As the New York Giants struggled to a 7-9 finish in 2013, quarterback Eli Manning faced the brunt of the criticism. After all, Manning finished his worst career season with only 18 touchdowns, while also tossing 27 interceptions (28 total turnovers). And although his futility is, in part, the fault of an injury-riddle and under-performing offensive line, a shaky running game and seemingly endless miscommunication with his receivers, the quarterback is a lightning rod. When things go back, it's his fault. When things go well, it's because he's leading the charge.
Alas, the offensive collapse was enough for team owners and General Manager Jerry Reese to flip the switch. And following the retirement of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the team also opted to let go of long-time assistants Jerald Ingram and Mike Pope. They also decided additional shuffles were necessary and removed Sean Ryan as quarterback coach — moving him, instead, back to wide receivers — hiring Danny Langsdorf to replace him.
And, although he's only been on the job a few short weeks, Langsdorf has been in contact with Eli and feels the veteran quarterback is more than motivated to return in 2014 and have a bounce-back season.
"Eli is real excited about getting back to work," Langsdorf told the Portland Tribune. "He threw a lot of interceptions. which is something both he and the Giants are concerned with. He was great on the phone. He is motivated to get back to work, to bounce back and have a better year."
In addition to working with Manning, Langsdorf expressed excitement in returning to work with Ben McAdoo, who was hired earlier this offseason to take over as the team's offensive coordinator.
"He has done a nice job, albeit in a short time, with the 49ers and the Packers," Langsdorf said of McAdoo. "He's well-respected. Knowing him and working with him before will make the transition easier for me."
Lots of change for Big Blue and it's probably safe to say everyone is excited to see what comes of it.
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