New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman revealed that he had a “no-holds-barred” and “upfront and honest” conversation with veteran quarterback Eli Manning this week — which Eli initiated — saying he would “do what is in the best interest of the New York Giants” this offseason.
“We’re trying to build sustained success,” said Gettleman. “That takes brutal honesty and some tough decisions.”
Moving on from Manning would be one of those tough decisions, especially if they don’t choose the right successor. Unlike last year, Gettleman would not commit to Manning, but did extol many of his virtues, saying “he can still make all the NFL throws” and that the offense picked up in the second half of the season after they made major changes to the offensive line.
“I watched every snap of Eli this year,” said Gettleman. “But I want to look at film again. . . The guy was running for his life last year. This year … if you’re going to look at stats, it wasn’t too shabby what he did.”
Gettleman said he will meet with his coaches and pro personnel people over the next few weeks to get their input on all players before he makes any decisions. He also said he’ll be watching film until “my eyes bleed.”
So, in short, no decisions have been made on any player, including Manning, and all options are on the table. The Giants have a load of decisions to make, and Gettleman made it clear that he wants to improve the defense, so his concentration could be focused there more than at quarterback.