Patience has been the motto for Giants fans across the globe this season, as it’s widely known that this is Eli Manning’s first season with a new system. After an extremely disappointing pre-season, Giants fans remained skeptical of the team’s new look offense this season. Well, after showing an inept offense that looked completely out of sync across the teams preseason and teams first two games, the offense is just beginning to click for Manning and company. The Giants gunslinger, of course raised in a football family with his brother Peyton as well as father Archie understand the nuances of the game, and realize that change is part of the game.
When Manning was asked about his recent outbreak in the offense, he responded with a similar message, stating that patience is power.
“I think just having a better understanding of what we’re trying to do from an offensive standpoint,” noted No. 10. “Getting in and out of plays and adjustments. Having everyone understand what the flow of the game is going to be, how quick we’ve got to push the tempo or a no-huddle. The adjustments we make and just playing right, playing a little bit faster, and just understanding the offense. I think that’s been the biggest difference. We’re starting to make some plays and do some good things, and we’re just staying patient when things don’t go well. We’ve had good plays, we’ve had things going better so we can stay patient and not get all uptight and worry.”
Typically the media likes to overreact, and as the Giants are cruising on a three-game winning streak, this is a perfect example. The former No. 1 overall pick deserves more respect and credit than he is given, especially playing under the bright lights of New York. Manning is a smart player, and is really beginning to show his stripes as a leader of this football team. Even though many fans began to write him off, despite his two Super Bowl victories and proven track record, Manning is proving his doubters wrong, developing into a completely different player this season in the new-look offense, making quick reads and leading receivers open, showing shades of his older brother.
Of course, a big part of the progress being shown is getting more in game reps to showcase the West Coast Offense. After starting off the season with four interceptions in the first two games, Manning has progressed in the offense, throwing only one interception in the past three. For comparison to last season, Manning had an 8:12 touchdown to interception ratio. Looking at this season, he is currently at a much improved 11:5 ratio, with an encouraging 8:1 over the last 3 games. This is only signs of even better things to come, and with the arrival of Odell Beckham Jr. as well as the emergence of Gambling State product Larry Donnell, the future is bright in New York for Eli and company.