Valentine’s Views: Thoughts on “Check down Eli

Womens Riley Dixon Jersey ,” win-now mode, more It’s Tuesday. An off day for the 0-2 New York Giants before they begin full preparations for their Week 3 game against the Houston Texans. That also makes it time for my weekly “Valentine’s Views” brain dump.Where else to start but with quarterback Eli Manning.A few thoughts on ‘Check down Eli”One thing I have said for years about Manning is this — whatever side of the never-ending debate you are on about Manning you are likely dug in, way in, and not changing your mind no matter what anyone says or writes. If you are an Eli-basher you think he’s toast, should have been run out of town years ago, can’t play a lick, and that your grandmother — or Sam Darnold — would be a better quarterback for the Giants. If you’re an Eli supporter, you look at the cards he’s been dealt the past few years, the unreliable blocking, so-so at best running, etc. and think he’s been given a bad hand. That the Giants have wasted what should have been good years with the best quarterback the franchise has ever seen.Anyone who has read this website for even a moderate length of time knows which side I have been on. That said, here are some of things I think about what we saw from Manning Sunday.I think 29 of 44 passes being no more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — 12 of them behind the line — is utterly ridiculous. You just can’t score enough points that way, and the Giants obviously did not.I think that NFL analyst Brian Baldinger is absolutely right. They can say whatever they want, but I think it’s apparent neither Manning nor head coach Pat Shurmur has real trust in the offensive line right now.I think Baldinger’s point is clear in the play-calling. Some of those short throws Sunday were Manning checking the ball down, maybe too many, but a great deal of it was by design. The first play was a designed swing pass to Saquon Barkley. The entire first half was filled with designed dump offs and quick throws short of the sticks hoping guys could catch-and-run for first downs.I absolutely think Manning is aware, sometimes too aware, of the pass rush. I haven’t seen the All-22 film yet, but I did think there were a few throws Manning should have hit where he let the rush impact him. A second-quarter slant to Odell Beckham Jr. and a third-quarter swing pass to Barkley that he short-hopped come to mind.I think if what you saw from Manning Sunday surprised you then you really haven’t been paying attention for years now. Manning has been both poorly protected and played on largely bad teams since the Giants last won the Super Bowl in 2011, and in my view there is a cumulative effect after years of hits. Yes, there are times he gets a little jittery or goes into self-preservation mode.I think this is why the rebuild of the offensive line is so critical. Without a good one Manning will look like an old man who can’t play. It’s why Pat Shurmur has said the Giants will go as far as the offensive line takes them. If they don’t protect Manning and open some legitimate holes for Barkley to run through the offense will never be what it could, or should, be. That should surprise no one. We’ve been saying it for months now.I think there was evidence that a protected, comfortable Manning can still make the throws. There was a 14-yard back shoulder throw to Sterling Shepard. A 37-yard strike to Cody Latimer. The 18-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram. The quarterback was well-protected on all of them Authentic Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , and delivered excellent throws.I think I’m really looking forward to reading the study of Manning’s decision-making on Sunday that I’ve asked quarterback analyst Mark Schofield to put together this week.About that trade of Brett JonesIn the wake of the unfortunate season-ending injury suffered by Giants’ center Jon Halapio, there are many Giants fans taking shots at GM Dave Gettleman for having traded backup center Brett Jones to the Minnesota Vikings last month for a seventh-round pick.I’m not going to be one of them.I did not agree with the Giants’ decision to give the starting center job to Halapio. Jones played well, albeit for a different coaching staff, in 2017. Halapio had never played center until this season. Still, it’s the choice the Giants made. They traded Jones for the simple reason that they desperately needed salary cap space, Jones was one of the few tradable commodities they had, and they could save $2.914 million by moving him. So, they did. If he wasn’t going to start, trading him was really an obvious move.I feel awful for Halapio. After having bounced from team to team, practice squad to practice squad, doing two stints in the short-lived Fall Experimental Football League, he was finally getting his chance. Individually, at least, he was doing well with it. Per Pro Football Focus, he has a 100 percent pass-blocking efficiency score on 71 pass-blocking snaps. There isalso this:I can’t criticize Gettleman for trading Jones. With the choice that had been made by the coaching staff and the salary cap crunch the Giants faced, he did what he had to do.Sorry, CarlI have a deep respect for Carl Banks, who was a wonderful player and is an excellent radio analyst who knows more football than I ever will. Banks is also a friend of Big Blue View, and has helped both me and — by extension — this website.I think, though, no I know that I disagree with a couple of the assertions he made Monday on WFAN Radio.“I don’t know why people have these really high expectations,” for the Giants is one of the things Banks said. He also said this, which was not in our original report:“The expectation as I saw it with the amount of turnover was not a win-now [but] team a get better now team.”C’mon, Carl! That’s nonsense.