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Giants’ Pat Shurmur says 49ers game isn’t ultimatum for Eli Manning

Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning

The New York Giants are taking on the San Francisco 49ers this week, and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, doesn’t want to put extra pressure on Eli Manning.

Giants fans have been criticizing the franchise for not choosing a quarterback in the first-round of the stacked 208 draft class. They’re 1-7 record is far below the mark they expected to reach this season. Manning could be benched before the season is up, so New York can see what their young quarterbacks have to offer. However, Pat Shurmur doesn’t think Manning has to win this game to remain a starter.

“I don’t look at it that way,” Shurmur told Giants.com. “Again, part of the bye week is to talk about areas we need to get better. He’s done a lot of good things, but I think you always talk to the quarterback individually, and certainly the head coach and the coordinator do that. So I don’t see it quite that way. But again, I’m not going to try to tell other people what to believe. Eli’s going to be our quarterback and I expect him to play winning football.”

Nick Mullens has emerged as a promising quarterback prospect for the 49ers, and he may give Eli Manning a run for his money. He had an impressive three-touchdown performance in a 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders last week, and he’ll look to build on his success against the Giants. Pat Shurmur says there is no ultimatum for his quarterback, but everyone knows the pressure is on.