Manning is coming off a record year in his career, and at the young age of 35, he is looking to pick up where he left off in 2015. McAdoo backed up this notion while addressing the media yesterday.
“Eli’s been sharp,” McAdoo said. “He’s worked at it in the offseason, had some good looks and good work in the offseason training program.”
The team took part in game speed 11-on-11 play where Manning looked sharp, as McAdoo stated, but also threw an interception. To no one’s surprise, though, Manning brushed it right off.
“Mike Sullivan has known him for a long time,” McAdoo explained. “He says it all the time, ‘If Eli wasn’t playing football, he’d probably be the world’s greatest poker player,’ and he didn’t flinch.”
A true veteran, Manning rarely lets small mishaps get in the way of the big picture. Just take a look at his fourth quarter comebacks. He is the most important piece of the Giants’ success which is why he is extremely confident and determined in running the offense yet again this season.
McAdoo explained this relationship with Manning saying, “our communication has been pretty precise. We can always get better.”
Last year’s offense was just as good as it can get with Big Blue owning the eight spot in total offense, mostly as a result of Manning’s 4,432 passing yards and 35 TD’s to follow up an incredible 2014 campaign of over 4,000 yards.
However, a smart coach like McAdoo knows there is always room for improvement and one cannot look into what happened last season.
What McAdoo can look at from last season is the fact that the team is with Manning all the way, and if they want to compete in 2016, his quarterback must lead the way.
“That’s the way this league is now, the quarterbacks have a lot to do with it…There’s a lot on the shoulders of these guys.”
McAdoo and Manning’s chemistry will be on display Friday night, and everyone will see if the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback is ready to defy odds yet again this season.