Eli Manning still appears to be the starting quarterback of the New York Giants, but without much enthusiasm behind it.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur was again asked if Manning was still the starter, and his response was affirmative, if very reluctant.
“We’ll see,” Shurmur said Monday when asked if Manning would remain the starter, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “I think … Eli is our quarterback. I know that all of you are trying to tease a headline out of it. At this point, alright, Eli is our quarterback, and we’re looking at all areas to improve. That’s where it’s at.”
It’s a slightly firmer response than the one Shurmur gave Sunday. It’s still hardly a ringing endorsement, though the Giants are entering their bye week and he’ll have time to think it through. Manning may still lose his starting job, but if he doesn’t, it probably has more to do with the fact that the Giants lack an obvious replacement rather than Manning’s actual play.
The New York Giants head into the bye week at 1-7 and in dire need of a rethink, but Pat Shurmur is remaining tight-lipped.
One popular line of questioning is whether quarterback Eli Manning’s job is safe. When that question was posed to Shurmur, he admitted he was going to look at everything, but didn’t seem to want to put the option on the table.
Will Giants coach Pat Shurmur consider a QB change during the bye week?: “I don’t want to go there. I don’t want to tease that. I’m going to look at everything.”
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 28, 2018
One thing working in Manning’s favor is the fact that there’s no obvious heir apparent on the roster. The current backup is veteran journeyman Alex Tanney, who has played in just one career NFL game and has no real upside for the future. It doesn’t seem particularly likely that the Giants will be able to deal Manning if they want to, either.
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There are certain instances where one can just tell that first-year New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is forced to deal with something that he never, ever expected to deal with, and he had one of those moments on Friday.
It started when Odell Beckham Jr. offered up a simple response to his frequent cramping: the guy just isn’t a big fan of water.
Something I never knew about Odell Beckham. He said “I don’t like water.”
He said he’s trying to be better about drinking it but he doesn’t like the “squishy” feeling it makes in his stomach. He said that could explain his recent need for in-game IVs.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 19, 2018
Over to you, Coach Shurmur, where he actually had to address the “water controversy” on Friday, and did so in fitting fashion.
Pat Shurmur asked if it's news to him that OBJ doesn't like water: "That’s news to me, yeah. I mean listen, Odell and I and the players talk about a lot of things. We don’t talk about our like and dislike for water." Then Shurmur under his breath adds: "What a business.”
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) October 19, 2018
In the grand scheme of Odell Beckham things, this doesn’t even really register as a controversy, but it comes on the heels of his owner essentially telling him to cool it with the weird public remarks. You can tell Shurmur would really rather be talking about anything else.
Pat Shurmur may not have been happy over Odell Beckham Jr’s comments about the New York Giants, but he’s not going to publicly chastise the wide receiver over it.
Beckham gave an interview to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that has been aired in parts over a few days. The part publicized on Friday showed Beckham criticizing the team’s energy. Shurmur didn’t like the criticism and had Beckham apologize to the team.
Things continued as Beckham also questioned the team’s playcalling and play by Eli Manning.
After Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Shurmur declined to publicly reprimand Beckham, saying it served no purpose.
Pat Shurmur: I’m not going to give the publoc a pound of flesh on this [Odell Beckham]. That would make me small, not strong. That’s the type of thing that can galvanize a locker room, the locker room handled it. Finito. #Giants
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) October 7, 2018
Instead, what the public got is a report saying Shurmur was “livid” over Beckham’s interview.
The Giants have major problems — much more beyond just Beckham’s comments.
Odell Beckham Jr. recently sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson that has been airing in segments, and New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is furious over some of the things the star wide receiver said.
In a portion of his interview that aired Friday, Beckham said a lot of why the Giants have started 1-3 after a 3-13 season last year has to do with “the energy that we don’t have.” He also urged his teammates to play with some “heart,” and Shurmur later told reporters he thinks scheming is the issue and not effort.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Shurmur was “absolutely livid” over the remarks and asked Beckham to apologize to the team, which he did on Saturday night.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 7, 2018
Unfortunately, the interview had already been taped. More of it aired on Sunday, and you could argue that the latest clips make Beckham sound even worse. He was critical of Shurmur’s play-calling while speaking with ESPN’s Josina Anderson and also had a puzzling response to a question about Eli Manning.
The Giants signed Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract extension before the season, so you know they aren’t happy about the message he is sending. You can’t blame Shurmur for being angry with a player who is supposed to be a team leader.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. blames his team’s poor play on a lack of energy, but his coach isn’t quite on the same page.
After Beckham said he felt the Giants didn’t bring enough energy on a daily basis, coach Pat Shurmur blamed execution for the team’s 1-3 start instead.
“I do know this, our team has a heck of a lot of heart. Our team plays with a lot of energy,” Shurmur said Friday, via Jordan Ranaan of ESPN. “What we haven’t done is we haven’t really executed quite as well as we need to yet. That is really … instead of energy, it’s more execution. And I think that is what we’re all striving for.”
The Giants’ problems are not new. In fact, at one point this season, their struggles were so extensive that Beckham didn’t even remember his last win. Eli Manning is struggling and the offense as a whole doesn’t produce enough for the team to be good. That has more to do with their struggles than energy.
Odell Beckham Jr. did not take part in team drills during mandatory minicamp this week, but Giants head coach Pat Shurmur does not expect the star receiver to be limited for much longer.
Shurmur told reporters on Thursday that he has been given “no reason to believe” Beckham will not be 100 percent cleared by the time training camp begins next month.
Pat Shurmur says he expects Odell Beckham to report to Giants training camp on time and he has “no reason to believe” he won’t be able to participate fully in all drills.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 14, 2018
Beckham underwent ankle surgery last October, and there’s a chance he might not want to risk suffering a setback or another serious injury without a long-term contract extension in place. While he could hold out for a new contract later in the offseason, Beckham has given no indications to this point that he is going to go that route.
Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie contract, so it’s no surprise he wants a new deal. The Giants are reportedly waiting before giving him the extension for a couple of different reasons.