The highest completion percentage ever recorded by Giants quarterback Eli Manning in a season is 62.9 percent in 2010. Only four players ever have completed more than 70 percent of their passes in a season -- Ken Anderson in 1982, Joe Montana in 1989, Steve Young in 1994, and Drew Brees in 2009 and 2011 -- but the Giants would like to add Manning to that list.
Yep, that's right. With new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo reforming the offense, the team wants less down-field attempts from Manning and more accuracy. Much more accuracy.
"We'd love to be up there at 70 percent," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Monday, via the NY Daily News. "It hasn't been done very often. That's the ultimate goal. We'd like to raise his completion percentage for sure."
Perhaps less interceptions than last season would be nice as well. As New York embarked on an 0-6 start to the 2013 season, Manning had one of the worst years of his career, tossing a league-high 27 picks (coincidentally, he also led the league with 25 interceptions in 2010 while putting up his best-ever completion percentage).
He was also far off the 70 percent mark.
Last season, Eli Manning completed 57.5% of his passes (317 for 551). ... He was 69 completions short of 70%.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) July 28, 2014
But Manning has confidence in himself.
"The high 60s is kind of the goal, to be in the top of the league," Manning said. "Sure it's realistic. It's a combination of the offense and the players we have."
Hard to believe, though, that Manning -- who, as you might have noticed, never said anything in the above quote about 70 percent -- actually could reach such a mark.
Still, there has to be hope.
Joe Montana completed 59.9% in '88, then 70.2% in '89. So perhaps Eli has a mini-shot at this...— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 28, 2014