I'm a founding member of the move on from Manning club, and even I can see he can operate an offense. On no planet did he play a bad game.
What's fascinating is what is the identity of this offense, and what Shurmur wants from Manning and the surrounding cast operating in it.
Do you guys think Manning can succeed in a WCO without a big time WR freeing up some of the pressure?
Disconcerting things from last night:
- Designed rollouts for 38-year-old Manning are dangerous, he's slow to the spot and it's not buying him more time. The penalties on rollouts were lame, but Manning looked uncomfortable on both plays and got smashed.
- No one knows the distribution of check downs vs. designed short passes, but it's year 15 and the QB is just not crisp on these throws, they need to be limited.
- Sterling Shepard averaging 7 yards per reception is either a symptom or cause of the offense getting choked close the LOS.
- 11 carries for Barkley is fire-able, even if the Giants are behind, the biggest threat for a big play is Barkley. Heck, Barkley is the best bet for a positive play. Eli Penny ok 3rd and short? Lol.
Positive things from last night:
- Engram looks like the guy Reese expected, he's faster than linebackers and corners, and he looks fluid out there now.
- Zeitler is as advertised in pass-pro, his name wasn't brought up at all (a good thing).
- Manning still can whip it out there to the sideline, fabulous throw to Latimer on that big gain. I doubted he still had that throw.