“Get better now” isn’t enough with a 37-year-old quarterback who’s time is running out. Yes Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey , the Giants have to get better. Yes, they were 3-13 a year ago with, as Banks absolutely correctly said was a team that had “bad talent.”That’s why they turned over more than half the roster. The Giants went all-in on the present because they believe Manning still has enough gas in the tank to win games. So, I will repeat something I have been saying for a while. To prove they choose the right path, the Giants have to win games.Things I thinkI’m still waiting for evidence that Kaelin Clay was a better option to return punts than Hunter Sharp, released to make room for Clay.Rookie linebacker Lorenzo Carter has to play more. Somebody on that defense has to be able to threaten the passer, and Carter is showing signs that he can. He needs to be on the field for more than 40 percent of the snaps.Quietly, both placekicker Aldrick Rosas and punter Riley Dixon have done nice jobs thus far. Aside from that whole onside kick out of bounds thing at the end of Sunday’s game.I think that if the Giants don’t figure out how to defend the read option in a hurry DeShaun Watson is going to make them look absolutely foolish on Sunday.I think I’m worried about whether Curtis Riley can really handle the free safety role.[E-mail Ed at or via the Big Blue View Contact Page | Follow Big Blue View on Twitter | ‘Like’ Big Blue View on Facebook | Follow Big Blue View on Instagram] Pat Shurmur's first win as coach of the New York Giants had a cast of high-priced talent leading the way along with some help from a couple of less-known guys.Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning hit 25 of 29 throws for 297 yards and threw two touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr., caught nine passes for 109 yards. Rookie Saquon Barkley ran for a touchdown and had 117 all-purpose yards. Sterling Shepard had six catches, including a TD, and tackle Snacks Harrison had seven tackles shutting down what had been the league's top rushing attack.It's what is expected of the stars.The Giants (1-2) also won because of contributions from veteran defensive lineman Kerry Wynn and second-year offensive tackle Chad Wheeler.Wynn might have had his best game with the team while making his first start of the season. He had five tackles, including one for a loss, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle in helping overcome the absence of linebacker/pass rusher Olivier Vernon, who missed his third straight game with a high ankle sprain.Shurmur knew his stats from the game, and even added in a quarterback pressure in what he said was an outstanding performance."I mentioned that Eli had a pretty good day at the office. That's a pretty darn good day at the office as well," Shurmur said of Wynn. "Kerry is long, he's kind of a relentless player, he's tough, he's all the things you're looking for. He's tough, he cares, he works, and he finds a way to make plays."Wynn has been an occasional starter (now 11 times) since earning a roster spot as a free agent out of Richmond in 2014. He has taken big strides this season in the 3-4 scheme employed by new coordinator James Bettcher."Me personally, I try to make sure I'm always around the ball Authentic Evan Engram Jersey ," Wynn said Monday. "When you're around the ball, good things tend to happen. Just running around and trying to make stuff happen. I'm having fun with the defense. I love it so far."Wynn said he was contacted by friends and family about the game, but refused to describe it as his best."I know I had a productive game, and it feels even better to have a game like that where we come out victorious from it," he said. "Hope to have more like that."Wheeler was thrust into the starting job at right tackle in place of 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers, who struggled in the opening two losses.The former free agent out of Southern Cal had his moments, good and bad. He did a very solid job run blocking, forcing J.J. Watt to run himself out of position on a number of plays in the first half. Watt was outstanding in the second half, getting two of his three sacks, while consistently disrupting the offense and Manning."I'm going to take responsibility for it, a couple times he got stretched out and just pure one-on-one (pass protection) against (Watt)," Shurmur said. "I can't put him in those positions as many times as I did. But he battled and, in my opinion, even though he got beat on a couple of snaps, I thought he had a winning performance."Wheeler said he was caught leaning the wrong way a few times."I learned if you prepare and work hard during the week it gives you a shot against anybody in the league," he added.Based on that, expect Wheeler to get another shot when the New Orleans Saints come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday.NOTES: Shurmur said TE Evan Engram has a sprained knee. The team was still determining on Monday the severity of the injury and how long he will be out. ... Despite television reports that Harrison was injured late in the game, Shurmur said it was nothing more than ordinary wear and tear. ... Vernon and CB Eli Apple (hamstring) are making progress, but it's too early to say whether they will play Sunday. ... Shurmur refused to take issue with the low tackles by the Texans that injured Engram and left Barkley and Shepard sore. "Their style of tackling was to go low. Guys running with the ball have to be able to protect themselves," Shurmur said.