The New York Giants don’t have a quarterback controversy. Eli Manning in unquestionably the team’s signal caller and all signs point to Ryan Nassib being his replacement. The question worth asking about the Giants situation at quarterback is how much longer the present regime will stay in tact before turning it over to the future.
Manning is entering the final season of the seven year contract he signed in 2009. He’s set to make $17-million in 2015 and then becomes an unrestricted free agent. Manning, who just turned 34-years-old at the beginning of the month, is still capable of being an upper tier quarterback in this league. But for how much longer – who knows?
Manning is coming off arguably the best statistical season of his career. He threw for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. His QB Rating of 92.1 is the third highest of his 11-year career. Manning seemed to improve on a weekly basis in Ben McAdoo’s West Coast system, which is a promising sign moving forward. Prior to McAdoo’s arrival this offseason, Manning had only ever worked with Kevin Gilbride as his offensive coordinator. The results of that duo were mixed, but after an atrocious 2013 season, a change was needed. With another offseason running and working with the West Coast offense under his belt, Manning could be even better in 2015.
Ryan Nassib appears to be Eli’s successor. The Giants traded up in the 2013 draft to select the Syracuse QB, but Manning is an iron man so the league hasn’t really gotten a chance to see him play yet; however, Nassib did look very impressive in the preseason running McAdoo’s offense, throwing for 481 yards and 5 touchdowns without turning over the ball in five preseason games.
Despite a funky delivery, Nassib has a pretty strong arm with enough zip and velocity to squeeze deep balls into tight windows.
The biggest question surrounding the quarterback position for the New York Giants is the future of Eli Manning with the team. If Manning goes out and has another big year like he did in 2014, it’s very difficult to imagine the team not bringing him back despite being 35. But if Manning reverts to his old, turnover prone self, don’t be surprised to see Big Blue cut ties with the man that delivered two Lombardi Trophies to the Big Apple.