Life is tough for the New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning in recent years, he hasn't had much to shout about and had to endure several painful sights.
The Giants won the Super Bowl back in 2012, but since then they have failed to even make the play-offs.
Manning has had to see his brother Peyton lead a charge to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in which he was the key part of an unstoppable offence.
Since the Giants last had their hands on the Lombardi trophy, the Baltimore Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks have both been crowned World Champions.
Perhaps even worse for Manning and the Giants, in the last two years, they have posted 9-7 and 7-9 seasons respectively.
After two very disappointing years and perhaps even more importantly, a season with a losing record, the Giants have made some changes.
New York have brought in a new offensive co-ordinator in Ben McAdoo and a new Quarterbacks coach in Danny Langsdorf.
Eli may have had a bad few years and the Giants may have struggled a lot but there is now a target in front of him once again.
The target however is to achieve a 70% completion rate on his passing game for the upcoming season.
That is really not easy, in fact it has only achieved seven times before.
The legendary Joe Montana, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Steve Young, Ken Anderson and Sammy Baugh are the six men to have achieved the feat.
The New Orleans Saints Quarterback Brees has achieved the feat twice in his career in both 2009 and 2011.
For Manning to achieve this goal, he will need a big improvement on his performance in his entire career since the best he has achieved in a single season is 62.9% back in 2010.
Too much to ask?
It is a great idea and a signal to the rest of the league to place such a huge task infront of your Quarterback, but is it too much?
In my opinion, yes, I think that a completion rate of 70% is a gargantuan task that most of the Quarterbacks in the NFL today would fail to achieve.
It was last seen in 2012 when Alex Smith, then with the San Francisco 49ers hit a completion rate of 70.2%.
so is it unfair to expect Manning to be able to go from leading the NFL in interceptions last year to throwing a 70% completion rate?
Not only is that a bit too much of a leap, but in reality, its not going to happen.
With 27 interceptions last year for only 18 touchdowns, it will be impressive if Manning can manage to steer the Giants to a winning record.
Whatever will happen over the next season for Eli and the Giants, it will be interesting if the new offensive plan can help him improve his completion rate and who knows, maybe even reach the post season once again?
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