New Giants GM Dave Gettleman stated Friday that he intends to enter 2018 with Eli Manning because the Giants’ beginning quarterback for subsequent season.
“Nicely as of now, yeah, yeah,” Gettleman stated.
Gettleman gave the media the identical line he gave co-owner John Mara in his Dec. 20 interview: “If what I noticed (from Manning in Week 14 towards) Philadelphia was not a mirage, and I don’t consider it was, then we’ll simply hold transferring.”
Mara admitted “it was encouraging to me” to listen to such a optimistic opinion of Manning and careworn of his franchise QB: “I believe he can nonetheless play at a excessive stage.”
However Mara additionally turned the primary Big govt, in explaining Manning’s landmark Week 13 benching in Oakland, to confess that no less than a part of that call was based mostly on Manning’s poor play prior.
Bear in mind, on Thanksgiving, Manning and the Giants offense had scored three factors, together with 47 web yards and one first down in your entire second of a loss in Washington.
“I believe we most likely may have dealt with that higher,” Mara stated, including: “You already know, you may argue that plenty of alternative ways. From a pure soccer perspective, the place we had been as a group proper then, getting a have a look at anyone else at quarterback was not the worst determination on this planet. I believe it may have been dealt with higher and I take accountability for that. I may have dealt with it higher.”
That’s the reality, although. Nobody needs to confess it, however Mara, Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo didn’t simply put Geno Smith right into a sport to judge their future on the place. They had been taking part in one other quarterback as a result of they thought he may play higher than Manning, and in Oakland, Smith did.
Gettleman stored saying Wednesday he wants to look at all the “movie” on Manning “to see what cooking,” and what he’ll discover in 2017 is a cafeteria stuffed with scorching messes. To not point out Manning’s efficiency towards the Eagles of 434 passing yards and three TDs additionally included a second-quarter interception to Philly nook Ronald Darby that turned the sport. The Giants, up 20-7 on the time, misplaced 34-29.
Manning turns 37 years previous subsequent Wednesday, with two years left on his contract. And separate from the group’s flaws and accidents round him, he has not performed effectively in 2017. He has not made sufficient performs.
Gettleman, 66, who was genuinely thrilled on Friday to simply accept his “dream” job as Giants GM, got here off as refreshingly direct, educated, and conscious of the state of affairs he enters.
His line of “we gotta repair the O-line, let’s be sincere, let’s not child one another,” was the neatest and most evident remark anybody in East Rutherford has made in years. And Gettleman solely simply received to northern New Jersey late Thursday night time, because the genial GM described in one in all his many tales in his thick Boston accent.
“I drove 10 hours final night time and received up right here at 10 o’clock at night time, and let me inform you one thing, 14 levels. I imply I solely got here from 34 so it wasn’t like an enormous, large (distinction), but it surely was a little bit breezy once I received my fanny out of the automobile,” Gettleman stated to laughs, saying his car “cah.”
However actuality is about to set in and turn into extra difficult for Gettleman if he actually intends to rebuild the Giants shortly round Manning, which appears real after he additionally stated he’s not going to tug strings to see rookie QB Davis Webb play actual NFL snaps on Sunday.
“It’s Friday. We play the sport on Sunday. What these (coaches) determined, they determined, OK? It’s what it’s,” Gettleman stated.
Mara stated “I anticipate us to be an excellent group in 2018.” Gettleman stated he believes that good groups run the ball effectively, cease the run, and rush the passer successfully. And rebuilding the O-line and the operating sport undoubtedly could be elements to constructing a 3rd Tremendous Bowl winner round Manning beneath heart.
However giving a wholesome Odell Beckham Jr. a mega-contract extension, which might give Manning his finest weapon again, is not any assure this offseason after listening to Gettleman’s hard-line philosophies on participant values and contracts.
Plus, even Gettleman himself admitted that Manning’s and Webb’s presences on this roster won’t deter him from choosing a quarterback with the second or third general choose in April’s draft.
“I don’t care what place it’s: You may by no means have too many nice gamers at one place,” Gettleman stated. “You concentrate on us (Giants up to now), we received (Michael) Strahan and … Osi (Umenyiora), and we’re drafting (Justin) Tuck and we’re drafting (Mathias) Kiwanuka and individuals are taking a look at us like now we have mind injury. You may by no means have too many nice gamers at one place.”
So if the Giants draft UCLA’s Josh Rosen or USC’s Sam Darnold or Wyoming’s Josh Allen, is Gettleman actually going to tie his legacy as GM to a 37-year-old QB who already has proven indicators of deteriorating?
“His philosophy on Eli is, ‘Let me sit down and have a look at the tape earlier than I’ve a definitive reply for you,’” Mara added to make clear.
Positive. Somebody get Gettleman some DVDs, a recliner and a notepad. Possibly he’ll change his thoughts.