What’s Wrong With Eli?
The Giants beat the Raiders over the weekend but New York fans still haven’t seen enough out of Eli Manning to once again believe in him as they once did with the 2x Super Bowl MVP.
Like it or not, there’s something not right with the Giants quarterback.
“What I see with Eli Manning is inexplicable at this point in his career,” said ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski, on Mike & Mike, Monday morning. “Decision-making, eradic throwing, bad mechanics, sloppy at times – I can’t explain it.
“He has the system friendliness that you have to have, he knows what to do with the football … He’s just been off this season.”
Earlier in the season, excuses were made for Manning both inside and outside the organization that he was ‘trying to make too much happen’.
The first few games of the season, the Giants had the worse o-line in the League and Manning was on his back almost every other play. Could that still be affecting him?
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“Absolutely,” said Jaws. “It’s called ‘cabin pressure’. It’s the perceived pressure. It’s not there but you feel people around you.”
On Sunday, the Giants were up 14-10 towards the end of the first half when Manning threw a pick six, the third of the season.
“He’s always been one of those guys that when the play needed to be made, he seemed to make the play. Eli was usually the guy that got it done. He understood the critical times and when to manage those properly.”
Manning has an NFL-leading 16 interceptions, which is more than he had all of last season.
“It’s like a baseball batter, you get in a little bit of a slump and you have to work your way through it.”
If the 3-6 Giants want to get to eight wins and a possible post-season birth, Manning has to be better.