Reading threads this week, seeing order restored to a degree, and then learning that Eli Manning will start Sunday against Dallas, I have this gut feeling that in an imperfect world, this dramatic handful of weeks will lead to positive changes, and a surprising (to many) crescendo for this quarterback as he writes his final chapter.
What's the real story, regarding Eli? What's the correct path to take regarding the twilight of Eli's career v. the responsible preparation needed for a successful future for the franchise. Have his skills dropped off? Did Ben McAdoo's scheme hamper him? What about a porous offensive line? That hasn't helped a never-mobile QB. Then there's the suspect running game, and of course, the injuries to his primary targets.
I found this video interesting, given what's occurred. Also found it insightful and inspiring.
A few snippets that give me optimism that Eli Manning is not finished with this team, and not only that, but he will use these experiences as motivation to finish strong, cementing his legacy as the best quarterback to ever wear the blue.
From the video (linked):
Mark Kriegel, NFL 360:
The day I saw him, he was overmatched talent-wise, with his supporting cast.
Ernie Accorsi, when asked what's the highest virtue a quarterback can possess:
You can say strong stomach, you can say, is he a clutch player under pressure? (Kriegel: Throws the ball, takes the hit, gets right back up. Isn't that what you're talking about?) That's exactly what I'm talking about.
Another comment during the video: Fourteen years later, you think you know the guy.
Again, with Accorsi back, with the public outcry, with Eli's obvious emotional ties, and the organization's fumbling of the situation and apparent attempt to recover, the stage is now set for a great story to get its due punctuation point.
Check out the video and tell me you don't come away believing that Eli has a little more left to give us.
More from Kriegel:
So, what was the magic? Not athleticism, or charisma. But a virtue hidden in plain sight. Right now, Eli Manning's the toughest quarterback in football.
Streak or no, that hasn't changed.
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