May 20, 2018

Pat Shurmur believes Eli Manning has 'years left'

28 January 2018, 01:54 | Ken Black

Giants to hire Anthony Blevins as assistant special teams coach

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman echoed new coach Pat Shurmur's Friday vote of confidence in Eli Manning. The veteran was benched last season after a disastrous record, as the former coaching staff, headed by Ben McAdoo, made a decision to experiment under center. In a city like NY, he's wise to extend the olive branch before building a 20-foot wall around the Giants' facility. The 13 losses set a franchise record for losses in a season.

The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was sacked in early December.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning in action during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium on November 5, 2017. One thing is certain: Shurmur will not be like his predecessor. "Certainly that was a positive". "He looked fit. He was throwing the ball well". The references he made to Eli's future are very optimistic and I think Pat and Eli, as they develop a relationship and get to know each other, it's going to be great.

"There's a lot of work to be done", Shurmur said.

"We certainly asked every candidate what they thought of Eli..." "Pat was strong (in favor) of Eli. There isn't much tape out there on him that I was able to see, and so he's another player that I'm looking forward to getting to know".

Manning threw for just 3,468 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and with the Giants possessing the second pick in this year's NFL Draft, it could be an opportunity to recruit his eventual successor. He is under contract with the Giants through the 2019 season. It will be by the quarterback after Manning, whether that be Davis Webb, the No. 2 overall pick or somebody else. Still, the damage has been done, Manning's streak is over and a new quarterback meant to replace him is incoming.

"He's a professional", Mara said. "But I think he has time left and I look forward to working with him".

Manning didn't have one of his best seasons in 2017. Others want to improve the Giants' lethargic running game by selecting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, or add another defensive piece like Bradley Chubb or Minkah Fitzpatrick.

NY is not one of Minnesota's scheduled opponents for the 2018 regular season. Beckham's ability and playmaking are without question but his behavior has caused the team embarrassment. He used phrases such as "clean slate" for Beckham while praising the eclectic playmaker's supreme talent. So it makes sense to throw him the ball, I'm just going to say that right away. What I think needs to happen now is I need to get to know him. "We've hired a defensive coordinator now, so I'm not sure that anything less than that is going to be acceptable to Steve, but who knows?"

Ryan was the quarterbacks coach for the Texans in 2017 and the wide receivers coach before that. "Then we will have established a team that can sustain that over time". "That is not necessarily now", Mara said.

"We need to put in a system of things in place and concepts", Shurmur said. They wilted in part because there was the wrong mix of personalities and too many me-first guys. "There's a lot of work to be done". Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

- Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the National Football League and the New York Giants.

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