"---te" is the new spelling for elite because ELI is missing.
Eli Manning, first-round Draft pick and two-time Super Bowl winner, is suffering through his worst season since his rookie year in 2004. His Giants team has lost three of their last four games and their last loss was a skunk by the Seahawks.
Eli's stats are closer to Jets rookie Geno Smith than to brother Peyton.
Some fans are whispering the unthinkable ‒ it's time to bench Manning and take a look at back-up Ryan Nassib (Syracuse).
Andrew Furman, the talent behind Bloguin's Ultimate NYG fan site will hear none of it. Manning is Mr. January and he is Mr. February, says Furman. Sadly, Eli and the Giants are not surviving September through December well.
For all of his struggles, Eli remains an upper-half quarterback in yards. He surpasses the key benchmark of seven yards per pass attempt.
In contrast, RB David Wilson's failure to thrive in the NFL hurts. The Giants normally bludgeon opponents with its running game, but they don't have a rusher listed in the top-40 running backs.
How bad is that? Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor has more yards than Giants RB Chris Brown and Pryor is benched.
Hakeem Nicks is silencing all debate about his status as a No. 1 receiver ‒ in a bad way. His return from injury is not the boost New York hoped it would be.
New York's front office has come in for criticism for failure to replenish the Super Bowl offensive line of 2011.
"The Super Bowl XLII line of Diehl, Seubert, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie has seen three retire," says Furman. "One player has been injured in the past two seasons and is likely to retire. The last one (Diehl) is at the bottom of the Pro Football Focus rankings for offensive linemen."
"This past draft, [GM Jerry] Reese finally BELATEDLY acknowledged his problem and drafted a Tackle (Justin Pugh) in Round 1. Pugh is coming along but vs. Seattle this past weekend got beat and Manning got crunched. So he will improve, but he is still a rookie. Reese needs to protect his franchise QB at all costs and draft a left tackle in Round 1 and a stud road grader Guard in Round 2. Beatty gets moved from LT to Guard, Boothe gets moved to Center (where he has some experience) and the line is set for the next 5+ years."
Manning has the longest consecutive starting streak of any quarterback in the NFL. Furman would like to see that continue. But in a lost season, he sees no reason why Eli should remain in games during blowout losses (or wins).
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Time for E. Manning to move on since this level of play is his prime under the Coughlin system with Kevin Gilbride at the helm as OC. No sense in comparing him to Peyton because Eli is a system quarterback while Peyton is a fanchise QB in the real sense of the term in that he has autonomy. Eli should be compared to other system QB's like Wilson, Roethlisberger, Flacco & Kaepernick to name a few. Its time that he left the NYG. Eli stands out in high relief as the only target for the media & the NFL to take shots at while the very real systemic problems of the team are swept under the rug & never addressed. Eli's contract should simply be cut & voided effective at the end of the 2013 season. Allow Coughlin to get the kind of QB that he wants & needs, a guy who can fit into his system. We all know Eli was pawned off on Coughlin by Ernie Accorsi, Elis is also no the QB that GM Jerry Reese would draft either. Doesn't Coughlin have the power to bench Eli when he stinks? Eli is a Prima Donna w/o a prime. Another guy deserves a chance at QB & the faithful fans deserve it too. Eli doesn't have decent receivers because he doesn't stand up for them---he lacks real leadership. Its also his fault that he chooses to be useless when the plays break down drawing sacks. He's a high paid peacock too lazy to put in the work. NYG need a QB who can become a weapon & score since the team lacks the personnel to run the type of plays Gilbride designs. Maybe if they get rid of Eli & his monstrous pay they could draft better players. Also the rb's don't get enough time but this too is Eli's fault since the passing game is built around him. This is the system there & he can't hold up his end of the bargain. The NFL means "not for long" the team should set up a trade if not then eat the loss--future winning seasons will cure it. Eli it seems lacks the intelligence to thrive in this system no matter what--- E. Manning is incapable of being consistently productive under this system so he should be cut asap. The NYG has new ownership & it doesn't have to continue its "smash-mouth" ID. however if it wants a makeover as a high octane offense driving by a scorching passing game then E. Manning is not your man. Its Couglin's show give him a chance to get the kind of QB that can thrive in his system--if after allowing this and there's no improvement then its time to FIRE Coughlin & his staff. The Eli experiment is over. Hopefully, the team doesn't draft another big, dumb, useless, greedy goober lacking leadership & testosterone. Remember in the NFL everybody is replaceable. Show Eli the gate. "Don't let the door knob hit ya' where the dog should've bit ya'."
@jjanlitt44 Interesting that you are ready to dump Eli yet keep Coughlin. Just sayin'.