No one reason for Eli Manning's picks
October, 29, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhEli Manning's NFL-high 15 interceptions have been costly, to say the least.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If you're looking for one common denominator in Eli Manning's league-leading 15 interceptions, it's not that simple, according to Giants quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan.
"I think to pinpoint it on one thing is a mistake," Ryan said. "Each play, and everybody is talking about the turnovers and the interceptions, is kind of a play unto itself."
Ryan said there are multiple components to Manning's turnovers this year, but he and general manager Jerry Reese are optimistic that Manning is taking the steps to turn his season around. Manning has not thrown an interception in the past two games, and the Giants won both.
"I think Eli's still a very good player and Eli didn't forget how to play after 10 years. He didn't forget how to play his position all of a sudden," Reese said. "Eli has been through some rough patches before and we've seen him pull himself out and really play well, and I expect him to do that again."
For all the Giants' struggles this year, Manning's poor season has stood out. He's thrown just 10 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions, and threw an interception in each of the team's first six games. His 15 interceptions match his total from last season.
Ryan said there are various reasons behind Manning's picks. Sometimes it can be a result of pressure on Manning. Other times he might make a poor decision with the ball. There can be miscommunication with receivers, like what happened against the Bears.
A lack of stability around Manning hasn't helped either. The Giants have not been healthy along the offensive line and at running back this season, seemingly shuffling in a new starter every week. Manning rarely has worked with the same offensive line, and the Giants have already used five different backs.
"I don't know if it specifically affected him. I can tell you as a professional and a competitor, I don't think Eli spends a lot of time thinking, 'Hey, I'm worried about this new guy,'" Ryan said. "But I think in general every offense in America at every level, if you're changing players, there's a growth period."
Through the struggles and the losing, Ryan did not notice a change in the quarterback. Ryan said Manning became frustrated with the disappointing results but stuck to his routine. Over the past two weeks, Manning showed signs of improvement with ball security, and more important, the Giants got back on the winning track.
The Giants are hoping they get more of those types of performances from their franchise quarterback during the second half of the season.
"The one thing that has stayed consistent is that this guy comes to work every day, his prep doesn't change, he believes in his preparation and we believe in it and what we're doing, and I think that will be the key and has been the key to turning it around," Ryan said. "He's done that. He's stayed constant with that."