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Giants owner John Mara not shocked by criticism toward Eli Manning

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The New York Giants have gotten to a slow start of the 2018 season dropping the first two games of the season, which has pushed much criticism in the direction of quarterback Eli Manning for the team’s shortcomings.

In response to that, Giants co-owner John Mara has voiced that he isn’t surprised by the chatter that surrounds Manning given the team’s play that has put them in an early-season rut, according to Zach Braziller of The New York Post.

“So what else is new?” Mara told reporters Friday night at the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Champions for Children Gala in Manhattan. “Listen: we’re 0-2 for a reason. There’s nothing I can say to defend that. Obviously we’re hoping to be a little better. We’ll see. It’s a long season.”

It hasn’t been anywhere near the type of start that the Giants had envisioned dropping their first two games where the offense has struggled to get consistent production in either contest. These issues have pushed them to hold the 28th ranked offense along being 25th in passing with Manning struggling on that front.

These issues would see that the 37-year-old has had difficulty throwing the ball, but much of that has been the lack of stability along the offensive line. This has seen constant pressure in his face from opposing defensive lines being tied for fifth after being sacked eight times in the two games. New York has seen their offensive line once again demonstrate similar struggles to last season that was one of the keys reasons for their porous play.

This has already seen starting center Jon Halapio be knocked out for the year with a broken ankle while the additions of rookie guard Will Hernandez and left tackle Nate Solder has yet to equate to some significant upgrades up front. Ultimately, the further south that the Giants’ season continues to head Manning is going to receive the brunt of the blame.