Pat Shurmur was never going to waver from Eli Manning.
Despite the Giants head coach at times looking perplexed at his starting quarterback during the team’s 1-7 start, Shurmur said he never doubted the 37-year-old.
“I never did,” he told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday. “I never did.”
Manning has played exceptionally better since the Giants’ bye week, throwing for 1,083 yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions in five games in which they have gone 4-1.
He is perhaps coming off his best game of the season on Sunday when he threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters in a 40-16 rout of the Redskins.
“I appreciate all the things he is as a person, as a player, how he trains and how he thinks,” Shurmur added. “I’ve watched him do it before and when he’s had best success he was playing behind really good offensive lines. I knew once we got that fixed he was going to have a better chance to show us what he can do.”
Manning was even doing it in an uncharacteristic way, too, throwing all his touchdowns on bootlegs.
“Who would’ve thought that” Shurmur asked. “He hadn’t run this many bootlegs since Ole Miss.”
Yet Shurmur made sure to acknowledge the offensive line’s role in not just Manning’s success, but also as the main reason why the team is 4-1 since its bye.
“Think it’s the main catalyst for the success we’ve had in the back half of the season,” he said. “If you don’t block nothing looks good.”