Former Giants QB Phil Simms said the 2018 team was built for Eli Manning "to have success" and that it isn't "working out" for the 37-year-old.
When asked by Christopher Russo on Mad Dog Radio if Manning was done as a "big-time starting quarterback," Simms said yes.
"As a big-time starting quarterback? Yes.," he said. "Okay, when you phrase it that way, as a big-time starter he is. ... The Giants built this team for this year for Eli Manning to have success. That's what they did. They re-did basically the whole offensive line. They've signed Odell Beckham Jr. They bring in an offensive coach, the defensive coach. Everything was there. They draft Saquon Barkley, which is a great deal. We saw the kid can be great, we know that. So it's all set up. Sterling Shephard, a good second receiver. Evan Engram, we know he's hurt, but it's all there because we want the quarterback to do well, and it's not working out."
Russo then asked Simms if it was Eli or the rest of the team that was more to blame.
"Well, it's always a combination," Simms said. "The line has not been great. But, you know, the last couple of weeks there's opportunity to stand there and throw the ball. I gotta tell you I'm disappointed in a few things. One, they're not getting the football down the field. ... The other is they're not moving the quarterback even close to what I - and you've heard me say this - but they're not moving him enough. I mean, you can't just drop back in the NFL and stand there. And there's got to be more deception."
Simms added that the biggest issue is that -- unlike Phillip Rivers and Tom Brady, who scramble and move around outside the pocket -- the Giants don't do enough of that with Manning.
Lots of the blame earlier in the season went to the Giants' offensive line. But that changed after the Giants' Week 6 no-show against the Eagles, where Manning looked like a deer in the headlights for most of the game while rushing throws, missing lots of his targets by a wide margin, and finishing with a season-low 55.8 completion percentage.
Though the Giants are 1-5 and Manning has gotten increasingly worse since their only win of the season in Week 3 against the Texans, head coach Pat Shurmer said earlier this week that the team has no plans to make a change at quarterback.