Eli Manning ripped for ‘laid-back leadership’ by Giants great
The New York Giants are limping through yet another disappointing season with Eli Manning, having lost seven out of their first eight games, putting their playoff chances all but out of the picture.
It has been a difficult campaign all the way around that has seen much criticism being levied toward Manning for struggles on the field. Hall of Famer and former Giants great Lawrence Taylor has now weighed in on the matter stating that he isn’t a fan of the way Manning leads the team, according to Gary Myers of The Athletic.
“Eli is Eli,” Taylor said. “He has been a very good quarterback throughout the league. Don’t get me wrong — he’s not my type of quarterback. I know he wants to win. I know he wants to perform. But hey, a guy that plays with no passion, is to me, is a waste of my time. I got to have a guy — Phil Simms will get fired up. You look at Tom Brady — he is out there 17 years and that’s somebody who gets fired up. You understand what I’m saying? I know he’s not that type of leader but somebody’s got to do it. Unless you just want to say, ‘I played for the New York Giants,’ that’s fine. Somebody has got to take the reins and start getting on the players’ asses and make them accountable and it can’t be the coach.”
This is something that simply falls into the type of personality that Eli Manning has on the field. He has led over the year through that style of leadership throughout his career that hasn’t truly changed at any point since being elevated to that status within the structure of the team.
However, the Giants are going through a rough stretch of games to begin the year, and Lawrence Taylor wants to see more passion from Eli Manning to help lift his teammates mentally to push forward through these struggles. Instead, it has been more of the same from the 37-year-old staying the course with his leadership approach.
Lawrence Taylor may not like it, but the Giants will be sticking with his style until further notice.