New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning may be a two-time Super Bowl MVP, but in his entire NFL career he's had to learn but one offensive system. That changes in 2014 with the addition of Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator, and despite Manning's high football IQ and impressive work ethic, ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Ron Jaworski, anticipates it will be a difficult and potentially problematic adjustment for Eli.
"It will be an adjustment for Eli. I can't just say it's going to be great," Jaworski said at his celebrity golf challenge last week. "It's going to take some time. In my career, I played for four different teams in a lot of different systems, and it's like learning another language. It takes time, so it will be interesting to see how quickly Eli can assimilate into a new offense."
Manning admitted late last month that it was a lot to process and that his mind was "swimming," but added that after 10 years in the league it's a bit easier of an adjustment than had he been in the early stages of his career. Still, not being able to participate on the field with his new teammates may, ultimately, stunt the transition a bit.
"It's just not a given that you're going to change the offense and everything is going to be fine," Jaworski added. "You have to work hard at it, and NFL quarterbacks all bust their butts now anyways. But it is going to take some time for all those guys in new systems."
Although Manning and the rest of the offense will eventually find a rhythm, all preseason games and the first several regular season games will be very telling. The Giants just hope they have enough of a grasp on it to not be completely overwhelmed early on in the season.
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