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Eli's Int issues

Post  Big_Pete on Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:41 pm

from espn.com


Scouts Inc.: Examining Manning's INTs


By Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown way too many interceptions this season (24). Why is that? Some of it is Manningís fault (in my opinion) and some of it is not. This past weekend against Green Bay (four interceptions) was a rather dreadful performance from this perspective. Letís look at it a little deeper.

I very much believe that Manning is an upper-tier quarterback. He isnít elite, but I contend that about 25 teams out there (you know who you are) would trade their respective quarterback for Manning. So, more so than not, I am a Manning supporter. Along those lines, letís first discuss what has mostly not been his fault with the interception issue. Manning has had a ton of tipped balls land in the hands of the Giantsí opponents. Some have been deflections at the line of scrimmage and some have bounced off his intended receiver. These things happen to all quarterbacks and you can argue that he should do a better job finding suitable throwing lanes, but for the most part, this is just terrible luck that is not the quarterbackís fault.

The other factor here on Manningís behalf is his young and ever-changing stable of wide receivers. The Giants have an excellent corps of wideouts in Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham. But this threesome is also very young and is not always precise with its routes and route adjustments. I would say Manningham is the worst culprit here and Smith is the most reliable. But Smith has been out of the lineup a fair amount this season -- and he is Manningís safety blanket. Because of injuries, New York was forced to bring in wide receivers off the street who were unfamiliar with this passing game. In turn, miscommunications have been a regular occurrence. And again, I tend to blame this stable of wideouts much more so than the veteran Manning in this particular situation.

Now, it is time to place some blame on Manning. He has forced a lot of passes into spots that he simply should not have attempted. His decision-making has been worse of late than in recent memory. He has not reacted to pressure especially well. Manning has simply tried to do too much. That seems simplistic, but I really donít have a better way to state it.

The interceptions need to stop for New York to have any chance and Manning has to correct these visible flaws. In eight of the Manningís 15 games this season, he has thrown multiple interceptions. The 24 total interceptions coupled with fumbling problems in the running game and special-teams inconsistencies have made the Giants far too giving to their opponents. But I still think Manning is a very good quarterback and will prove to be more of the solution than the problem.
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Post  Big_Pete on Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:53 pm

I think this article raises a lot of good points, I found it a very interesting read and much along the lines of what I have been thinking.
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Post  Boo on Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:08 pm

Good stuff Pete.

One of the biggest problems, as I see it, are the injuries to key receivers like Smith and Nicks. There's a big drop in talent between them and their replacements.

Another problem appears to be no detectable change in the gameplans or the playcalling. I've been reading that the Giants' passing game is one of the more complex in the entire NFL. If so, have Coughlin and Gilbride made adjustments for the lesser talented players?

As for Eli himself, 1- the tipped balls may be excuseable but often times they are negated, in part, by the "dropped INTs". There were two of those in the GB game a week ago. It's arguably a wash.
2- Despite working with lesser talented receivers like Hagen and Clayton, Eli has had several weeks of practice/games to develop some sort of chemistry with them. So far, we haven't seen it. This begs the question... How many INTs are the fault of the receivers running incorrect patterns and how many are the fault of poor reads from Eli?

Granted, I'm merely an armchair QB fan but my belief in Eli is beginning to wane. I see too many poor decisions, not only in terms of INTs, but fumbles, throwing into multiple coverages and so on. Presently, he barely makes the top-10 list of QBs in my book.

Just my opinion mind you.

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