Eli Manning and the New York Giants Finally Moving on

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 7:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back pass the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 7, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

I want to start this article by stating that, as the Giants have moved on, so have I. This is the last article I’ll write giving the name Plaxico Burress substantial attention.


It’s been a long road for us Giants fans since being shot in the leg back in November. We have been through anxiety, agony suffering, and, for some, even physical pain caused by seeing McNabb killing us in January. Following that game came the doubts period.


“Can Eli play without Plax?”, “Can the running game survive without Burress drawing double coverage?”, “How will Jerry Reese deal with this?”, “Can this offense survive lacking a real deep threat?”, “Should the Giants trade for a big-name WR?”.


These kinds of questions just forced themselves in every Giants fans every thought. They got so deep into Giant Nation’s skin that it is hard to find any five-year-old in New York who doesn’t have an opinion on the matter.


But it’s time. We have sulked and doubted enough. It all ends here.


While reading Eli Manning’s interview with Boomer Esiason, I couldn’t help myself but think: “Finally someone in the Giants organization took notice of what some of us B/R creatures have been writing lately”.


Eli was even able to keep himself from saying the ultimate Eli cliché “I just need to make better decisions”.

Showing to be on top of things, Manning flashed plenty of confidence, as he stated:

“I’m looking forward to starting the season; I’m coming into my sixth year with the same offense. Offensive lines and running backs are pretty much the same guys who know the system the receivers have been around three or four years. I like where we are. Guys know the ins and outs of the offense and we’re going to do the right thing. We’re not going to make mistakes where guys run the wrong routes. We feel confident and we’re going to grow. (…). I feel great. My body feels strong and I’m in good shape. I’m looking forward to training camp and to see what our potential is for next year.”

Doesn’t seem like something Eli would say, right?


Looks like we finally reached the point where our QB stopped to look back and decided to take charge. Now, us fans go through another kind of pain. The type of pain that is relieved a little in August, and from which we find redemption in September…