New York Giants GM Jerry Reese's confidence in QB Eli Manning did not waver following Sunday's season-ending 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers or while seeing the offense struggle mightily over the course of the season.
Despite the fact Manning threw multiple touchdown passes in a game just once over the last five (including Sunday) and the Giants failed to score more than 30 points in a game all season, Reese said he was confident in his quarterback.
"Last night he was in a good rhythm and was throwing the ball well, and there were some drops that came into play and it kind of set the tone for things that happened last night," Reese said. "But overall, I thought that Eli played well."
Manning threw for 4,027 yards and 26 touchdowns this season, both his fewest since 2013, which was before Ben McAdoo joined the Giants. McAdoo, who finished his first season as Giants head coach, reiterated his confidence in Manning, who has started the Giants' last 201 games.
"Each and every day we all have something to prove in this business. Each and every day we have to go out and prove it," McAdoo said. "I don't see anything from this year that says he can't play at a high level."
A year after the Giants averaged the sixth most points per game, they ranked 26th, averaging 6.9 fewer points per game compared to 2015, which Manning said the team needs to improve upon.
"I thought we did some good things offensively," he said. "We have guys that have been here in this system for a number of years that know what they're doing. Have some young guys that did some good things for us that will continue to grow and get better. I think we have a good core of people to be an explosive and top offense. ... I think we're at a good position but need to improve as well."
Said Reese: "We have some things that we need to evaluate and we will do that. We will be honest about it and evaluate it and see which direction we need to go to get it fixed."
While Reese added the Giants have started to think of who will follow in Manning's footsteps, he added he does not think Manning's age (36) would slow him down over the short-term.
"I don't think that is ancient for a quarterback," Reese said. "I think he is probably on the back nine, but I don't think that is ancient for a quarterback, and he is taking care of himself really well, and I thought he finished the season strong. I thought he was in a really good rhythm last night. We were protecting, running the ball a little bit, he was hitting guys, and we just had some untimely drops right there that hurt him."