There may be a lot of chatter about replacing Eli Manning in New York, but that talk isn’t taking place on the West Coast. Kyle Shanahan, coach of the 49ers, said he’s not worried about getting ready to face anyone else in Monday night’s game.
“We’re preparing for Eli Manning,” Shanahan said on Thursday. “I understand the stuff he’s going through this year, but Eli can still play at a very high level. He can still make every throw, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, and I know he can still get it done and he’s put it on tape this year.”
Pat Shurmur did say Manning will start this game, so Shanahan has no reason to believe he’ll get any other player behind center. But Shurmur has also indicated that Manning needs to play better to keep his job. And with the Giants itching to get a look at either of their backup quarterbacks at some point this season, a lousy start for Manning could mean the first in-game benching of his career.
The 49ers, though, aren’t thinking about any of that.
“I know they haven’t totally found their rhythm offensively, but there’s times where they can heat up and if you don’t make Eli uncomfortable and get their rhythm off, he still has the capability of being Eli, making every single throw and putting up a lot of points and a lot of yards,” Shanahan said. “We’re one hundred percent preparing for him. You’ve always got to be ready for someone else to come in every week whether it’s injury or what, but we’re definitely preparing for Eli.”