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Giants news, 10/15: Simms, Esiason, Cowher critical of “skittish” Eli Manning

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‘NFL Today’ crew says quarterback is “seeing the rush, not feeling the rush”

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! We begin a new work week in pretty much the same place we ended the last one — with the conversation centering around the play of quarterback Eli Manning.

The NFL Today crew with former quarterbacks Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason and former coach Bill Cowher were all critical of Manning’s play during Sunday’s telecast.

Simms:

“Well, I think everybody is, and yes, he should be concerned about Eli Manning. There are a lot of things going wrong with the Giants offense. One thing that I see, you know, when you get an offensive game plan, we all know there are about six plays in the corner of that game plan that is for you to throw the football down the field to make a big play that can maybe make a difference in the game. The Giants are calling those plays, but the problem is Eli Manning is not giving them enough time to develop and throw the football down the field. When those plays are called, you as a quarterback, get excited. You got to stand in there, take the hit and get it down the field.”

Esiason:

“He’s not standing in there. He’s skittish. … At the end of the day you can see he is not comfortable on the football field and I think there is a lack of confidence there no matter what he says.

“The one thing I will say about all of this in this whole discussion. It goes back to the owner, John Mara. He was the one who told Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur he’s your quarterback, make it happen, spend the money. They went out to support him and right now they’re looking at one of the worst seasons in Giants history.”

Cowher:

“We all see the uncomfortable position Eli is in with this offense. …. He is not stepping up in the pocket. He is seeing the rush, not feeling the rush. He’s not looking downfield, he’s looking at people rushing him. … Consequently, he’s inaccurate. Consequently, he’s late with throws. He’s missing some of the big throws.”

Esiason had a simple answer when the question turned to whether Manning should be the Giants’ quarterback in 2019:

“He better not be.”

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