Eli Manning optimistic about Giants, hopeful of playing a long time
|Manning's view of his own situation is similarly upbeat. He told me he feels as good as he's ever felt and sees every reason to keep playing in the foreseeable future. And that future extends beyond what he has ever said before.
"I've never put an exact number on it, but I do know I don't see the end anywhere too near, so I'm going to play as long as I feel I can play at a high level and my body can hang under me,'' he said. "I do feel healthy and strong and energized about what I'm doing, and I'm fortunate. Hopefully it's for another five-plus years. I put that as somewhat of a goal.''
And if he makes it into the "plus'' part of five-plus? Could we possibly see Manning play for another 10 years?
"Yeah, I think, yeah,'' he said. "I love what I'm doing. I love training camp. I love the working-out aspects. I love the practice. I love winning games. Those are exciting things. So as of right now, I don't ever see that getting old or getting tired.''
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I still can't believe he has been playing for 10 already. That went quick.
It would be special to watch Eli play into his lat 30s-early 40s and still at a high level if we keep him healthy.
In order to do so, we'll just have to continue making the offensive side of the ball the priority in the draft and free agency.
before a Favre like downturn...then he can be a game manager for another 3...
Lol...c'mon now. He'll be 42 in 10 years. I love the guy, but there's a difference between being hopefully optimistic and not seeing why it can't be done.
Him playing at 42 would be a sight to see though. He doesn't depend on athleticism or elite arm strength so I wouldn't be surprised seeing him play well into his 30s if he checks out health wise.
I just hope it never turns into a situation where he's just sort of lost it and winds up going out there way longer than he should. I don't think that'll ever be an issue with him, though. Eli seems like the type of dude who will know when to call it a career.
I hope he can play at a high level for at LEAST 5 more years, though. It's going to be a shitty day when Eli has to hang them up. I don't even want to think about it.
Would suck if he got satisfied and rolled early. I'll take the next 5 for now, we can talk about 6+ after that.
There's no possibly way Fish has that kind of longevity.
but I'm absolutely convinced Eli has played through some significant injuries, the kind that would have had Ben Roethlisberger playing the wounded hero week after week in the press. I'm also convinced those injuries and games like the 49ers playoff win will eventually take a toll.
10 more years of Eli sounds great, but we Giants fans will be lucky if we get 7 or 8.
but seemingly forget that Favre had arguably his best statistical season in 2009, when he turned 40.
I hope Eli knows enough to shut it down when his skills diminish. People bitch about Tiki quitting when he did (among other things), but just going by the history of players at his position, he picked the perfect time to walk away.
I love Eli's iron man streak, but part of me kinda hopes he does miss a game at some point, just so he doesn't have that record to chase into his 40s. And I also think the Giants would absolutely cut the cord on him rather that let a sub-average QB chase a personal record at the team's expense. And who here wants to see Eli ever putting on another team's jersey.
If Eli suffered a concussion in a regular season game similar to the hit he took to the head against the Jets one preseason (when his helmet came off and Jacobs' facemask collided with his exposed forehead), he would definitely sit until the doctors determine he doesn't have any side effects
...a guy like Eli could conceivably become a football version of Nolan Ryan or Roger Clemens. Arm strength doesn't necessarily diminish that much in a man's 30s, and a quarterback - like a pitcher - can compensate for diminishing physical gifts with increased mastery, at least to a degree. Hell, Phil Simms took a horrendous beating for most of his career, lost a ton of arm strength and was still among the best in the league at 38. Favre had probably his best year at 40, 15 years after kicking a Vicodin habit. Although any football player is just one play from forced retirement, Eli is just about the youngest 32 you will ever see on an NFL field.
His biggest edge, as others have said, is his relationship to the game and business of football. For many NFL players, football is a job. For some, it's a passion. For the Mannings, it's a profession, in the best sense. They face the game as primarily a mental challenge, not an athletic one, and they never stop learning. Peyton is 37, and a bit of a mess physically. That didn't stop him from having one of his best years in 2012, the final pass notwithstanding.
Good, provided he's not hanging on like Willie Mays on the Mets.
But I think when the wheels start to fall off, its going to happen pretty quickly. How he feels now could be completely different than how he might feel this time next year.
