New York Giants: Geno Smith Is (Clearly) Better Than Eli Manning

December 4, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Geno Smith #3 of the New York Giants warms up prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 3, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

As if most of you didn't hate me already, I will continue to do what I do best - tell the truth, while other blogs and sites throw pro-New York Giants propaganda down your throats.

(I'm talking to you,

OK, here it is: Geno Smith is way fucking better than Eli Manning and if you don't see the difference than you are just kidding yourself at this point.

Watching him make his first start since Week 7 of last season, Geno showed two qualities vs. the Oakland Raiders that Eli doesn't/will never have ever again:

  1. Mobility, the ability to extend a play
  2. The ability to throw on the run

We all understand the Giants lack a consistent run game; we all understand their offensive line is being put together by Flex Tape at this point.

And that's exactly why Geno's style fits this offense way better than Eli's.

Pro Football Focus gave Geno a grade of 83.2 in yesterday's game (Eli has a grade of 78.9 on the season) and it would have been much higher if not for two lost fumbles (neither I would consider his fault).

(Below shows him moving up in the pocket, avoiding the rush, and completing a 16-yard pass to Evan Engram ... Could Eli make that play?)

The Giants also handed him a "conservative game plan to execute," per PFF, which is obviously expected when you consider that he hasn't played in over a year.

But with time, given more flexibility to make plays downfield (especially with a player like Odell Beckham Jr. on the field), this kid seems like he could be a more than viable starter.

Unfortunately, like they always seem to do, the New York Jets destroy the reputation of every quarterback that puts on the pads.

What many forget is that Geno was a second-round draft pick and he has all of the measurables you would want in a franchise quarterback (size, arm, mobility), although, his awareness (throwing media jabs at Rex Ryan and Craig Carton is just stupid, ignore both of those jokers) could get better.

Plus, he was apparently "fuming" and "needed to be consoled" by teammates after the game, which is a breath of fresh air after watching lackluster Eli for so long.

(Below shows him moving up, avoiding the rush, throwing off one foot, and completing a huge 29-yard play to Evan Engram ... Could Eli make that play?) 

At this stage in his career, Eli Manning needs just about everything around him to go well in order for him to be fully effective.

He needs a strong run game; he needs a really good offensive line.

The Giants possess neither of those things, for now.

Is Eli still a starting quarterback? Yes. But his experience, awareness, and class can't cover up his physical deficiencies for him to lead the Giants to another Super Bowl.

While I'm not pronouncing Geno the quarterback of the future by any means, at least the fan base is seeing what a quarterback with some mobility can bring.

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