Shur­mur: Man­ning re­mains Giants QB

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEEKEND -

De­spite mount­ing losses and a first sea­son quickly turn­ing into a mess, Pat Shur­mur is stick­ing with Eli Man­ning as the Giants quar­ter­back.

Shur­mur never hes­i­tated Fri­day when asked if he was con­sid­er­ing a change in the wake of a 34-13 loss to the Ea­gles that dropped the Giants 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, 37, 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 Man­ning isn’t mo­bile. 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.

“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.”

The 49ers apol­o­gized for ini­tially leav­ing Colin Kaeper­nick out of a photo gallery cel­e­brat­ing the team’s his­tory against the Pack­ers.

The team posted dozens of pho­tos on its web­site of past games against the Pack­ers be­fore the teams meet again Mon­day night with­out at first in­clud­ing any of Kaeper­nick.

The team later added pho­tos of Kaeper­nick. This is the first photo gallery the team has run this year but pic­tures of Kaeper­nick were in­cluded in all seven photo gal­leries posted on the team’s web­site last year.

Kaeper­nick set an NFL record for quar­ter­backs by rush­ing for 181 yards in a play­off win against the Pack­ers on Jan. 12, 2013, threw for 413 yards in a sea­sonopen­ing win against the Pack­ers in 2013, and led a win­ning drive to win a play­off game in Green Bay on Jan. 5, 2014.

Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are ex­pected to clear con­cus­sion pro­to­col and play Sun­day against the Bron­cos . ... Vik­ings RB Dalvin Cook was lim­ited in prac­tice with a ham­string in­jury. He was listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game against the Car­di­nals . ... Fal­cons RB Devonta Free­man (foot) and DT Grady Jar­rett (groin) will miss Sun­day’s game against the Buc­ca­neers . ... Chiefs WR De’An­thony Thomas suf­fered a bro­ken leg dur­ing prac­tice Thurs­day and may miss the rest of the sea­son . ... Browns WR Der­rick Willies broke his col­lar­bone dur­ing prac­tice and likely will miss sev­eral games . ... Jets CB Buster Skrine (con­cus­sion) will miss Sun­day’s game against the Colts.

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