On the hot seat: Eli Manning

March, 2, 2011
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Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson looks at NFC East players who must improve in 2011.

Eli Manning is one of the better quarterbacks in this league. Really. Trust me. Twenty NFL cities -- or more -- would trade their guy for Manning.

He makes this post for one reason: the turnovers. The interceptions -- and the fumbles, to a lesser extent -- just need to be cut down. Many of his interceptions did come off tipped balls, and his receivers deserve quite a bit of blame here as well, but in the end, getting this corrected falls on Manning.

The New York Giants were not only very young at the wide receiver position, they were also extremely banged up at that spot during the second half of the season. They were forced to insert players who had little or no experience into the game day equation. Being on the same page with Manning and receiver route adjustments were a problem for much of the 2010 season.

But Manning did force too many throws that he just should not have attempted. He also has not handled pressure as well as he has in the past, and the Giants’ protection also was not as strong as it has been.

Clearly Manning tried to do too much, and 25 interceptions are just too many -- no matter what the circumstances. The Giants also have a very disturbing trend of deteriorating late in the season, which -- fairly or not -- reflects on the quarterback to some extent. I expect Manning to rebound and his receivers to mature. But last season’s performance does put Manning on the hot seat.

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