Pat Shurmur Says He's Not Concerned About Eli Manning Amid Struggles

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2018

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws gets rid of the ball as he is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox (91) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Eagles won 34-13. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished Thursday's 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at 24-of-43 passing for 281 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception, struggling to establish an offensive rhythm throughout the game.

Despite the poor showing, head coach Pat Shurmur said, "I'm not concerned about Eli," per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Shurmur may not be concerned, but Manning is past his prime at 37 years old and coming off 13 straight seasons with double-digit interception totals. The Giants are also an ugly 1-5 after finishing 3-13 last season, leaving little room for immediate optimism for the NFC East team.

The coach's comments come after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines for an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson in which he was asked if the team has a quarterback problem.

"Uhh, I don't know. I feel like ... He's not going to get out of the pocket," Beckham said (h/t Matt Lombardo of NJ.com). "We know Eli's not going to run it. Can he still throw it? Yeah. It's cool catching it shallow and trying to take it, but I want to go over the top of somebody."

Jay Glazer of Fox reported the team fined Beckham for his comments, which also questioned the Giants' heart.

In fairness to Manning, he is playing behind an offensive line Football Outsiders ranked as the worst run-blocking unit and 23rd-best pass-blocking unit in the league through Week 5. It is a testament to running back Saquon Barkley's individual talent that he managed 130 rushing yards and 99 receiving yards during Thursday's contest.

As ESPN Stats & Info shared, Manning struggled when faced with pressure behind that lackluster line:

Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion who is under contract through the 2019 season, but things aren't progressing for the 2018 Giants even if the head coach isn't particularly concerned with his quarterback.

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