Giants QB Eli Manning is getting a headstart, and watching some Vikings film to see how Pat Shurmur's offense works.
The Giants new head coach and veteran quarterback are prevented from watching film together until the new league year. But Manning, a stout student on and off the field, has already begun looking at Shurmur's latest film with the Vikings to see how he could be effective in his system.
"I just watched (the Vikings') offense in a couple of games from last year," Manning told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "I just tried to have the plays kind of written on the screen so I can start learning some of the terminology and put it all together, just calling plays and seeing some of the schemes that they're running."
For his studying, Manning has seen a combination of ideas from Shurmur's time bouncing around the league. But, overall, the West Coast scheme that Shurmur is famous for can be seen clearly in Minnesota.
"Obviously I haven't had him in a coaching role, but I think kind of a combination of offenses over the years where he's been, whether it's Andy Reid or Chip Kelly or Norv Turner," Manning said. "I think it's kind of a combination of things. I'm excited to learn it and figure out what we're going to be doing."
Manning worked on his footwork with former head coach Ben McAdoo in charge, as it fit more to a West Coast offense. Shurmur has seen it, and knows it will work.
"The footwork will probably be closer to the West Coast family of footwork, so it'll fit," he said.
Manning and Shurmur are no prohibited from speaking casually, and they have had a few conversations over the past couple weeks. Manning is very excited to start working with the new head coach.
"He's a really nice guy and has had success," Manning said. "I'm excited to get back to work and learn this offense and get guys back in the spring and get working on it."