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New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Can Eli Manning Rejoin the Elite Ranks?

June 29th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! As we gear up for another long week of no football, we offer you the following headlines to enjoy over your morning coffee.

Bob Robustelli Wins Wellington Mara Award

Bobby Robustelli, a coach in the Springdale Little League for the last 29 years, was honored by the Mickey Lione Jr. Fund last week as its fifth recipient of the Wellington Mara Award.

Robustelli, a member of one of Stamford's most famous sports families, was given a plaque and the Springdale Little League received a check for $2,500.

Robustelli first started coaching as an assistant to his brother in law, NBA referee Bennett Salvatore, and despite having no kids of his own playing has continued to be one of the league's best and most popular coaches, not just for the championships he has won but the values he has instilled in young players.

How Eli Manning Can Rejoin NFL's Quarterback Elite

Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions in 2013 for the third time in nine full seasons as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. Just days after his Giants finished a late-season rally, clawing up to a respectable 7-9, Manning turned 33 years old.

In the minds of many football fans, Manning is still his big brother's little brother, a fresh-faced kid with a lot of growing up to do. But with a decade in the NFL and two Super Bowl rings to his credit, he's a full-grown man. In fact, he's in the homestretch of his career; most chapters of his NFL story have been written.

Depending on how the final few chapters go, Manning could be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation—or as a serviceable starter who got lucky a couple of times.

Johnathan Hankins: How He Proved Capable to Giants of Replacing Linval Joseph

When the Giants allowed Linval Joseph to walk this offseason with little or no resistance, it became obvious that they viewed last year's second-round pick Johnathan Hankins as his heir apparent.

Nothing that the team has said or done in the months since has altered that line of thinking.

"It's his turn," coach Tom Coughlin said during OTAs. "That's why he's here."

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Tags: Eli Manning, Football, Johnathan Hankins, Linval Joseph, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Wellington Mara

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2 Responses to “New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Can Eli Manning Rejoin the Elite Ranks?”

  1.  Krow says:

    If he can’t then we’re in a lot deeper hole than we think.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    The good news bad news. The good news is Spring/Summer practice sessions are the best a team will look all year long. The bad news is “Spring/Summer practice sessions are the best a team will look all year long”.
    In other words, its all down hill from here.

    Way too many key offensive and defensive positions in flux to look for a sliver lining this year. Next year provided the offensive line overhaul is completed and a legit defensive end and MIKE backer are found the club should be off the hook.
    And you have to throw in tight end for good measure. Damn Detroit…………….

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