Eli, NYG offense will bounce back

Manning and Co. poised to rise in 2014 with improved OL and new system

Updated: July 30, 2014, 10:13 AM ET
By Steve Palazzolo | Pro Football Focus

Eli ManningChristopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SportsEli Manning was one of the league's worst QBs in 2013. He should be much better this season.

It was a difficult year from the get-go for the 2013 New York Giants. They started the season with six straight losses and never bounced back. Offensively, they were dreadful. Eli Manning threw a league-high 27 interceptions. In fact, by any measure, Manning wasn't just struggling, he was one of the league's worst quarterbacks (his minus-4.5 grade ranked 30th). 

But Manning didn't deserve all of the blame.

In 2013, he played behind a banged-up offensive line that performed worse than just about every other unit in the NFL. The Giants' offensive scheme, implemented by since-"retired" OC Kevin Gilbride, was based around post-snap reads that led to a number of miscommunications between an under fire Manning and a depleted corps of receivers.

The good news is the Giants have a chance to turn things around in 2014. If they improve up front and successfully execute former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo's new system, Big Blue could get a big boost on offense this season. 

Let's take a closer look:

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