Eli Manning's Play Proves He Hates Egotistical Offensive Teammates

August 3, 2017

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Flashback for a second, when Instagram just arrived on the scene, when people other than your grandparents used Facebook, and when Siri was, like, the coolest thing ever.

Yep, that's 2011 for ya.

That year, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning put on "one of the best QB displays of the last 10 years," according to Pro Football Focus.

Manning set career highs in passing yards, yards per attempt, Pro Football Focus grade, and set a league record for touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

Oh, and he finished off that magical season, where he literally put the Giants on his back, with a playoff run that saw him complete 65% of his passes, throw nine touchdowns (just one interception), and register a passer rating over 100.

Why did he play so well? It's simple.

The group he was working with was low maintenance, none causing problems, none having big egos, none having big contracts.

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From undrafted and unknown players like Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard to the mellow Hakeem Nicks, to the guy who was never more than a third receiver (and I'm sure he knew it) Mario Manningham, that group perfectly fit Manning's personality.

The only loudmouth on that offense was Brandon Jacobs, and at that point in his career, he was over the hills.

Remember the days of Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey? Remember how once both left/got injured, Manning finally put things together and won a Super Bowl?

He doesn't like big personalities. It doesn't fit his style.

Odell Beckham Jr. became a superstar after making one of the greatest catches we had ever seen against the Dallas Cowboys during his rookie season.

But OBJ first became a "distraction" in the infamous Week 15 matchup against Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

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Before that game, Manning had thrown 49 touchdowns, 19 interceptions, and registered 11 games with a passer rating over 100 in 25 games with OBJ.

After that game, Manning has thrown just 28 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and registered five games with a passer rating over 100 in 17 games with OBJ.

While also showing a legitimate drop off in 2016, posting his lowest yards per attempt since 2007.

And interestingly enough, Manning admitted on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that even though the Giants are loaded at wide receiver, it's still not easy to juggle all of the egos.

"We have a lot of weapons, but with that comes a lot of egos," said Manning. "And with the receivers, they all want the ball, and that's a good thing!

You want guys who want the ball, who feel they are open, who have the confidence that they are going to get open every play.

So, there is controlling that, obviously, trying to get them all the ball, keep em' all happy. But I think you get the best units when the guys all get along with each other."

While everyone is ranting and raving about the potential of the Giants offense this season, it also needs to be understood that Manning has played his best when everyone's ego is in check.

And with OBJ and Brandon Marshall on the same team, that could certainly complicate that idea.

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