Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well.
And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon.
Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season.
"Toast. He is toast, OK?" Woody said. "Listen, everyone has talked about the offensive line. I mean, I live in the New York tri-state area. You hear it all the time: 'The Giants offensive line is trash.' Which they are. They're bad. They're bad. There's no question about that.
"But there's been one constant with the Giants. They've had change at GM. They've had change at the head coaching position. They signed Odell Beckham. They drafted a running back. But there's been one constant, and that's the quarterback, OK? Eli Manning. I understand he won two Super Bowls. I get it, OK? But nobody cares about that. We're not talking about legacy here. What was that, back in like 2011? Dude, that's like eons ago, OK? We're talking about right here, right now."
One of Manning's former targets in Victor Cruz was there to counter Woody, saying that the offensive line is where he would look at first before his former quarterback. But Woody doesn't like that Manning needs everything to be perfect.
"When you look at Eli Manning and the Giants offense, he needs like the perfect storm," Woody said. "He needs everything, the enivornment, perfect. He needs the protection to be perfect."
He's not wrong. Manning has already been sacked eight times this season, six of which came against the Cowboys this past Sunday. His scrambling ability is sub-par, with Cruz saying he was never one to avoid pressure to begin with.
The Giants didn't address Manning's declining play in the offseason, as they went with RB Saquon Barkley instead with their No. 2 overall pick. Sam Darnold, who went to the Jets immediately after Barkley's name was called, has looked great in his first two games especially with his ability to extend plays.
With all the tools around Manning in Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram, Woody doesn't see any excuse for Manning.
"He has the weapons. He has the running back. All those things. But that's not the nature of the National Football League," he said. "There's going to be times when you need to make plays off platform, off schedule. That's what the really good quarterbacks do."