EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants stand behind quarterback Eli Manning despite the start of the team of 1-5 and his fights in the early season.
Manning has six touchdown passes and six turnovers in six games. He struggled badly in a 34-13 loss for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, when he completed 24 of the 43 passes for 281 yards and an interception. The Eagles plundered him four times.
A change at quarterback is still not on the table for the Giants, who will play a week from Monday on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.
"I know I can play," said the 37-year-old Thursday night. But Eli Manning was a shell of his twofold Super Bowl MVP in the explosive loss for the Eagles.
Odell Beckham Jr. ran from the field and into the locker room for the final game of the first half in a 34-13 loss for the Eagles and did not return to the sidelines until after the second half of the kickoff.
The combination of a Barkley highlights fair and a Giants loss is probably a familiar theme this season.
"No. We believe in Eli," said coach Pat Shurmur on Friday.
The Giants do not have much experience behind their old starting quarterback. Alex Tanney served as a reserve for the first six weeks, with rookie Kyle Lauletta inactive. Tanney has appeared in one career game. Lauletta is a fourth-round outing from Richmond that has yet to pick up for a regular season game.
Shurmur is not about to throw one of them into the mix so early in the season.
"Listen, we're not talking about a change in the quarterback yet," he said.
Manning & # 39; s struggle will only feed the argument that the Giants should have prepared a quarterback with the number 2 overall choice. Instead, they chose to run back to Saquon Barkley, who hurried 130 yards and received 99 yards against the Eagles. He scored six of the Giants 'eleven offensive touchdowns this season, but it did not lead to victories or healings from the Giants' giants.
The Giants have not shy away from their draft decision.
"The idea that Saquon Barkley was a mistake, I do not see the logic and I just said that I believe in Eli," said Shurmur.
Manning, 37, said that he will take a few days off and return energetically. He is committed to helping the Giants to improve and believes that there are still reasons to be optimistic, despite being ranked last in the NFC East and 28th in the NFL with 19.5 points per year. contest.
The two-time winner of the Super Bowl admits that he has to do better and does not doubt himself.
"Trust is always the same," Manning said. "I know I can play better, I did not play well [Thursday] night. I have to make better decisions and just go back to work, not try to force things, find completions, move the ball and try to score more points. "
The pressure on Manning is on the rise. His struggles were fully in view on Thursday evening. The frustration of his broad receivers is palpable.
The experienced quarterback still insists that he is not touched by the call for his work of critics and their views that he is over.
"It irritates me that we are 1 to 5. What people say is that I never came to me or bothered you, but you work incredibly hard and go for a big year and you're enthusiastic about things. are, yes, it bothers you and it is difficult, "said Manning. "The only thing you can do is keep working, creaking, trying to bring this team together."