I'll take Eli for another 20 years though if he can last that long. :-)
Took Nassib in the 4th round. You will be lucky to finish your contract.
Seriously now Eli playing for a while is a very good possibility. He's been hurt or dinged like all players but nothing close to a lot of guys who have 10 years in do.
He just not reckless and while anything can happen he will be here IMO for at least another 5-6
Do you still sell those 16 ton weights?
I just hope he does it. He seems to get better every year. Eli is like Favre in the sense that they take chances downfield trying to make plays. Eli is not as wild, but he's competitive and likes that downfield strike. If he would only dump it off here and there to keep the defense off balance - this would be the best offense in the NFL. Unstoppable
Not gonna happen.
QB who has that kind of zest and love of the game. Guy is a coach on the field ,and more and more, I am sure, he is having valuable input into our personnel and scheme just like Peyton had. His value is immeasurable to the Giants.
easily picks up the reins from him in an easy, friendly transition?
It's doubtful that even if Eli was physically able to play for another 10 years, that he would end his career with the Giants.
Successful teams always try to have another (younger) QB waiting in the wings, even if the established QB is an all-time great. The 49ers got rid of Montana and replaced him with Young. The Colts let P. Manning go because they had a shot at Luck.
Throw in cap constraints (How much can you pay a 42 year old QB?) and the chances of Eli playing another 10 yrs. for the Giants are very slim.
Eli would have at least another SB ring, and his stats would be appreciably better.
Few seem to give him credit for throwing the ball in that wind tunnel. I was at the Philly game last year and we were in section 115..we felt those 20-30 mph gusts of wind hitting us square in the face.
I challenge the Matt Ryan's, Drew Brees', Tony Romo's, Ben Rothlisberger's, and Philip Rivers' of the league to play eight games a year in that stadium.
no matter how long he intends to play. Once-franchise/established top QBs rarely do that, even if they don't do much in their other "homes" and quickly wrap up their careers after their exit from their original teams.
Just like the actual transitional move away from him isn't at all likely to be anything but an unhappy split, whenever it happens, it's crappy, but it's also by far the most probable reality.
The guy is made out of steel.
him. Hopefully, another title. That would be a hell of a run.
Ten more years? He'd have played 19 years.
Would love to see it, if he is healthy and productive. But 10 MORE years? Please.
He was just throwing a number out there. Who cares at this point?
isn't that he said 10 years, it's that he feels healthy and wants to play a long time bc he loves everything about the game
The young often don't understand that your body likely won't cooperate as those ten years elapse.
question. of course he'll say yes.
| He doesn't depend on athleticism or elite arm strength so I wouldn't be surprised seeing him play well into his 30s if he checks out health wise.
His arm strength is among the best in the game and he's not a good athlete..?
Its amazing how the guy has been a 2 time SB champ and MVP but somehow he doesn't depend on athleticism just because he is also great mentally..
played in a championship game at 43. I'd be OK with Eli breaking that record.
Five more seasons of high level play is all you could ask for. At that point, he would be top-5 all time in yards, and TD's. More importantly, he would have given the Giants a fair shot at the post-season numerous times.
Now, QBs usually are fortunate to play reasonably well into their late 30s. Physically, the legs begin to go, the arm strength declines, the ability to pull the trigger fades, etc.
years. If Eli plays 10 more years, and continues to put up consistent stats, Eli will be in the top 5 of a lot of categories, like passing yards and Tds. That's pretty damn good when you have 2 SB MVPs under your belt.
Half joking. I don't expect Eli to play past 37/38 or so.
Agreed, I think that's about right.
Are you that dense that you don't think Eli is a pure pocket passer and depends on athleticism to be a successful QB? I don't get why you consider it a bad thing that he doesn't depend on athleticism. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning certainly don't.
but he doesn't have one of the stronger arms in the game. I can shoot off 10 QBs easily who throw ball deeper than him. That's not a diss either, Brady doesn't throw the deep ball at all and is still an exceptional QB. Eli Manning throws it deep enough and is accurate as hell.
I'd hand him the Offensive Coordinator job if he wants it
must win at least one more SB, must play two years longer than Peyton, must take iron man away from Favre. That is all that is required. Everything else is optional, Eli.