With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, all eyes of the football world focus on the two teams fighting over the Lombardi trophy, so what better time to write about Giants football, in an attempt to reach some real hardcore, diehard, blue-bloodied New York Giants fans?
The news on the Giants front lately most likely involve the hiring of Perry Fewell as the new defensive coordinator. However, as important as said hire is, this article does not address that. This article is intended to look on how the Giants will react under a new quarterbacks coach, given the retirement of Chris Palmer last week.
Many people would argue that a quarterbacks coach only has limited influence on a team, and that the retirement of Palmer should not affect the Giants at all. If only that was true...
As we all remember, Tom Coughlin actually hired Palmer to be Eli Manning’s guru. His job was to turn a quarterback who, although possessing unlimited raw talent, was at the time a shaky, mistake-prone, inconsistent signal caller.
His job was to turn “Easy E,” a guy who by nature is introspective and keeps things to himself, into the uncontested leader of an offense which featured several stars with strong personalities—many who were playing for this team a lot longer than Manning.
Well, after three seasons under Palmer’s wing, Manning proved to the league that he is an elite quarterback, carrying the load of the offense for most of last season and displaying brilliant ability to read defenses before the snap and excellent control over the football.
In fact, Manning improved so much under Palmer that the Giants offense has re-shifted from using a heavy run offense to a passing one that puts the ball in the quarterback’s hand whenever in need of a play. So much for the “limited” influence over an offense.
It is a fact that Manning is all grown up now. He is already an established quarterback, and Palmer’s influence will always play a role in Manning's game (thankfully), but it is also a fact that No. 10 can still improve a lot.
Being 29 years old, Manning has still yet to reach his prime, and he still shows promise to one day become the type of quarterback all defenses have nightmares about—much like his older brother—and the choice on the next quarterbacks coach could play a major role in unleashing this potential.
Much like Palmer did en route to turning Manning into a Super Bowl MVP and, two seasons later, an elite QB in this league, the new coach must apply his knowledge to work on where Manning still has to improve.
The little nuances only few people have and that a quarterback can only catch on to by really buying into what the coach is selling. The type of knowledge very few people can ever fully understand.
Given that Manning is a compulsive film studier, and that he is as hard-working as a quarterback could be, with the right coach Easy E can really take off.
So let this be a piece of advice to the Giants brass: Think hard, take the necessary time, and bring in the right guy, as the franchise’s future may depend on it.