New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday that “I don’t listen and watch” to what NFL talking heads have to say about him on television.
That’s good because if he did listen or watch he would have heard the comments from Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms about him being “skittish” in the pocket and looking at the pass rush.
He also would have heard Rich Gannon say Monday on “NFL Monday QB” on the CBS Sports Network that the 15-year veteran “has to start looking at that retirement situation more seriously.”
Speaking to Francesa, Manning continued to insist that he still believes he has the skills to play quarterback in the NFL.
“I feel good … I feel like I can still make the throws and push it downfield and buy time in the pocket and move around. My feet are still fast,” Manning said. “I feel good and expect to go out there and play well. Play well these last 10 games.”
Manning also admitted the season has been difficult.
“It’s tough. It’s tough to go through this. It’s tough to not win football games,” he said. “We work extremely hard to prepare and do everything. It’s all about going and being able to produce on Sundays and get victories. When you’re in this situation, you do everything possible to keep the team together.
“It’s gotta change. We’ve gotta fix things and play at a higher level.”
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