Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning both eager to begin working together
The New York Giants on Friday officially introduced Pat Shurmur as the team’s new head coach. And it sounds like both Shurmur and Eli Manning cannot wait to work with one another.
Manning suffered through a disastrous season in 2016, during which not only did the Giants post a 3-13 record, he was also unceremoniously — and arguably wrongfully — benched late in the season.
Circumstances have changed, of course, as the Giants — with Shurmur taking over for Ben McAdoo and a new GM in place in Dave Gettleman — hopefully are embarking upon an organizational rebirth.
While there was some speculation concerning Manning’s future with the Giants, Gettleman seemingly has hitched the team’s wagon to Manning, at least at the onset of the offseason. And with Shurmur’s comments at his Friday press conference, it seems he’s on board with Manning as well.
“He’s an outstanding player and I can’t wait to get to work with him,” Shurmur said, via Pro Football Talk, before adding, “I think he’s got years left.”
Manning, meanwhile, expressed excitement over working with Shurmur as well as the former coordinator received high marks for running the Vikings’ offense last season, earning Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
“(I’m) just excited to see how he calls games, how he looks at defenses, how he wants to pick them apart and just seeing his insight to that and learn from it,” Manning said of Shurmur, via the New York Daily News. “So we can see things the same way, have great communication and figure out how to score some points.”
Manning posted the worst statistical output of his career last season. In total, Manning completed 61.6% of his passes for 3,468 yards to go along with 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 80.4 quarterback rating. The 37-year-old signal-caller, however, certainly sounds eager to turn the page.
“I’m here to work,” Manning said. “I’m here to learn and be studious and learn from him and just get the offense and the plays that he wants to run and do it his way. That’s the best way to have an offense be successful.”