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Simms, Marino & Co. say Giants should stick with Eli for the long haul

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants drops back

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field. (Oct. 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Giants’ quarterback is broken, but do they need a new one?

That was the question posed to four former NFL passers on CBS Sports Network’s show “NFL Monday QB” today. And here are their answers:

From Phil Simms: “It has been a rough year. But there is no doubt in my mind that I would stay with Eli Manning. And so will the Giants, because you know what you have. And, if you bring someone in you have to groom him to be what Eli is. And let me just throw this out there right now, this unbelievable quarterback class that is coming out, it is not going to be unbelievable. We’ll find out when the time comes, but I don’t see any knock down, absolutely sure, big-time NFL quarterbacks so far from this upcoming draft.”

From Dan Marino: “Last time I checked, Teddy Bridgewater did not win two Super Bowls. The level of play that Eli Manning has displayed throughout his career is there. He’s proven. It’s just an off year for them. The New York Giants are not very good, obviously at 0-6, but there is no way I’m taking a young quarterback when I’ve got a guy like Eli Manning. He’ll get over this year. And he’s going to be a much better player as time goes on.”

From Rich Gannon: “You have a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Eli Manning. Does he have to play better? Absolutely. But I think it’s insane to even consider that the Giants would make a change.”

And from Steve Beuerlein: “I am a huge Eli fan. I’m honest when I say he’s not playing well. This year has been pathetic. But there is no way you can discount what he has done to this point… He’ll forget about this year. He’ll forget about this year before this year even ends. He’ll start playing better and Eli will prove he’s the guy there for the next many years.”


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