Shurmur: Eli will start vs. 49ers Monday Night

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

But there are also no guarantees that Manning will remain the starter if he struggles again.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Eli Manning will start for the New York Giants Monday night when the team visits the 49ers, head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed.

Beyond that, though, is anyone's guess.

The 37-year-old Manning has struggled behind a revolving door of offensive linemen that have just not played well at all this season.

But Manning, who despite having a career-best 68.3 completion percentage, has also struggled with feeling the rush and adjusting accordingly, something he used to handle much better earlier in his career.

Thus far, Shurmur has stuck with Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, but with the Giants 2018 season already lost and eyes starting to look ahead to next year, it's imperative that the team get enough information regarding whether to remain their long-time starter regardless if they draft his heir, or if they totally cut bait and move on.

"I spoke to Eli a couple times this weekend and I explained to Eli that he’s going to start Monday," Shurmur said.

"I also explained to Eli that everybody needs to play better and as we go through this, it’s important that we’re not ‘almost’ in these games, we do what we have to do to get it over the top and win football games. We’ll just take it from there. But I spoke to the team about that, and then I also spoke to Eli about that specifically."

If Manning should falter again Monday night, the belief is the team might turn to rookie Kyle Lauletta, who is currently dealing with the fallout from his arrest last week on a traffic-related incident.

" He’s working himself in a position to play, he’s done a good job out here in practice," Shurmur said.

"He’s a small school quarterback, so there was a lot to learn and there is a lot to learn about how to prepare in the NFL, and he’s going through the process of doing that."

Shurmur also didn't rule out giving Alex Tanney, who's been active on game days as Manning's backup, a chance if the situation warranted it.

"It goes without saying, we’ve had him as number two throughout. We just don’t stack them up willy-nilly. Based on when we started this, Eli’s starting, and Alex has been the backup," Shurmur said.

"Again, when you bring in rookie quarterbacks, there is a process they have to go through to develop and some guys have to develop further than others. I don’t know what the world is expecting, we’re just trying to get him as good as he can be so that when he goes in there he has success."

Comments