IT’S ELI FOR NOW

Shur­mur says Man­ning will start next game but af­ter that, noth­ing is guar­an­teed

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - GIANTS PAT LEONARD

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

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