After experiencing the games highest level of success, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going through a little rough patch this season. After throwing three interceptions in New York’s Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, two in the first two drives, Eli Manning now leads the league with 15 interceptions. His career high for a season is 25.
Eli Manning has made a career of driving fans to the point of frustration and then bringing them back with an impressive performance. While New York fans have grown used to the Eli Manning experience, this year is different. This year there’s been no relief from the frustration, but you have to believe it’s coming.
Maybe Manning needs to sit for a quarter or a half and watch the game from the sideline. I assume he’s already called his brother Peyton Manning and father Archie Manning for advice. New York’s at the point now, where they need to try something different. Things aren’t getting better for the team or their quarterback.
It’s easy to criticize Manning, because he deserves it. His play to date is unacceptable, but as a fan of a team, how do you boo and yell disparaging remarks? Eli Manning knows he’s playing terrible football. He’s probably booing himself. It’s not his goal to lead the league in interceptions. No one expects fans to applaud Manning’s performance, but hasn’t he earned a little more patience from the fans?
Two Super Bowl wins, two Super Bowl MVP’s, there are quarterbacks who play entire careers without attaining the level of success Eli Manning has. Maybe this is the beginning of the end for Manning. Maybe he never returns to his Super Bowl form, but he’s the current quarterback of the New York Giants and as long as he is, as a fan, I won’t boo.
While the football world watches with their opinions and criticisms, Manning continues to step under center, drop back, and fearlessly throw pass after pass. He does it, because his job requires him to forget the mistakes of the past. Each possession is a new start.
Manning’s struggles won’t last forever. In fact, I predict the turnaround will start next week when the Giants face the Minnesota Vikings. I think this because when I went to my son’s closet to hang up his clothes, I noticed his Eli Manning jersey was on the floor. I picked it up, shook it off and hung it up where it belonged.
No wonder the quarterback was playing badly, his jersey had fallen off the hanger, just as his play had fallen off. Now that I picked up his jersey, Manning will pick up his play.
Or maybe my son threw the jersey on the floor out of frustration?