The New York Giants have set a lofty goal for quarterback Eli Manning in 2014. They want Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes.
"We'd love to be up there at 70 percent," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said on Monday. "It hasn't been done very often. That's the ultimate goal.
"We'd like to raise his completion percentage, for sure."
"That's an impressive statistic if you look at the history of the league," Langsdorf said. "That's what we're gunning for."
NFL's 70% Club: Drew Brees 71.2, Brees 70.6, Ken Anderson 70.6, Steve Young 70.3, Sammy Baugh 70.3, Joe Montana 70.2. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) July 28, 2014
Can Manning actually approach that mark? His career percentage in Kevin Gilbride's riskier, downfield-oriented attack is a less than spectacular 58.5 percent. From a career high 62.9 percentage in 2010, Manning's completion rate has dropped three straight years. The numbers 61.0 percent in 2011, 59.9 percent in 2012 and 57.5 percent last season.
The West Coast offense should afford Manning the ability to raise his completion percentage. Do you believe, however, that he can really approach that magical 70 percent number?
-- More from Lansgsdorf on Manning and backup quarterback Ryan Nassib to come.