The Giants' rebuilt (save for Ereck Flowers) offensive line has been a mess during the first two weeks, but Eli Manning said the Giants being 0-2 is on everyone, calling it a "combination of stuff."
"There was nothing that we didn't have an answer for," he said Monday. "Enough things might mess up a little bit, it's a combination of everybody, it's not just the offensive line. When sacks are happening obviously the offensive line gets blamed most of the time but that's not necessarily the case. You got running backs, you got quarterbacks, you got receivers, everybody plays a part in that.''
Manning's point isn't completely off base.
It wasn't only offensive linemen who were missing assignments, and Manning himself was a bit skittish at times during Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys when he didn't have to be -- forcing some quick short throws when opportunities for huge gains were developing downfield.
But the offensive line has been a disaster, and is the main reason why the Giants (and Manning specifcally) have been put in position to fail -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano wrote on Monday. And center Jon Halapio is now out for the season, adding to the issue.
Manning was sacked six times on Sunday after being sacked twice during the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Jaguars, which extrapolates to 64 sacks over a full season. He was sacked a total of 31 times in 2017.