Eli Manning: “I Need To Play Better”


Eli Manning had an awful season when you compare it to the standard set by his brother Peyton, and the other four or five quarterbacks in the league who hover in that elite stratosphere.

The younger Manning has dubbed himself elite in years past, but simply didn’t have it in 2013.  Manning’s numbers of 3,818 yards, 18 touchdowns, and a league high 27 interceptions haven’t been this bad since he rookie year.

While everyone else around him has acknowledge the plain truth, Manning has as well.  The 33-year-old two time super bowl winning quarterback told the media during his exit interviews that he knows he “needs to play better.”

“I need to play better and … in certain games I didn’t play as good as I needed to win. Some games were just tough and we got outplayed, but I can definitely improve. I need to and I will,’’ said Manning, who turns 33 Friday but pointed to older brother Peyton throwing for NFL records of 55 TDs and 5,477 yards.

“That’s with Peyton having his best year of his career at 37, so I know I can get better. I can make improvements. I can play at a high level and improve my game these next years and get back to making the playoffs and winning championships.’’

Everyone from Giants owner John Mara, to head coach Tom Coughlin voiced their assarance that Manning would bounce back next season.

“He did not have a good year. He’d be the first one to tell you that. But he had a lot of company,’’ Mara said. “With Eli, sometimes he tries to do too much. He competes so hard and has so much confidence in his ability to get the ball into certain areas that unfortunately he makes mistakes sometimes. But I still have every confidence in him. He’s the face of the franchise. We have to help him.’’