From SNYGiants contributor Craig Santucci:
There are 32 teams in the NFL. Roughly 13 of those teams have a special type of quarterback:
Brees, Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Ryan, Luck, Wilson, Roethlisberger, Cutler, Stafford, Dalton, Flacco, Kaepernick… one might even put Tannehill on that list; however, one thing everyone agrees on is the quarterback is the most important position on the field.
They get paid more than any other position, they receive the bulk of the endorsements, the bulk of the responsibility and they have the highest visibility. The rules of the game have even changed to protect these special athlete’s, so if this one special player is the sole reason you can compete for a championship… why would you leave this player unprotected?
Eli Manning cost the Giants any fighting chance they had at winning the game vs. Philadelphia Eagles Sunday and despite the three interceptions, the multiple “grounding” penalties, bad passes into double coverage and unnecessary time outs called. This does not happen if Jerry Reese does his job.
The fans are watching a desperate quarterback “forcing” something to happen. Two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP’s in the last six years make Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese and Eli Manning a “team within a team.”
They will forever be associated with one another, but at 0-5 the question needs to be asked: Is it more important to secure free agent talent or draft underachieving players from smaller schools so the staff might be able to “coach these players up” OR protect your all-world quarterback?
Giants GM Jerry Reese should go to bed every night asking himself, “Did I do everything I could to give Eli the tools to be healthy and win?”
And the answer is NO! The team is stripped of talent on the offensive line, defensive end and at linebacker.
Manning is working behind a makeshift line that boasts a first-round rookie, an aging warrior back up that is now to slow to play his natural position, a journeyman center and left guard and a very overpaid and underachieving left tackle.
Eli Manning has lost one of the best blocking backs to free agency, his pile driver to a broken leg and his hot and cold fumbling speedster all to injury. On Sunday, despite the stats, Eli was terrible, but if No. 10 is protected upfront with quality players this view changes.
Now Reese does not throw the ball, but he does sign the players. His No. 1 job is to make sure the $106 million quarterback does not get hurt and that he can do his job.
The one dimensional offense goes back to a bad line, as well does the third down inefficiency, the sacks and the tired defense being on the field the entire game.
The second son killed the team yesterday in every way, but ask yourself if your 2x Super Bowl MVP looked good for the last 5 years? A GM’s job is to know when new “tools” are needed.
Not saving a buck on Louis Murphy, Brandon Myers, David Baas, David Diehl, Wil Beatty, & Curtis Painter…