Only three years ago, Peyton Manning could barely grip a football, let alone throw one. A Super Bowl quarterback? Nobody had ever overcome those odds.
The man who will be in charge of revitalizing Eli Manning’s career is the same coach who helped Aaron Rodgers maintain his excellence.
“It just made it impossible for our quarterback to function,” the 62-year-old said. “(Eli Manning) is a guy where if you give him enough time, he’s always going to be throwing the ball to the right person.”
Bringing in a new offensive coordinator will only go so far. It will not ensure better execution or fewer turnovers and injuries. And it will not, in and of itself, fix Eli Manning.
“He has been with me from Day 1 as my quarterbacks coach and then my coordinator,” Manning said. “He really taught me everything I needed to learn to become an NFL quarterback.”
Kevin Gilbride, the longtime offensive coordinator who won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, retired Thursday.
Since when were we so dismissive of two Lombardi Trophies? Just 23 months ago we were wondering if Eli had a better career than brother Peyton. We’d already placed the Giants’ QB in the Hall of Fame.
The Giants co-owner spoke Monday about the many shortcomings of the team, including the offensive line, but did not point the blame at coach Tom Coughlin or general manager Jerry Reese.
The New York Giants missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, compiling a 7-9 record in 2013. It was only the second losing record under the leadership of Tom Coughlin as Giants head coach, who took command of the team in 2004. As the franchise’s leadership met the media after the final game of the season, one question was seemingly answered, while several other questions remained unanswered.
“You want to come back and prove to yourself and your teammates and your organization that you’re committed, and that I can play at the high level that I’ve been playing at in the past,” Manning told Joe & Evan.
The New York Giants limped past the lifeless Washington Redskins 20-6 in the rainy Meadowlands. New York lost quarterback Eli Manning to an ankle injury late in the first half, but rode two Jerrel Jernigan touchdowns to the victory. The loss likely ends the Mike Shanahan-era in Washington.
Tom Coughlin refused to discuss his future after Sunday’s win over the Redskins, but players said they would be surprised if he did not return.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hurt his left ankle late in the first half against the Washington Redskins. He will not return.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin refused to address questions about his future.
The Giants lost quarterback Eli Manning (ankle), receivers Rueben Randle (knee), Hakeem Nicks (ankle) and offensive tackle Will Beatty (broken leg) in the regular-season finale.