DeAngelo Hall recently said of Eli Manning’s play-making ability recently (via the Washington Post):
“As a corner, you gotta love it, you gotta love playing against a guy like that,” said Hall, the Redskins’ defensive co-captain. “He does throw it up there and give you a chance to make a play.
“But he’s doing what any good quarterback does. He throws it up there and let’s his receivers make a play on ya. That’s why he has big plays. He has some turnovers, too. But he definitely has a lot of big plays.”
Last week against the Jaguars, stats don’t lie. Eli gained 9.1 yards per attempted pass play where David Garrard registered around 3 ypa. Hall is right, but compared to guys like Phil Rivers, Donovan McNabb, and Drew Brees — Manning does not just put the ball up way down field. Eli has a lot of 15-25 yard pass play that he can hit with receivers. The Giants offensive game plan has really come into its own over the past few years in that way. No longer are we only seeing 8 yard gains, we’re seeing 15, 20, 25 yard pass plays into single coverage. Hitting guys in motion on crossing patterns and square ins. In this league sometimes, only the occasional shot way deep down field is what gets you noticed as a “playmaker”. DeAngelo Hall though knows the drill though as a player, he knows Eli can hit guys in motion, make things happen. He’s the one preparing to face him this Sunday after all.