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Pat Shurmur Will Soon Face A Difficult Decision On Eli Manning's Future

The 2018 season has been a catastrophe for the New York Giants so far, and it doesn’t look like things will be getting better anytime soon. First-year head coach Pat Shurmur could not have dreamt up a worse start to his tenure with the Giants, and he soon might be facing a tough decision about the future of the team’s two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
During a press conference the day after Thursday night’s 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Shurmur was asked if he was considering a change at quarterback. His response was simple.

Pat Shurmur: "We believe in Eli" pic.twitter.com/hB2msa6pFd
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) October 12, 2018

Eli Manning is Shurmur’s guy, at least for now. If the Giants continue to play as poorly as they have through the first six games however, it would be hard to justify not playing rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta at some point later in the season.
It would be unfair to only blame Manning for the Giants’ offensive struggles. The offensive line has done a horrendous job of protecting him. He has already been sacked 20 times in six games. The lack of protection has forced Manning to get rid of the ball quickly and throw check-down passes. He usually has not had enough time to throw deep passes.
That being said, Manning has not exactly had his best season. His completion percentage is currently 68.7 and he is averaging only 277 passing yards per game. Manning has thrown just six touchdowns and has been intercepted four times. The 37-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP is finally starting to look like he is reaching the end of his career.
Giant fans probably don’t want to hear this, but it could be time to move on from Manning soon. Shurmur cannot make the same mistake that Ben McAdoo made last season. McAdoo did bench Manning, but it was only for one game and he started veteran quarterback Geno Smith instead of rookie David Webb. If Shurmur does decide to start a different quarterback at some point this year, he has to play Lauletta. The Giants never got to see what Webb could do, and he ended up getting cut right before the start of the 2018 season.
Right now, it’s unclear who the Giants starting quarterback is going to be next year. If the Giants season continues to crumble, Shurmur will hear more calls to start Lauletta. As much as Manning has meant to this franchise, his time is starting to come to an end. The only way we’ll be able to see what Lauletta can do in the NFL is if Shurmur plays him. This might happen sooner than you think.


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New York Giants season is a mess, but Saquon Barkley has ability to be the best

After a dismal performance on Thursday Night Football put the New York Giants at 1-5 on the season, it’s hard to imagine that the team is going to get back in the race for the postseason this year.
Eli Manning has struggled, Odell Beckham seems close to complete breakdown and the offensive line is putrid. But it hasn’t all been negative.
Saquon Barkley is an absolute animal and is everything he was hyped up to be when entering the draft. The Giants selected him with the No. 2 overall pick and though some will argue that the team should have chosen one of the top quarterbacks to eventually succeed Manning, Barkley was the right choice.
Just watching Barkley on Thursday night was all the evidence one should need in determining just how good this guy can be, even if that was the first time you’ve seen him play this season.
He finished the game with 229 total yards (130 rushing, 99 receiving) on 22 touches. That is an average of 10.4 yards per touch! He also became the first player in NFL history to record 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first six games of his career.
He hits the hole with a great burst and shows tremendous cutback ability. He makes guys miss and powers through tackles. He can catch the ball and make tacklers miss in space and when he senses the end zone, his breakaway speed sets him apart from nearly every other running back.

.@Saquon takes off for a 50-YARD TOUCHDOWN. #PHIvsNYG pic.twitter.com/yvzssLoion
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 12, 2018

He’s special. You could use a slew of other descriptive words, but this guy is special.
How good can he be? The league has a lot of great running backs. Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell (whenever he decides he wants to play again), are all in the conversation as the best running back in the league.
But Barkley is just 21 years old. Not only does he have all of that God-given ability, he’s an even better person off of the field, something you can’t always say.
While some would argue that Barkley’s talent is being wasted due to the team he plays for, that is something that will (we hope) get corrected.
The NFL is full of exceptional talent. Patrick Mahomes is turning heads in his first season as a starting quarterback. Aaron Donald is a physical force as a defensive lineman as is Khalil Mack. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are athletic freaks at the wide receiver position.
And the list goes on….
But Barkley will be the best. Yes, the best. As in best player in the entire NFL. He could be recognized as that as early as next season too, he’s that good.
Now it’s up to the Giants’ front office to recognize what they were fortunate enough to come across and properly build around him.
 


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New York Giants: Don't Blame Eli Manning for the Team's Issues

Is there a player in the NFL who is currently scrutinized more than New York Giants veteran quarterback, Eli Manning? It’s highly doubtful. Man, the last Manning in the NFL sure isn’t having a great ending to his career. A few years back, Eli’s brother Peyton might not have been in the most excellent shape as a quarterback, but at least he got to ride off into the sunset.
Eli, on the other hand, is going to end up getting cut loose from a team that can’t seem to win more than a few games. Honestly, it’s not his fault. I am here to defend Eli Manning. Not because I think that he’s actually secretly playing well or anything. But because the Giants should’ve never assumed that they could keep rolling with Manning under center in the first place.
You can’t get on social media without seeing Eli Manning criticism filling up the timelines of the internet. Giants fans are angry, and all outsider fans are laughing. Yes, the Eli face can be funny when he makes his millionth mistake of the season, but it’s starting to get to the point where it’s so hard not to feel for the guy.
Why Blame Manning For Everything?
Manning’s retirement is at least a good two seasons overdue at this point. But how can you blame the guy for wanting to play more football? The Giants keep bringing him back, so why wouldn’t he continue to play the game that he loves, and the game that he gets paid to play?
Stop blaming Eli Manning for playing bad. Blame the New York Giants for believing that he could still play at an elite level after what we all saw last season. The front office is clueless. They swore he had multiple years left before the season began, and they will continue to stick with him now.
There’s no way anybody could possibly put Manning at fault for these issues. Players never want to stop playing the game. Do you see Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson (Ochocinco?) and many others on Twitter? They are players well over 40 who haven’t played football in years, who swear they can still ball. They would sign a contract to back on the field in a heartbeat.
So, how could anyone get mad at Eli Manning for saying that he thinks he can still play quarterback at a high level? At least he has confidence. Sure, it’s laughable when he says it because we all can see that he’s not, but what’s he supposed to say when a team is counting on him? “I can’t do this anymore?” Of course not.
Just applaud Manning for his confidence, and hope that the Giants give him a sweet pep talk after this season in hopes that he hangs it up. If not, then they have no choice but to cut him loose. He’s finished. It was a good effort, but it should’ve never come to this in the first place. Just cut the man some slack, and point the finger at the Giants at this point.
 


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