Ryan Nassib saw Eli Manning throw five interceptions against the 49ers on Sunday. If he hadn't, there would be no way he would be able to tell whether Manning had a great game or a disappointing one.
"The one thing I notice about Eli is good game or bad game, he comes to work the same every week," said Nassib, Manning's backup quarterback and the teammate who spends the most time with him during the week of preparations. "You don't see him down on himself. You can see why he could, but he doesn't. He comes in and works just as hard in good times and bad. That comes from the type of player he is and the type of man he is.
"The way you see him on Mondays, he could have thrown for five touchdowns or thrown five picks," Nassib added. "That's one of his best qualities."
That's what has allowed Manning to bounce so quickly back from some of the worst outings of his career. Sunday was the 19th time in his career that Manning has thrown three or more interceptions in a game. In the games following those games, Manning has a record of 12-6. In six of those games he has thrown one or zero interceptions. Only once has he ever followed up with an increase in picks in the next game. That was last year when he threw three in the opener against the Cowboys and four the following week against the Broncos.
While we're logging bounce-backs, last year Manning had five games with 3 or more interceptions. He was 2-3 in games that followed those. So take away the misery of 2013, and his record in games after clunkers was an impressive 10-3.
Does every quarterback have that ability to put poor performances to rest so quickly? Does Nassib?
"I hope so," said the second-year quarterback who has never started an NFL game but is learning from Manning. "You have to have a short memory. You have to forget the good and bad, treat each week separately. You can't be down because the offense looks for you to guide them, to lead them. If they see you down, they'll think it's ok to do the same."
That's a lot of responsibility.
"It comes with the position," Nassib said.