The decline of Eli Manning is a defining problem for the New York Giants, but head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t moving on from the longtime starter.
According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Manning will remain the quarterback heading into the Giants’ preparations for Week 7.
I asked Shurmur if a change at QB is on the table heading into this weekend off:
“No. We believe in Eli.”
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) October 12, 2018
Following a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants sit at 1-5 for the season and in no position to even threaten for the playoffs.
Manning’s ineffectiveness is not the only reason why. He is a significant one.
Though he boasts a career-high 68.7 completion percentage, the passes simply aren’t covering enough ground. Most of the time, Manning is simply tossing quick-hitters to receivers or checking the ball down to Saquon Barkley.
Sure, the rookie star and Odell Beckham Jr. occasionally making something out of nothing, but that’s not a winning strategy. The offensive line stinks, and Manning is no longer a quarterback who can elevate a scoring attack.
His days as New York’s starter are numbered. It’s just not as low as some Giants fans and NFL observers may think.