Will Eli Manning Drop the Ball This Season Too?

Omar BrownCorrespondent IJune 19, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants fumbles the ball after a scramble in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Why is it when we talk about a receiver or a running back, you don't hear how they had five playoff appearances, and all the blah blah blah that detracts from what the team actually accomplished?

Eli Manning is not the team, and I for one find the logic of glorifying the QB with what the entire team accomplishes as a joke. In 12 seasons, Peyton Manning, has only won one Super Bowl.

Brett Favre, the legend with 19 years in this league, has only won one.

How many Super Bowl MVP's does Dan Marino have, or wins for that matter? Yet that does not detract from him being one of the greatest of all time.

A Giants' fan today actually had the chutzpah to compare Eli to Favre, the legend who actually has averaged six more TD's per season than Eli.

The Giants fielded 402 points, while  only allowing their opponents to field 25 more than they did. I imagine six more TD's would have gotten the Giants not only to the playoffs, but a bye to boot.

So if Brett hypothetically played for the Giants last season, they may have very well indeed been in the NFC Championship game, rather than sitting on the couch watching it like the rest of us.

Giants' fans want on the one hand to make a big to-do about how Eli has accomplished so much. Well to that I say where the hell was he when his team needed him the most to carry them last season?

Five INT's to the Eagles and Cardinals is not going to get it.

Three turnovers against the Panthers? Two turnovers and 141 yards in his last game of the season against the Vikings? Brett had four TD's that game while Eli squatted down and laid an egg.

Eli is actually losing games as a result of poor play at the QB position. Eli had at least two turnovers in nine games last season, a season when the Giants needed him most.

Eli turned the ball over 22 times last season? 22 turnovers in a season does not an efficient QB make. That is Eli's average the past four out of five seasons.

When you have a turnover's of 19, 20, 27 and 22 in 4 out of your last 5 seasons, well that is exactly the type of redundancy that opponents thrive in capitalizing on.  That's a 22 turnover per season average. 

Teams already have the ball turned over to them once when your QB scores a Passing TD.

But Eli's redundant turnovers allow the ball to be turned over twice for every passing TD.

This creates an unfair advantage for the opponent, a handicap a coach can ill afford to give opponents going into each game this season.

"The word to me is redemption," defensive end Justin Tuck said "We've got to redeem ourselves from last year, so I hope everybody keeps that in mind."

"I hate saying this, but we have a lot of talent. We do. And hopefully, this year, we have a lot of healthy talent."

Make no mistake about it, the Giants were banged up last season, and from the looks of mini-camp, they still are.

Giants ST's took a huge hit last week when they lost Domenik Hixon for the season with a torn ACL.

While attempting to cut during a punt return, Hixon caught his foot in the new FieldTurf surface of their new $1.6 billion stadium.

"He got his foot stuck in there," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "You can see it on the tape; he's turning a little bit."

Defensive end Justin Tuck, running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and tight end Kevin Boss spent all or part of mini-camp on the sideline.

CB Corey Webster had to leave practice after jamming his left middle finger.

Not only are the Giants forced to find another kick returner, but according to reports, the rookie punters are starting to grasp holding the ball for the kicker.

Good news is the ankle surgery went well for tight end Kevin Boss, and he expects to be 100 percent by training camp.

Bad news is Eli may be forced to do more than manage the team with his 21 TD per season average. If doing more means 24 turnovers from the Giants QB, Giants fan could be in for a long season ahead.