As the Giants prepare to leave their reunion week – players will retire on Wednesday – Pat Shurmur gave a strong vote of confidence in the one position that interests everyone watching the team.
"Eli is our quarterback," he said about the twice-besieged Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
But what if the Giants return early next week?
Shurmur was less clear on this topic.
"We'll see," he said. "We'll all look at things, I think we have a minute to do that, and I think we need to make good choices in the future."
Shurmur realizes how heavy his words are, and he tries to be as precise as possible. He said he did not want to "freshen up" the idea of a quarterback change. Since the end of Sunday's loss to Washington, he has done little to defuse that possibility.
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"At this point Eli is our quarterback and we look at all areas where we can improve," he said. "That's where it is."
It seems like it's a bye-week referendum on Manning's future in the position he has held since the 11th week of the 2004 season, but the quarterback said he was not worried.
"That's what a coach does," said. "Bye week, you judge everything, that's part of his job."
Whether this verdict will keep Manning on the field, he said, "I hope so." If not, he said he would handle it.
"I've always been a team player and do as I was told," he said. "I expect and want to be the start quarterback until I'm told otherwise."
In his weekly radio appearance on WFAN, Manning said it had crossed his mind that he would be with the Giants at the end of his time.
"They try not to think about it," he said. Hey, you know, when you get to the 15th year and you do not win any games, you do not know how many options you have left. "
He also said losing in old age 37 years is much more difficult than it was rookie when he was 1-6 starter.
"At the beginning of your career, you have a tough season or tough games, you put it to learning," he said. "You learn how to win and put everything together, and you know that you have time and build something with your core group." Late in [your career]you do not know if there's another year or what's in front of you It's going to give you everything and give it everything to spin and win or feel good about what's going to happen, that's kind of the outlook. "
" Hey, I still have eight games to do something good in. " to do this season. It does not guarantee that you will play the playoffs or you will play next year. It guarantees nothing. But you can feel good and it's fun to win, it's fun to win football games, it's fun to win several games in a row, that's great feelings and we have the opportunity to do that, to feel good ,
The debate over Manning comes more from the team's performance than his. He has a pass rate of 91.0 this season, with eight touchdown passes and six interceptions, and was unable to raise an insult. German: www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=167 Score in a league where younger, more mobile quarterbacks shake their heads and touchdowns fall out of their hair.
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Shurmur insists that although Lauletta is not yet active for a game in the regular season, he gets repetitions in the exercises.
"You always want to make sure that if you replace someone, you'll replace him with someone who can do that job," Shurmur said. "I think you always consider that, because the team trusts that we play the best people in all positions."
However, changing a quarterback is never an easy decision. The Giants have made many line-up changes this season, but replacing a two-time Super Bowl MVP is not only handled in the head coaching area.
Shurmur said he has not spoken to General Manager Dave Gettleman or Manning's possession. "I imagine that's maybe part of what we're doing this week," he said.
And it could determine who plays quarterback for the Giants this season.