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"Eli’s dying right now," Archie Manning said on WFAN on Tuesday morning in an interview with Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason. "As is Tom Coughlin, as is Justin Tuck and everyone else."
Later, in an interview with Newsday at the announcement of the Liberty Mutual College Coach of the Year finalists by the National Football Foundation in Manhattan, Archie expanded on that idea.
"Eli’s a solid guy," Archie said. "He doesn’t go too high or too low. But he’s dying, just like everybody else with the Giants. He hates what’s going on. But he’s plugging. He’s fighting, just like the rest of them.
Manning needed to play above the X's and O's this season and show he was capable of the perfect games the Giants forced him to play. Instead, he left a flawed offense without a steady hand at its control.
When Super Bowl XLVIII comes to MetLife, Eli could find himself watching older brother Peyton and the Broncos.
Then begins an off-season during which Eli and the Giants need to get better in order to get back to where they want to be.
The Giants have $19.7 million of their $124 million adjusted salary cap on the reserve/injured list. That's the fifth most of any team, according to salary cap expert Brian McIntyre (h/t ESPN Boston's Field Yates).
Top 5 Rams -- $28.8 million Patriots -- $27.4 million Texans -- $26.1 million Bengals -- $21.4 million Giants - $19.7 million.
The Giants haven't been in this situation for nearly a decade, facing three games with no playoff implications against a grim three-word backdrop: playing for pride. The last time they were out this early was Year 1 of the Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning era, when they went 6-10 after Manning took over from Kurt Warner midway through the 2004 season.
But two Super Bowl championships later, this season's 5-8 record is a far greater disappointment and likely will lead to changes heading into next season. Here's a look at what the Giants need to do.
The Giants have not qualified for the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, and the downward spiral appears to be growing worse. ... They have lost 13 of their last 21 games and are 14-15 since winning Super Bowl XLVI.
Count NFL commissioner Roger Goodell among those who would embrace snow during the Super Bowl. Roger Goodell in NYC at the NFF awards, on last Sunday: "We love playing in the elements. We saw that on Sunday. It was throwback time."
Here's an early look at the Giants' five most pressing needs, and some prospective veteran free agents and draft candidates who might be a good fit to fill them.
While it could still fluctuate wildly based on game results in the final three weeks of the season, the New York Giants currently occupy the No. 13 spot in the projected first-round order for the 2014 NFL draft. Looking at that list, you can see it's not crazy to imagine the pick getting as high as around 5 or dropping into the early 20s. But since 13 is where they sit right now, let's look at what they might be able to do with a pick like that.
Where have you gone, Eli Manning?
Regardless of whether it’s the offensive line, the receivers, the quarterback himself, or the full moons that have dotted the New York Giants' season, the two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback has clearly not played like the top-shelf quarterback he so famously declared himself to be at the start of the 2011 season.
Gone are the amazing fourth-quarter comebacks—Manning has just one this season, which came against Washington two weeks ago.
That number is a far cry from the seven he posted in 2011 en route to the Giants’ second Super Bowl championship season in his era, and the three he had in 2012.
You want statistics? Brace yourself.