Frustrating quarterback Eli Manning again struggled in the Giants’ 35-24 victory over the New York Jets on Friday night at MetLife Stadium.
The 33-year-old Manning has now only hit 19-of-37 attempts for 188 yards in four preseason games.
Ben McAdoo, who was employed for eight years with the Green Bay Packers, became the Giants’ offensive coordinator on January 14.
Among numerous tasks, McAdoo must correct Manning and teach his chucker the West Coast offense.
Manning has always targeted receivers vertically and McAdoo’s system is speedy and predicated on timing.
Following a miserable 2013 campaign, Manning had ankle surgery on April 10 and didn’t participate in organized team activities this past spring.
New York could have extended Manning’s contract before he underwent the knife and gained significant cap relief.
However, fearing a decline under center, general manager Jerry Reese wasn’t willing to renegotiate with Manning.
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Manning tossed 18 touchdowns, against 27 interceptions, for 3,818 yards last season.
Even more worrisome, the two-time Super Bowl MVP completed an atrocious 57.5 percent of his 551 passes.
Since getting drafted first overall out of Mississippi in 2004, Manning’s thrown 229 scores, in comparison to 171 picks, for 35,345 yards over 153 contests.
Owning the current record for consecutive starts by a passer, Peyton’s brother possesses tremendous arm strength and releases the ball with great zip.
Unfortunately, teaming with brittle catchers and substandard protectors, Manning has been further exposed as an inaccurate turnover machine.
With Manning directing the league’s 28th ranked attack, Big Blue finished 7-9 and again failed to make the playoffs.
To reenergize Manning and help spearhead his rebound, the Giants signed four linemen, added electric wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., and lured McAdoo from Green Bay.
Despite his ample drawbacks and status as a permanent headache, Manning exudes confidence, never gets rattled and consistently exhibits testicular fortitude.
Plus, facing a relatively easy September schedule, the three-time Pro Bowl selection will have time to embrace McAdoo’s fresh philosophy and quiet his critics.
If provided with adequate blocking, Manning should rally and hear more cheers than boos this autumn in the swamps of Jersey.
Hence, dismissing meaningless August stumbles, expect Eli Manning to thrive and contend for the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year award.by