Archie Manning knows his son -- Giants QB Eli Manning -- doesn't want to end his career in New York on a sour note with a 3-13 season. That is why he loves hearing the Giants' new regime is in his corner.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur are confident in Manning despite the woes of last season. The 37-year-old stayed healthy through all the other injures that ravaged the offense, and his father believes with Eli at the helm, the Giants could make a comeback next season.
Archie also knows his son doesn't want to daunt other jersey next season.
"I think there's something special to play a career in one spot," Archie told The Post's Steve Serby. "He certainly didn't want to leave on a season like that. But at the same time, he understands the whole scenario...I know this: I know no one will outwork him."
Eli has been working since the season ended, maintaining his arm strength and body for another grueling season. For older quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Tom Brady, Eli says it has become a routine for him the last few years.
"I think I've done a good job with we call it prehab, or your maintenance work, just keeping it strong, keeping it loose, and strengthening exercises that keep it alive and recovery exercises, as well," Eli said. "I think I've done a good job kinda these last four years getting a plan to keep it alive and to extend the career."
Eli may see some new competition wearing a red jersey during training camp as the Giants will likely consider taking a quarterback with their No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. It is an opportunity for the Giants that both Mannings understand, but Eli will be ready for the challenge if it presents itself.
"It's just a fact around the NFL, when you quarterback gets north of 35, you're on the lookout for the next guy. They even started that last year with Davis [Webb]. That you don't want to pass on a franchise quarterback. I'm sure that's what they're gonna do the next couple of months is decide if there's a franchise guy up there, if they need to take him. Eli understands that.
"I'm sure his goal, even if they pick, is to hold him off as long as he can. You do that by playing good and winning games. That's how you hold 'em off."
Eli is still the Giants' guy under center, and he realizes it will be his job to lose. But can he lead the Giants to a turnaround year in 2018? Archie thinks so with the team returning to full health as well as the desire to erase 2017 out of their minds.
"I think when the Giants heal up, they can jump back and have a good football team," Archie said. "That was a crazy year, you know? Two years ago, they were a pretty good football team, all of a suddent last year things went south. I'm sure they're gonna evaluate things and try to put a good product on the field.
"Eli's healthy. Nobody on the Giants liked what went on last year. Everyone that's gonna be on that team next year wants to turn it around."