Giants’ Shur­mur backs Man­ning

Of­fense strug­gles to score de­spite QB’S good pass­ing stats

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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 37-year-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.” Jets: Isa­iah Crow­ell kept hit­ting the holes cleared by the New York Jets’ of­fen­sive line and ran. And, ran some more. All the way into the fran­chise record books. Crow­ell rushed for a whop­ping 219 yards on just 15 car­ries in the Jets’ 34-16 vic­tory over Den­ver last Sun­day, set­ting the team mark for yards rush­ing in a sin­gle game. He be­came the fourth player in NFL his­tory to run for 200 or more yards on 15 or fewer at­tempts. Crow­ell has been nurs­ing an an­kle in­jury this week, and is listed as ques­tion­able on the Jets’ in­jury list. “We’ll work him out Sun­day and see where he’s at,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said.

Bills: Start­ing safety Micah Hyde is set to play at Hous­ton on Sun­day af­ter miss­ing one game with a groin in­jury. Hyde prac­ticed fully on Fri­day, as did backup safety Rafael Bush, who also didn’t play in a 13-12 win over Ten­nessee last week be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury. Browns: Rookie wide re­ceiver Der­rick Wil­lies broke his col­lar­bone in prac­tice and will miss sev­eral games.

Chiefs: Wide re­ceiver Dean­thony Thomas frac­tured his leg dur­ing prac­tice and could miss the rest of the sea­son.

Dol­phins: Quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill is ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game against the Bears with a throw­ing shoul­der in­jury. Fal­cons: De­fen­sive tackle Grady Jar­rett and run­ning back Devonta Free­man are out for Sun­day’s game against the Tampa Bay. Jaguars: Signed for­mer Giants of­fen­sive tackle Ereck Flow­ers and placed left tackle Josh Wells on in­jured re­serve with a groin in­jury. Flow­ers was waived by the Giants on Tues­day af­ter he failed to live up to lofty ex­pec­ta­tions. He was the ninth over­all pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Flow­ers was moved from left to right tackle this sea­son.

Steven Ryan / Getty Im­ages

Eli Man­ning of the Giants has com­pleted nearly 69 per­cent of his passes this sea­son, but he’s been sacked 20 times.

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