IT’S ELI FOR NOW
Shurmur says Manning will start next game but after that, nothing is guaranteed
Pat Shurmur is not going to publicly announce in Week 6 of his first season as Giants coach that twotime Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning might not be his starter all 16 games and, by association, acknowledge this may be the final season of his Giants career.
At 1-5 coming off an unacceptable effort in Thursday’s 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Shurmur’s immediate concern is learning in the two games prior to the Giants’ Week 9 bye which players truly want to be a part of what he’s building and who’s just along for the ride.
So Manning will remain the starter at least for the Giants’ next game on Oct. 22 Monday Night Football in Atlanta. A quarterback change at the moment is not on the table. “No. We believe in Eli,” Shurmur said Friday in East Rutherford. There is a bigger reason, though, that it makes sense for Shurmur not to bench Manning just yet. And it’s that the Giants and Manning need to come up with a plan on how to do this right.
They can’t repeat last year’s mistakes. This is a