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In praise of Eli
Giants' quarterback Eli Manning, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, is drawing from a couple of sources who know a thing or two about quarterback play.
"He has a better understanding of the why," Gannon said. "Why is he [McAdoo] calling the play here? What’s he expecting? If he’s expecting blitz and it doesn’t come, then we’ll do this. So, it’s understanding the why that helps the quarterback go through the thought process. That time is valuable for the quarterback and the last year he and Ben were still learning about each other. When you can anticipate why a play-caller is calling plays, that really helps."
One reason the offense is so effective is that Manning is really good before the snap. He doesn't get the reputation of being that kind of a quarterback, but he's brilliant. He's phenomenal in reading the defense before the play, especially when it comes to the run game and getting the Giants in the right play. And his pre-snap reads fit this offense very well. ...
Manning is playing some of the best football of his career at age 34. He has a 100.2 quarterback rating so far this season. Manning has never finished any of his 11 NFL seasons with a rating above 100. A big part of his success is that the offense scheme that fits him like a glove.
"It's quarterback-friendly, where you know what you like, the ball comes out quickly and you shouldn't take a lot of hits,'' said Manning, who has been sacked only four times, and just once in the last three games. "It makes sense where you have progressions and reads and have guys who can get open. It makes life easy.''
There were growing pains. But now Manning appears extremely comfortable with his footwork, timing, audibles and this passing attack that stresses getting the ball out quickly to allow receivers to make plays after the catch. With a quarterback rating of 100.2, Manning is much-improved from the QB we saw in 2012 and 2013. Only seven quarterbacks boast a better QBR than Manning's 66.7 mark after five weeks. And few realize that Manning took his game up several notches during the second half of the 2014 season.
Brandon Meriweather "grew up a little bit"
Safey Brandon Meriweather has brought stability and veteran leadership to a position where the Giants were badly in need of both. There has been zero evidence of the guy who had a reputation being a dirty player.
"I grew up a little bit," he said. "I'm not thinking about it anymore, I'm not harping on it, I'm not trying to prove the league wrong anymore. I'm not doing any of that . . . I'm not the same player I used to be. I'm not out trying to just bring pain to everybody. I'm actually trying to enjoy the game and have fun during the game and get to have fun with my teammates and win."