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Eli Manning on New York Giants Offense: “It’s not Good Enough, but I’m not Concerned”

August 18th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Douglas Rush

Despite a 27-26 comeback victory for the New York Giants this past weekend over the Indianapolis Colts that has the Giants at 3-0 this preseason, the starting offense has come under heavy fire, especially after this past Saturday.

Eli Manning himself, went 1-for-7, was nearly intercepted twice and was sacked once and because the offense couldn't generate anything early on, the Colts were able to take a 26-0 lead over the Giants (that was of course, before the Giants scored 27 unanswered points.) But the comeback isn't what is being talked about, it's the Giants struggles on offense and the inability to pick up the new offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.

Manning talked about the struggles of the offense on Saturday night and what exactly went wrong, which according to the two-time Super Bowl MVP, was quite a bit.

"Well, it just wasn't good enough. We didn't do a very good job on third down," Manning said in an on-field interview. "I felt like we had a couple of opportunities to hit some big plays, we just didn't complete them. The go-route to Victor (Cruz), and then had another chance I thought on a go-route to (Jerrel) Jernigan. But besides that, we just had some mistakes. We weren't efficient enough running the ball or throwing the ball tonight. So overall, not very good by the starting group."

The talks about the offense have gotten so bad, it's started discussions all over Giants fan boards about Ryan Nassib being the guy who should take over as the starting quarterback as opposed to Manning (yes, as ridiculous as that statement sounds, it's being uttered all over the place.) Yet despite all of the struggles from the offense, the 33-year-old isn't worried heading into the season.

"No, I'm not concerned right now, but we know we've got to get better," he said. "We've got to play better. We've got to start executing better and start making some plays."

Manning and his offense will look to show improvement this coming Saturday when they take on the New York Jets; a game that could feature the debut of the team's first round draft pick in Odell Beckham Jr., who could certainly help breathe some life into a struggling offense.


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53 Responses to “Eli Manning on New York Giants Offense: “It’s not Good Enough, but I’m not Concerned””

  1.  Krow says:

    This kind of sums up the team attitude … not concerned … like whatever.

    •  James Stoll says:

      if you are Eli why would you be concerned?
      you make 16M/year and you are the 32d best QB in the League

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        “What me worry”

      •  Krow says:

        Because the right answer is … “You’re damned right I’m concerned. And some guys had better start playing like hard nosed professionals if they want to keep their jobs. We suck. And that’s not acceptable. We’re the New York effing Giants **** it.”

        … or words to that effect. And maybe it’s not Eli who should be saying them. But someone should.

        •  Kettles78 says:

          He kind of did in his own Eli way. By those quotes I don’t see him putting a positive spin on any aspect of the starters

          •  Krow says:

            There has to be somebody on that team who won’t tolerate this level of play … somebody … anybody.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        i think Eli makes more like 20M/year. Also, Eli is much better than 32nd. Perhaps, his Oline is 32nd.

  2.  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    For those of u that do not recognize the quote from Alfre E.

  3.  ERICHONIUS says:

    On Corey Washington, Marcus Harris:
    I think we will likely cut one of these two. The reason is Preston Parker. Since Parker can return punts he is on this team despite whether the other two are better. If I am not mistaken, Parker also got more time with the second offense. Sorry guys but IMO Parker is in, Harris or Washington is out. I hope we keep Washington.

    •  James Stoll says:

      you might be right; I hope not
      I say can JJ and Randal on the 26th
      they both stink, have always stunk, will always stink

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        We have other people that can return punts as well.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        don’t be ridiculous Randle does not stink. 600 yards and 6 TDs is not terrible. Especially given that he was our 3rd WR AND our offense was hampered by an inept Oline

        •  James Stoll says:

          Randal stinks
          book it
          bank it
          600 yards (or 37 yards a game) on a 7-9 team (that but for 5 games against 3d string QBs would have been 2-14)in garbage time when the games were out of hand is a meaningless stat
          watch him play
          always running the wrong route
          iffy hands


          •  Kettles78 says:

            Ok negative nelly. lol

            your on your miserable roll again i see. lets drop Randle who has talent for what Parker has done against 3rd and 4th stringers. I like Parker too but nelly your getting a bit much again

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I guess I just have to leave this place alone for a little. So as the leader Eli is suppose to lack confidence after barely over a game in preseason snaps? Come on, y’all are killing me today. It’s one thing to act like crazy fans but then be mad when your QB shows confidence that I don’t get.

    •  Krow says:

      Concern … he says he lacks concern. Not confidence.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        That’s the point. That’s how he’s suppose to feel. He shouldn’t lack confidence. If he does then we are in real trouble. Players have to believe even if fickle fans don’t. And at this point if he was concerned that would be a real issue.

        •  Krow says:

          How can anyone look at what’s been put on the field and be unconcerned? You can’t fix a problem if you deny it exists. We need to get p1ssed off … smell the coffee … and get this straightened out.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        The two (confidence, concern) are linked wouldn’t you say? Eli saying he is not concerned is equivalent to saying he is confident that the offense will perform better. While if he said he is concerned it would be equivalent to saying he is not confident. Therefore, GOAT’s inference is logical.

        •  Krow says:

          Memory may not serve me, but I think this is called an Inductive Fallacy.

          •  ERICHONIUS says:

            explain how my argument is fallacious.

            •  Krow says:

              You assume linkage of emotions … then draw a conclusion based on your assumption. This is a good opinion, and may even be true. But it’s not something you can site as logically derivative.

              •  ERICHONIUS says:

                definition of Confidence: the feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true.

                definition of concern: worry

                Definition of worry: a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.

                So if you feel confidence in the offense is to be CERTIAN that it will perform better. While concern about the offense would be UNCERTAINTY over whether it will perform better. Since the definition of each term exclude one another it is logical that a person could not feel both.

