Shur­mur still be­lieves in Eli

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NFL -

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — De­spite mount­ing losses and a first sea­son quickly turn­ing into a mess, Pat Shur­mur is stick­ing with Eli Man­ning as the New York Giants quar­ter­back.

Shur­mur never hes­i­tated Fri­day when asked if he was con­sid­er­ing a change in the wake of a 34-13 loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles that dropped New York to 1-5.

“We be­lieve in Eli,” Shur­mur said.

It was as sim­ple as that. There will be no change to ei­ther vet­eran Alex Tan­ney or rookie Kyle Lauletta.

Shur­mur ac­knowl­edged Man­ning made some mis­takes in the loss Thurs­day night at MetLife Sta­dium, but so did a lot of other play­ers.

When he was pressed about whether he would give Lauletta a chance to play if the sea­son slipped away, Shur­mur stopped the ques­tion.

“Lis­ten, we’re not talk­ing about a quar­ter­back change,” Shur­mur said.

Sta­tis­ti­cally, Man­ning has played well. He has hit 158 of 230 passes for 1,662 yards, six touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions. His nearly 69 per­cent com­ple­tion per­cent­age would be a ca­reer best.

The prob­lem is the 37year-old Man­ning is not mo­bile and that is hurt­ing the of­fense. He rarely turns a po­ten­tial sack into a scram­ble that re­sults in a first down or a big pass play. He has been sacked 20 times. The Ea­gles took him down four times and had 13 other hits.

“My con­fi­dence is al­ways the same,” Man­ning said. “I know I can play bet­ter than last night. I have to make bet­ter de­ci­sions and get back to do­ing my job, not try­ing to do any­thing more, forc­ing things. Just find com­ple­tions, move the ball and try to score points.”

Man­ning is sur­prised the Giants have the same record at this point as a year ago, when they fin­ished 3-13.

New gen­eral man­ager Dave Get­tle­man and Shur­mur turned over more than half the ros­ter, bring­ing in both tal­ented play­ers and standup guys who put the team first.

“We ex­pected to go win games,” Man­ning said. “We’re not play­ing as well as we need to and we will work on fix­ing that.”

Man­ning said the past two sea­sons have been tough, win­ning just four of 22 games. How­ever, he said this year feels noth­ing like 2017, where it was hard to be op­ti­mistic with in­juries and in­ter­nal tur­moil.

“This year, you see it can get bet­ter,” Man­ning said. “We have good play­ers. We have good char­ac­ter guys. Guys are work­ing. I think there is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to im­prove and win a bunch of foot­ball games. That’s what we be­lieve.”

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