2009 New York Giants: It's Eli's Time To Be Great

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IMay 6, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Eli Manning arrives the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)

2009 blogNYG.com Giants QB Preview

Eli In A Contract Year

  • Quarterbacks Coach: Chris Palmer
  • Offensive Quality Control Coach: Sean Ryan
  • Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride

Quarterbacks: Eli Manning (Starter), David Carr, Andre Woodson, Rhett Bomar

Eli Manning is entering his sixth season as a Giant. He has already accomplished almost every goal the Giants had hoped. He has won them a Super Bowl and made the franchise one of the league's most respected.
He is also in the last year of his current contract and there has been little talk of a new contract being negotiated. The Giants have brought back David Carr as the primary backup and are hoping they can groom a third stringer with the winner of the Andre Woodson—Brett Romar battle.

Eli Manning - as mentioned, he is a Super Bowl-winning MVP and the face of the franchise. His performance, however, other than the last five games of the 2007 Super Bowl run, has been average at best.
If were not the younger brother of Peyton Manning one wonders if the Giants would be considering signing him to another long-term deal. He is also the legacy of the beloved former GM, Ernie Accorsi, who gave up so much to get him, so parting ways with Eli would send shockwaves through the Land of the Giants...

Since being given the starting position midway through the 2004 season, Eli has a regular season record of 42-29 with 98 TDs and 74 interceptions. Over that period, his completion rate is 55.9 and his QB rating is 76.1.
When it comes to passing yardage, he is averaging around 3300 per season. These are not knockout numbers, but the contract he will be looking for will be somewhere near $100 million and the Giants will have no choice but to sign him.

The downside to Eli is that he may have plateaued as quarterback. The year-in, year-out numbers for his career are eerily consistent and disappointingly average. He is terrible at the Meadowlands due to his failure to throw spirals that cut through the wind.
This has lead to inaccuracy and way too many poor performances. His saving grace for most of his time here has been Plaxico Burress' ability to outjump defenses and Steve Smith and Amani Toomer's ability to dive underneath them. Burress and Toomer are no longer with the club.
Also, the Giants did Eli no favors by not doming the new stadium, which they will move into in 2010.

The upside to Eli is that he is only 28 years old and he has never been injured. He has new crop of receivers that contains players of all shapes and sizes. It could be time for him to turn the corner and become the elite player that he was destined to be. His laid back demeanor may be a thing of the past as well.
With each season, he becomes more and more entrenched in veteran ideology and should become more a leader for the remainder of his career. Eli is also the pentultimate role model for kids and is the marketable player the Giants have had in decades.

David Carr - Carr was reunited with his old coach, Chris Palmer, last season when the Giants rescued him from a torridly brutal existence in which he was sacked 262 times in his first six seasons.
Carr was the first overall selection in the 2002 draft, taken by the expansion Houston Texans, and never had a chance to grow. In 2006, he became a free agent and signed with Carolina, which also did not turn out too well. The Giants signed Carr last season and relegated him to backup status.

Carr is only 29 years old and is still a very talented player. We've seen high draft picks get chewed up in their first few years and then turn into superstars. The Giants may see that in Carr, but he will only play if something happens to Eli.
He is currently signed to a one-year deal and will be a free agent again in 2010.

Andre Woodson - was taken in the sixth by the Giants in last year's draft. He is a big, strong prospect that had a productive college career at Kentucky, but he is still considered quite raw although he is progressing according to sources. He is currently on the practice squad.
Woodson was longshot to make it in the NFL, but it appears he may still do it. Whether or not that will be with the Giants remains to be seen.

Rhett Bomar - was taken in the fifth round this past April by the Giants out of Sam Houston State. Bomar is a product of Texas high school football, where as a senior he was ranked the nation's top high school QB and even compared to John Elway.
That earned him a ticket to Oklahoma, where he became the starter in 2005. Bomar led the Sooners to Holiday Bowl victory and was named MVP.
Unfortunately, he was expelled after that season when it was discovered that he was paid for a no-show job at a car dealership - a clear violation of NCAA rules. That earned him a trip to Division II football...
Bomar may be a real find for the Giants. A real talented kid that lost his way. He's on the right team, now, though and he can develop over the next few years into perhaps something special.


Manning needs to be signed, and it is assumed that happen as soon as the CBA is extended or a new one is reached. With the new receivers, the onus shifts to him becoming a more accurate passer rather than constantly getting bailed out by his receivers.
Carr could start on many teams right now and will spend at least 2009 with the Giants. He might retained past that as long as no one else comes knocking—which is doubtful. When that time comes, perhaps Woodson or Bomar would be ready to assume the No. 2 role.
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