                Now you CAN worry whether the offense will be ready for game one yet confident that it will be good by game 10. But since those are two separate conditions (in other words the offense can be both bad in game one and good by game 10). my assumption is that GOAT’s statement is that concern/ lack-of-confidence of Eli is torward the same condition.

    •  James Stoll says:

      we are all just reacting — perhaps over-reacting — to what we are seeing, which looks eerily similar to what we saw last year, and if it is the same we know that means lose, lose, lose, to start and then watch the next 13 meaningless games conflicted between wanting your team to win and angling for the highest possible draft pick

      we don’t know it will be that way but the scant evidence provided so far suggests strongly that it will be that way

      •  Krow says:

        All I’m saying is that there should be more emotion. We’re playing lousy and no one seems upset by that.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          Confidence is more important that being upset. That’s what TC’s purpose is in this process. It’s the preseason. If it were opposite you wouldn’t want them talking 18-0. They can’t feel that connected to preseason results good or bad. Of course they want to do better but if our QB was going crazy after these results playing in a new offense then I really would be concerned. If there’s not cause for concern that’s what he should project.

          •  Krow says:

            Confidence … is not the issue. Any sane person should be concerned about how the offense is playing. Aren’t you?

            •  GOAT56 says:

              Any fan has some concern. A player if there are fixable issues shouldn’t be. It can often be little things that keep plays from working in the NFL. Eli shouldn’t be concerned. As fans it’s fair to be concerned, I do have some concern just to the crisis panic that some have fallen victim to.

  5.  James Stoll says:

    Projecting to the first regular season game, if I’m the giants and I win the toss, I defer let the Lions take the ball, hope our defense holds them to one first down or less and we get the ball outside our own 35
    we need to play for field position and hope they make a mistake that allows either a defensive score or FG’s that don’t depend on the offense first moving the ball

  6.  ERICHONIUS says:

    If you look back at the chargers last year they also struggled during the preseason while installing a new offense. The chargers turned out alright. I’m not saing that it is certain that the giants will look better during the season. However, what are your expectations? That the giants were going to learn a new offense overnight and turn into the broncos week 1,2,3 of the preseason?

    •  James Stoll says:

      no; that they actually can get a first down on 3 consecutive plays without a penalty against the other team’s starters, and then do it again

      they haven’t done that yet

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Krow because as a player you know what the issues are and you feel like you can correct them. It’s different not having the details like us fans, even I have some concerns. But Eli should have those concerns if the issues he feels like can easily be fixed. you get crazy when you don’t know the answers and if Eli didn’t know the answers after only 3 preseason games then we really would be in trouble.

    •  Krow says:

      I’m not saying Eli needs to suddenly be the tough guy. It’s not his personality. But someone has to lead this bunch. Maybe Rolle … maybe Beason. But someone needs to get mad.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Eli is being a cool and calm gut that’s what he does and has won that way. You stay who you are or those around you may panic. 3 games into preseason is no panic time. Leading in the manner you’re talking is not needed at this point. You’re overrating. You’re acting like we started 0-3 in the regular season.

    •  James Stoll says:

      you can’t listen to players or coaches one way or the other (exception being Parcells)
      especially this time of year they have to be positive, upbeat and confident
      that’s why Eli is always saying we had lots of opportunities, just little things to fix here and there, we made ggod decisions, yada yada yada
      of course as Parcells famously said: you are what your record says you are, and so right now we have a clean slate
      but sometimes you have to believe your lyin’ eyes
      for sure, if the Giants first offense put up 1 TD against the 1′s in game 1, 2 against the 1′s in game 2, and 3 against the 1′s in game 3, we’d be buying playoff tickets right now
      it works both ways

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    ERICHONIUS – you’re point about Parker is something I was talkign about last week. But during more reading there seems to be a strong hint ODB will be the PR. maybe I’m reading things wrong but that’s the feel I get. Washington is on the team because he provides a presence we simply do not have from other players. Harris would be the odd guy out. But I think Harris is actually the most complete WR out of the 3 players. I think who ever returns punts first team next game is the guy or possibly we may be subject to Randle again. Jernigan and James blew their chances and Hosley might have a chance if he wasn’t suspended.

    •  James Stoll says:

      if at least 1 of Jernigan and Randal is not cut I will demand Reese’s and Coughlin’s heads

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        My bet is JJ, Randle is 6’3 and has abilities JJ doesn’t, even though the problems with him you pointed out prevent Randle from reaching any of his potential.

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      i think it is likely this team will want multiple options at Punt returner in case of injury. Especially when ODB has not even played yet and has hardly practiced. ODB represents an unknown in terms of durability so it is likely, IMO, that we keep Parker as well.

  9.  skinnydoogan says:

    Been laying low today watching you guys (the forces of negative and positive) battle it out. I don’t think any of us can be real confident in what we are seeing right now, even the “pillars” of the team look lost, confused and out of sync. It may be a long season or two before the ship gets pointed in the right direction, that is what a rebuild is, and we are witnessing one right now.

  10.  skinnydoogan says:

    The more I see, the more I think JPP is a one hit wonder, and Eli is shell shocked from the last 2 years, these are the two guys who are supposed to lead us into the light.

    •  James Stoll says:

      u could be right
      I think it is 50/50 right now that we are watching the last 2 seasons of Eli’s Giant career
      another sub.500 year with more INTs than TDs and you simply can’t extend his contract which then brings the team to a cross-roads: last year of his contract at 17M with a new head coach trying to build with his guys
      if we finish 5-11 or worse and are in the top 5 picks, JR will almost have to take a QB and that will spell the end

      JPP is tough to figure out
      so dominant in 2011
      so pedestrian since

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