Eli Manning may have been working on his short game on Tuesday for charity at the Giants foundation golf outing.
But during this offseason, Manning has spent time in the film room working with his new quarterbacks coach, Mike Sullivan, on how to become a more consistent quarterback.
Sullivan was the wide receivers coach last year and moved into his new position after Chris Palmer left.
Unlike Palmer, Sullivan inherits Manning in his seventh season. Manning is coming off his finest statistical season after throwing for 4,021 yards and 27 touchdowns last year. Manning is in his prime but Sullivan wants to make Manning a more consistent quarterback and avoid having peaks and valleys.
Sullivan and Manning have been looking at past plays with Sullivan asking the quarterback exactly what he was thinking on every play and why he made certain decisions.
“That is the challenge,” Sullivan said of helping Manning become more consistent. “Whether it is in a meeting, at practice, putting him in those situations where we can reinforce that (positive) habit (so) someone with such great talent, that he is not out there thinking and overanalyzing and he can go out there and use his God-given ability and make good, fast accurate decisions.”
The transition from Palmer to Sullivan hasn’t been difficult. Manning would often times communicate to many of his receivers through Sullivan in the past and the two worked together to make sure the quarterback and wide receivers were on the same page.
“He has been in this offense and we came in the same year and before that he has been with Coach (Tom) Coughlin and this offense so he knows everything very well,” Manning said. “A lot of it is just communication, how I see things, how I read things, kind of from a quarterback’s perspective.”
Manning not only has a new position coach to work with but a new backup as well. And in Jim Sorgi, Manning has a backup who studied his brother Peyton in Indianapolis for the previous six seasons.