2013 was a brutal season for Eli Manning. He's never shied away from throwing interceptions, but he tossed a league-leading 27 of them last year, to go along with just 18 touchdowns as the Giants offense struggled.
Kevin Gilbride got the boot as a result and the G-men brought in Ben McAdoo to revamp the offense. According to Eli it worked and has "re-energized" the quarterback.
"It's reenergized me," Manning told the New York Daily News. "I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months."
Manning's learning the new playbook while dealing with an injured ankle suffered in the Giants season finale; he had surgery on the ankle
According to Kevin Armstrong of the Daily News, Manning "insisted that he was fine and did not have limits during offseason workouts."
Betting on a bounceback is a smart bet: it would be hard for Manning to be any worse than he was in 2013.
The Giants drafted rookie Odell Beckham, Jr., with their first-round pick. Beckham would have to try to be less effective than Hakeem Nicks was for New York last year. Reuben Randle and Victor Cruz combine to give Eli an interesting and dangerous trio of wideouts.
It's easy to write off Manning because of his poor 2013 season, but if Philip Rivers taught us anything last year, it's that talent and a new system can help revive a struggling quarterback.