Sacks and Interceptions: Eli Manning
It’s no secret that last year Eli Manning was awful. He literally threw 27 BILLION INT’s and got sacked 39 TRILLION times. At one point in the season, Jesse Palmer called Eli Manning and asked him if he needed any quarterbacking lessons. It was horrible, deplorable and antithesis to adorable… though who can claim this Manning face isn’t adorable:
— Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) December 15, 2013
If you don’t think Undertaker eyes are adorable, you probably don’t understand anything about anything. Digress. The Giants released their depth chart today, revealing who will attempt to block in front of Eli Manning during the 2014 season. Earlier today, we released this post:
This means across the line, Eli Manning has LT: Will Beatty – LG: Weston Richburg – C: J.D. Walton – RG: Brandon Mosley – RT: Justin Pugh. This group will be asked to protect him from another season of getting sacked like a recurring David Carr nightmare.
Giants Nation, how does that make you feel?
Are these men fit to protect Eli? What about receiver? Will the names on the list below result in fewer miscommunication interceptions than a season ago?
One week from today, the New York Football Giants take on the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football:
That’s the real question here, Giants Nation. Can this team improve? Can they beat the Lions? Can Eli Manning remember to throw to New York Giants players? Can he stand firm in the pocket, avoid pressure and not rack up dog-poop sacks like a bunch of Central Park dog walkers?
It’s happening. Now… will Eli Manning be able to curb his habit of throwing interceptions and giving away sacks like a freakin’ New York grocery store, or will the New York Giants and Eli Manning get it together and win?
If Eli Manning can return to a semblance of his Super Bowl form in this new West Coast Offense, while also avoiding costly turnovers, this Giants team can be good. However, if the G-Men start out against the Lions next week like it’s still 2013, then…well… then Giants Nation, it’ll be a long year.
Right now, the New York Football Giants are 5-0 in the preseason, 0-0 on the year. Eli hasn’t taken any sacks or tossed any interceptions and the future is still bright. But make no mistake, if Eli plays like last year, that brightness will turn to darkness in a New York Minute.