As the New York Giants contemplate taking a quarterback with their No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft, some people think it might be a tad premature given Eli Manning’s current state of health.
A good chunk of fans and analysts think Manning is degrading at an astronomical rate after last season’s melt down, which was primarily due to the offensive line and a stripped wide receiver corps. Manning has shown that his arm strength has not dwindled and his decision making is as controversial as always.
Former Giants’ GM Ernie Accorsi is still a believer in Manning, who will undoubtedly be suiting up to start the 2018 season:
“I wouldn’t want to put an endline on him, but I do agree with them that he can play winning, championship football for two years,” Accorsi said via the New York Daily News. “Now, it may be more. I’m not saying that he can’t do more. But I don’t think there’s any question: What I saw last year in the Philadelphia game with what he had to play with, I definitely think he could still take a team to a title. I mean, obviously he has to be surrounded with a pretty good team. But I do.”
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Accorsi played a big role in orchestrating the trade that brought the Ole Miss quarterback to New York and Philip Rivers to the San Diego Chargers. Manning has gone on to win two Super Bowls (Rivers has 0) and was named MVP in both of them. In both years, Manning brought his game to another level once the post-season came around, taking a Wild Card team to the big game.
That same level of play doesn’t seem to have dwindled, and it’s impossible to say it has, given the lack of talent he endured last season.
The question is: How long will it take for the Giants to build a solid team around him? And can he deliver within the next two seasons?
“I don’t think it’s gonna take that long. I think there’s some talent there,” Accorsi said. “They’ve got to rush the passer. They have to protect Eli. And obviously the offensive line’s gotta run block. They have receivers — the tight end’s gonna be a terrific receiver, they’ve got tremendous wide receivers. They have good running backs and — who knows? — they may get another one. And if they can rush the passer and protect Eli, I think they have a chance to be good rather quickly.”
The Giants need to improve in all facets of the game. They overhauled the coaching staff, which in turn provided talent at the linebacker and offensive line position. The Giants have a high draft pick which gives them the ability to address a position of need, and ultimately begin to build a winning team around Manning.
Gettleman made it clear in his introductory press conference that the Giants need to improve in rushing the passer, stopping the run, and running the ball.
All of those points refer to improving the offensive line, defensive line, and running back position.