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Detroit Lions’ Jim Caldwell on Eli Manning: If You Underestimate Him, He’ll Make You Pay

September 4th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Throughout the entire offseason, during training camp and right up until the conclusion of the preseason, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning appeared to be verbally beaten from every angle. Anyone with any sort of a platform — from fans to analysts — have taken aim at the two-time Super Bowl MVP, questioning his skill level, his age, his IQ, his looks, his ability to succeed in a West Coast-style offense and pretty much anything else you can possibly imagine. It's for the reason, we've dubbed 2014 the "Year of Eli Bashing."

But that bashing took a backseat on Thursday as Manning drew praise from a rather unlikely source: Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.

"What I see is a very talented guy who certainly has unique abilities to move his team and score, which no matter what the stats might say, this guy is dangerous, and I think he has proven that over time," Caldwell said. "You don’t win two Super Bowls without having an unusual skill set. I happen to know a bit about his family. I know one thing, and that is you better prepare for him just like you would anybody else that is as talented as him. He can hurt you."

Despite the Giants' offensive struggles during the preseason, Caldwell thoroughly warned his team that if they underestimate the youngest Manning, he will beat them. Accordingly, he and the Detroit Lions are ready for a far better product than what Big Blue put on the field during their five preseason games.

"Eli is a hard worker, dedicated to his craft and a great leader," Caldwell added. "I don’t think there is any point in time where he is not starting the season with great resolve and trying to find a way to better every single day. Like I told our guys, ‘You better get ready for this guy because he is a very talented individual and he’s been around the block a little bit.’ "

Earlier on Thursday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shared some similar sentiments about Manning, saying his quarterback is extremely focused and you can see it in his face that he's ready to return to an elite level.

Whether or not the Giants' new-look offense gels in time for that to occur on Monday remains to be seen, but just in case, Jim Caldwell and the Detroit Lions are certainly preparing for it.

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13 Responses to “Detroit Lions’ Jim Caldwell on Eli Manning: If You Underestimate Him, He’ll Make You Pay”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, Caldwell actually knows what he’s talking about. Like he said, Eli will hurt you and underestimating him is a huge mistake. And, yeah, winning two Super Bowls while being the MVP in both means you have special skills, one of which is winning big games, which a LOT of big-armed, impressive-looking, quarterbacks never master.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I have to say, at this point we should probably have a special room for Corey Washington in the Giants 101 Hall of Fame. He’s the wonderful “potential” that has never had to face tough opposition yet so the dream continues.

    But if you think that this kid is going to be better, right now, than Reuben Randle or Jerrel Jernigan, you’re nuts.

    If I’m the coaches I go with Randle, Cruz (in the slot….don’t put the best slot receiver in the NFL in a position where he’s just okay), and Jernigan, with Washington perhaps getting some snaps in the Red Zone where he could win on a fade route.

  3.  Dirt says:

    Only a few more hours left of the Cowboys in first place

  4.  Krow says:

    Hard to stomach all this pre-game garbage.

  5.  Krow says:

    The Seahawks have had more WR separation already tonight than we had all last year.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    So how does the best QB in the league look when he has no protection?

    If Rodgers were Eli he’d be crucified for this performance.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    The Seahawks don’t even need the 12th Man tonight. They’re just a far superior team.

  8.  Baldwin says:

    Caldwell won’t have to worry about Eli. Eli’s weak Oline and pathetic tight ends will make sure of that. I’m watching this Seahawks game and can’t help wondering what the hell Jerry Reese has been doing. Smh

  9.  T-Thom97 says:

    ff55…. I said the exact same thing tonight when watching the game with my friends…. If that was eli, everyone would be killing him tomorrow!

  10.  Krow says:

    It’s pretty obvious that Russell Wilson died and went to heaven. He’s got no deep ball. The offense is simple as hell. His running game is great. The defense is the best in the NFL. They protect him … ask him to do very little … and they seldom play from behind so they never deviate from the game plan. It’s QB nirvana.

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