"I really believe there has been a false narrative out there that Eli is finished, he's done," he said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Wednesday (h/t Ralph Vacchiano of SNY). "He had a heck of a year. ... Eli is still a quality NFL quarterback. It wears me out, it really does."
The numbers suggest a different story, however.
Manning, 38, has led the Giants to a an 8-23 record in games he's started over the past two seasons. He threw for 4,229 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season, completing 66 percent of his passes, though his QBR of 51.6 was 25th in the NFL.
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Giants GM Dave Gettleman, who has not addressed the local media at the NFL owners meetings, tells the league’s network Eli Manning “had a heck of a year” during the #Giants’ 5-11 season of 2018. I don’t even know what to say anymore. Comment isn’t even necessary at this point.
And Manning often orchestrated little more than a dink-and-dunk offense, posting 11.3 yards per completion, 17th among quarterbacks. His inability to consistently make plays down the field earned the ire of his former star receiver, Odell Beckham Jr.
"Can he still throw it? Yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know ... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house," Beckham said in October, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. "But I'm, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody."
Even some opponents discussed Manning's reluctance to take downfield shots.
"I feel like the guys up front put a scare in the quarterback, rushing him the way they rushed," Saints cornerback Ken Crawley said in October after New Orleans beat the Giants, 33-18, per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. "I know there were some shots there downfield, but he didn't take them."
Add it all up, and Manning earned a lowly grade of 64.3 from Pro Football Focus, 31st amongst quarterbacks. Gettleman may not like the narrative surrounding Manning, but by all metrics, the veteran quarterback struggled in 2018.