Nothing has been more irritating than the constant criticism of Eli Manning for the struggles of the New York Giants in recent years.
This is a franchise with high expectations. This year will likely mark the sixth of the last seven season in which the Giants have failed to make the playoffs since winning Super Bowl XLVI. Change is needed, but it’s needed in areas that don’t include moving on from Manning just yet.
Manning is currently tied with Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott, for the league lead having been sacked 38 times. That’s not by any means a category you want to lead the league in, but it also isn’t a category to blame any quarterback for.
Those 38 sacks put Manning on pace to be dropped behind the line of scrimmage 55 times this season. That’s 16 more than his current career high of 39, set in 2013. The last time someone was sacked more than 55 times was also 2013, when Ryan Tannehill was dropped 58 times.
If you don’t like throwing the blame on the offensive line, let’s take a look at Manning’s numbers…