Giants’ Shurmur backs Manning
Offense struggles to score despite QB’S good passing stats
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.
Eli Manning of the Giants has completed nearly 69 percent of his passes this season, but he’s been sacked 20 times.