Carmelo Anthony recently just called the New York Knicks the laughingstock of the NBA. While that may or may not be true, one prominent sports figure in New York is the laughingstock of the NFL. New York Giants‘ quarterback Eli Manning threw five interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in a blowout loss, and it raised his interception total to 25 with two games remaining.
Manning’s previous career-high is 25, which was set in the 2010 season. However, that year, Manning still racked up 31 touchdown passes and over 4,000 yards. In that 2010 season, New Orleans Saints‘ quarterback Drew Brees also had over 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. However, this year, Manning only has 16 touchdown passes and under 3,500 yards passing with two games remaining.
This is easily Manning’s worst season since his rookie year, when he started the last seven games of that 2004 season and only won one game while completing under 50 percent of his passes. There are naturally going to be questions as to why Manning has fallen each season since winning his second championship and Super Bowl MVP. Manning hasn’t looked sharp or accurate for the most part this season also, with some of his passes sailing or simply not being on the same page with his guys.
Sooner or later, people will begin to wonder whether Manning is losing his talent. Some people may even start to wonder if the Giants should be looking for their next franchise quarterback soon. Remember, the Green Bay Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft despite Brett Favre being the starter. It took Rodgers several years before he became the starter following Favre’s first retirement in 2008.
Manning will turn 33 next month, so he still has at least five productive years left in him. Giants’ fan should not hit the panic button because of his recent performance. The coaching staff must do a better job of allowing Manning to be comfortable with the offense in certain situations. Manning has historically flourished in two-minute drills, so offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride should use the offseason to see if that’s the direction the offense should go in. Let’s not waste the productive years of Manning.