Eli has so many weapons on the offensive side of the ball so he has no excuse. Romo is absolutely right saying they’re all almost useless if you don’t have protection up front. The Giants didn’t, and it became a big reason why they only won five games in 2018.