Eli Manning has never had an 0-3 start to a season and he probably hasn’t had a string of three games like these past ones since deep back in his career. But there is something that has changed in Manning’s life since then that helps him cope with the struggles, and it has nothing to do with the two Super Bowl MVPs that he can always point to.
It’s his family. His wife and two daughters.
“Obviously when you go home, at that time you don’t really have an opportunity to be in a bad mood or to be a grump or hang your head,” Manning said. “My wife and my girls won’t let me do that. It will lift your spirits a little easier that those first couple of years when you go home to an empty apartment. It’s a little easier to get down on yourself.”
Still, Manning admitted that the past three weeks have been frustrating.
“You put a lot of work in and you work all offseason and training camp and you feel each week you prepare to go out there and have a great plan and perform well,” he said. “When you lose or don’t perform your best, it makes it frustrating. But you just have to keep and stay at it. Over the years that’s what you learn. ‘Hey, I’m doing all the things correctly in my preparation, in my practice, it’ll come around.’ If we keep working at it, keep grinding at it, it will pay off and we will start playing better.”