Real Giant fans know you have to take the good with the bad. QB Eli Manning can get you to – and win -the Super Bowl. We’ve seen it. Twice.
Those are the peaks and the perks of having Eli Manning as your QB. He can win you championships. He can also frustrate his coach, team and fanbase beyond words. He makes mistakes. Lots of them. So what.
This season, Bad Eli is wearing No. 10. We’re frustrated, but we understand he can pull a u-turn at any time and go on a roll. In the meantime, talk radio, blogs and anyone else with a voice are suggesting Eli be benched and even traded. Huh?
Admittedly, I have thought about Eli’s future out loud. When the Giants drafted Ryan Nassib, my imagination got away from me: What is this all about? Are the Giants thinking of letting Eli go in a few years…?
Hey, you never know what could happen, but Eli is going to be the Giants’ QB for a long, long time. As he goes, the Giants go. That’s the plan and the club is sticking to it.
The Giants fell flat on their faces this fall and Eli, who gets the credit when things are going good, is now taking the brunt of the heat. Yes, he deserves to take some, but people are piling on, now.
As usual, Eli is taking it all in stride. Tuning it all out. He knows the only thing that can change the public’s perception is a winning streak to pull his stumblebum team out of the basement.
“I’m not listening to what’s being said,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. “I know in the NFL or in anything you’re doing, it’s always a case of what have you done for me lately and each year you have to go out there and prove that you deserve to be at the position that you are and earn your (support) and earn your role, so you know, obviously I have to play better at a higher level but I know I can do that.”
Eli was asked about the suggestion he be benched, a notion Tom Coughlin practically laughed off.
“I’m not reading the papers so I don’t know it, but coach Coughlin knows that I’m going to work hard, I’m going to do everything that I can to try to do my part and play well and hopefully make the plays that I need to to win the game.”
The 0-6 start is unchartered terrain for many younger, or newer Giant fans. It’s all new to Eli, too:
“I don’t think I’ve ever lost six in a row, but hey, we’re going to bounce back and I think we’ve been playing better these last couple of weeks. We just have to find a way to finish the games that get into the fourth quarter and start playing even at a higher level in the fourth quarter.”
Eli was told that Coughlin believes the Giants can be winners with him again…
“I feel the same way. I guess it’s good to know that the coach has my back and I have to go out there and do my part and play the way that I know and he knows that I can play.”