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Sullivan The Record: What's it like to back up ironman Eli?

Defenderdawg : 9/7/2017 2:15 pm
Great long read:

"Smith, never before around a quarterback with Eli’s resume, can’t wait to play the role.

“I was in there as a rookie [with the Jets] and there was really no one there to mentor us and a lot of things we learned on the fly,” he said. “But just being in the room with Eli for a couple of months you see that there are things within the game that you can kind of manipulate if you know what the defense is doing, certain checks, always knowing the protections and what you need to be on top of. Being prepared for anything.”
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Part 2: Backing up Eli: More recollections  
Defenderdawg : 9/7/2017 2:17 pm : link
"Rosenfels on Eli the athlete, “Physically he’s a much better athlete than people realize. He’s goofy athletic. If that makes sense. Some athletes are like that. Baseball players who can hit well don’t run 4.4 40s either. His ability to not get hurt is just phenomenal. He takes in care of his body. … If you think that a guy can go that many games and he’s not hurt at all, you’re crazy. Hips, lower back, band exercises, he did it every day in the training room meticulously, redundant hip and back exercise you wouldn’t expect, keep things aligned.”
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umm. isn't that  
big_blue : 9/7/2017 2:22 pm : link
common knowledge?

the fact that Smith is "now" seeing that you need to make pre snap reads is mind boggling.
I don't get the feeling he's just realizing it ...  
Beezer : 9/7/2017 2:32 pm : link
... as much as appreciating just how in-depth Eli's cerebral game is between the sidelines. Far underrated.
As much of a joke as Geno was  
Matt in SGS : 9/7/2017 2:42 pm : link
with the Jets, and I made fun of him, he does have talent. He might be a classic case where a change of scenery to a much better situation will help him settle in and become an effective QB.

His stories speak more volumes to what you'd expect from a Rex Ryan team. Rex, like his father, didn't give a shit about his offense, he only cared about defense. Which is fine as a DC, not so much as head coach. Buddy Ryan basically tried to win in Philly with Cunningham taking advantage of his athleticism and let the defense get turn overs and score. That crap doesn't win in the playoffs and it's why Buddy never won with the Eagles. Geno wasn't nearly the athlete like Randall, but Rex left him alone all the same. No shock, the Giants co-tenants are an organizational joke.
Up until about 2 weeks ago  
Elisthebest : 9/7/2017 3:05 pm : link
I was a big proponent of dropping them both and going with Webb as #2. I've come around; I think Geno could win a few if Eli's out for 5 games, (though I still say god forbid) I think the "kid" gets it.
It's a must-read,  
CT Charlie : 9/7/2017 5:41 pm : link
a vivid reminder of just how durable he is.
I keep saying it on here:  
81_Great_Dane : 9/7/2017 7:11 pm : link
Luck is a huge factor in the success or failure of NFL prospects. Geno came to a bad organization with a head coach who didn't care about the offensive side of the ball, and with no strong role model to show him how to be an NFL quarterback. That's very bad luck.

Now he's with a stable, strong organization, an offense-minded coach and a QB ahead of him who's been groomed for the role since childhood.

Geno should be better just for learning the analytical side of the game from Eli, and MUCH better in a year or two if he sticks around the Giants that long. Could he be good enough to beat out Davis Webb as Eli's eventual successor? It'd be a shock, but it's not impossible.
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