August 29, 2004

Warner chosen over Manning: The New York Football Giants have decided on age over beauty , at least to start the year. The decision seems to have been made mostly on the fact that Manning has been deeply underwhelming in the preseason so far.

Do you think it'll matter who's QBing this year for them? I have to admit I don't.

posted by chicobangs to football at 03:07 PM - 12 comments

Didn't I just see Warner throw like 4 interceptions and get sacked even more?

posted by molafson at 05:13 PM on August 29, 2004

Won't matter, and Manning will be the starter by the eight game if the Giants have less than five wins.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:10 PM on August 29, 2004

I guess it makes sense. Although Warner does not impress, Manning is a kid. He'll get his shot this season; meanwhile, he'd do best to cultivate patience and learn as fast as he can. (And no, I don't think it'll matter all that much, but I'm willing to be surprised)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:47 PM on August 29, 2004

They traded 74 players and spent $108 million dollars to get the kid so he won't play? I really don't understand football. I would have thought the cat was good to go into his rookie year. His brother was, wasn't he?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:41 PM on August 29, 2004

Peyton wasn't that great his first year in the NFL, but he's paying off dividends now. I think he's bound to get his Ring one of these years. I'm sure Eli will blossom into a pretty good quarterback soon enough as well. The difference between he and his brother was that Eli caused such a stink at the draft. First impressions linger for a long time. With that said, I think this is Eli's first real lesson in the NFL and he has a few more coming a lot worse than this I bet.

posted by Punkrockrat at 10:05 PM on August 29, 2004

Well if Eli is your future, this is the smart move then. Feeding him to the Eagles D as his first game out of the chute is the kind of thing that can break a rookie. With Warner at QB they Giants will still lose and have a built in scapegoat. They can blame the INT's and the loss and the sacks on Warner instead of the fact this really isn't a very good team.

posted by pivo at 10:34 PM on August 29, 2004

ok for those viewers who are not fervent nfl fans, or how might be reading this thread beyond the confines of the continental united states.... quarterbacking is hard. dan marino didn't start out of the gate his rookie season, john elway was benched during his, and troy aikman only managed one win. all of those players are/will be in the nfl hall of fame. there is no reason to get upset about manning starting or not starting at this point. obviously warner is a superbowl winning qb, and if it were my team, i'd throw him out there for the first part of the season too. even though he really does suck.

posted by lescour at 12:49 AM on August 30, 2004

Eli has come a long way from the whiny #1 pick... to a rookie who "should" be starting. One disgusting outing could turn that ship right around. The fans and the media appear behind him, so why jeopardize that. Coughlin is definitely doing the right thing here by allowing Eli to come storming off the bench at some point if things go wrong.

posted by YukonGold at 07:27 AM on August 30, 2004

Rookie seasons are usually gruesome. Aikman's was, and Byron Leftwich was pretty bad in 2003 for the Jags (Jack of the River should have gone with Brunell). I think Father Coughlin's making the right move here, though I wonder if he'll be able to manage a quarterback controversy with all of the attention it will get in New York.

posted by rcade at 08:47 AM on August 30, 2004

I want to see Warner get back to top form, only because he's become a much more sympathetic figure than that Manning brat. Of course Warner would ruin it by attributing it to divine intervention.

posted by dusted at 12:09 PM on August 30, 2004

Or worse, Brenda. I would love to see him return to form as well, however.

posted by pivo at 01:21 PM on August 30, 2004

Manning will be the starter by the eight game if the Giants have less than five wins. If the Giants have three wins by then I'll be shock(ey)ed. And if Coughlin is still the coach at the end of next season I'll eat my hat. This isn't a team that feels like it's going in the right direction. (The fact that Eli has put me off with that whole Chargers thing, and that I never liked Warner or Coughlin to start with, has made it easy to dismiss them, but even so, I'm dismissing them. Especially with no O-line to speak of.) Am I missing something? Is there any hope in Giantland this year? At all?

posted by chicobangs at 01:57 PM on August 30, 2004

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