2017 Grade: .381

2017 3rd Down: .161

Week 1 at Dallas: The proverbial cliff came two years ago for Eli, but he can still make plays due to his preparation. Without O’dell Beckham, this offense is extremely hamstrung, and it starts with Eli. His arm isn’t what it used to be and his questions decision making is magnified ten-fold because of it. He couldn’t escape the constant Dallas pressure and made just one “plus” play.

Week 2 vs. Detroit: The construction of the Giants roster is befuddling. Eli is the most stationary quarterback in the NFL, and the offensive line isn’t worth its own weight. His complete inability to move around is a mark against him, just as is his newly timid style of play. The GIF below shows that he wants to get rid of the ball at the first sign of something positive. If he waited a fraction of a second longer, he could’ve had a much bigger gain to Evan Engram. This quarterback, and this offense, are broken.

Week 3 at Philadelphia: Eli’s second half was the best version of Manning the Giants have seen this year. It wasn’t enough, however, to undo some poor choices in the first half. Manning’s deteriorating arm has been masked by his exceptional preparation in year’s past, but he isn’t seeing the field like he once did. In the GIF below, he missed an opportunity at a tight window for a first down, instead, taking the check down to the back. Either that window is too tight for his regressing arm, or he didn’t see it – both are a problem. The overall score was a solid and he made some vintage Eli throws (the first touchdown to Beckham) so it’s nice to see there’s a little something left in the tank.

Week 4 at Tampa Bay: Eli was far from the reason the Giants lost their fourth straight to start the season. For the most part, he was accurate, on-time, and he even extended plays using his legs. His strike, down the seam, to O’Dell Beckham (GIF below) was his best throw of the season. When he gets manageable third downs, Manning is still a serviceable quarterback.

Week 5 vs. Los Angele Chargers: If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know I have not been kind to Eli Manning. But the Giants are in need of an offensive overhaul. Eli has his fair share of mistakes (neglected open targets, two inexcusable fumbles, missed deep shots.) Manning also had two hero-type of plays – his touchdowns to Rogers Lewis and O’dell Beckham were examples of exceptional quarterback play. Manning’s inability to navigate on the rare instances where he has a clean pocket, drops, and a lack of separation are just as big of an issue as poor line play.

Week 6 at Denver: If New York can limit Eli to 22 drop backs every week, they will stay in games. His tired arm and utter inability to move hampers the offense immensely. The GIF below is a perfect example of the type of quarterback that will not consistently win in today’s NFL. Eli is entirely washed up.

2016: How About A Career In Coaching?

The days of Eli Manning beating teams with his physical-traits are over. In fact, the days of Eli as the difference-maker in winning efforts are probably over. If not for a safe-guarded offense protected the league’s best defense and the heroics of O’dell Beckham Jr., the Giants would’ve extended its playoff-slump to four years.

Eli is still as sharp as they come before the snap. The huddle is often broken quickly and he will spend anywhere from 10-20 seconds reconfiguring his set to his liking. Unfortunately for Manning, playing chess pre-snap doesn’t always equate to doing so post-snap. He often locks onto targets and misses big-play opportunities when the offensive-line has afforded him plenty of time.

He trusts himself pre-snap so much, that he will ignore coverage-disguises and put the ball directly into the facemask of a robber

With zero pocket-mobility, if the rush gets through, he either turtles into a sack or throws off his back-foot drastically impacting his accuracy. Even when he’s set and his mechanics are sound, the accuracy is coin-flip. Spiking, sailing or floating passes are not uncommon at this stage in his career. The downfield element of the Giants passing-game is almost nonexistent. To get the ball down the field, he has to step into and involve his entire body – and even then, the ball typically hangs in the air.

He knows his physical-limitations too – most of the time. There are plenty of reckless-mistakes sprinkled in on the film, but he will often check-down from a tight-window and settle for the staples of the Giants’ offense – short crossing-patterns, misdirection-screens and stick-routes by the tight-end.

He can still function as a catch, rock and throw quarterback, or one that hits a seven-step drop with plenty of pass-protection. Even still, he will miss some of these basic-reads and throws.

He commits critical-errors that often lead to turnovers and dramatically alter the outcome of football games. He has little sense of ball-security in the pocket and is always a candidate to fumble the ball on a sack.

If he is forced off his spot and has to reset, the play is typically doomed. He has no ability to reset and establish his mechanics and the ball may as well be fluttering through hurricane-winds once he releases it.

Eli’s career as an effective quarterback are over. His 2016 season will be over-hyped because he played quarterback for a team that won 11 games – just like his career is wrongly praised because of two similar Super Bowl runs relying on the back of a great defense.

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