After hearing former Giants
Justin Tuck and
Shaun O'Hara defend QB
Eli Manning over the weekend, the veteran quarterback doesn't view the past few years with the Giants as "wasted."
Instead, Manning believes his peak years are still upon him.
"That's not the way I look at it and I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right," Manning told the Daily News' Pat Leonard at the Guiding Eyes annual golf outing at Mount Kisco Country Club.
These comments stem specifically from O'Hara's comments that the Giants wasted Manning's prime years, as the team around him wasn't adequate enough to be a contender.
"To be honest with you, they've wasted the last few years of Eli's career," O'Hara said on Saturday night at the
Landon Collins Celebrity Softball game at Palisades Credit Union Park. "They've wasted his prime. And it's been hard to sit and watch that happen."
But with a new regime in Giants GM Dave Gettleman as well as head coach Pat Shurmur calling the shots this season, Manning is primed to have a turnaround year. He has been called the team's starting quarterback throughout the offseason, with co-owner John Mara backing that notion.
Manning certainly didn't have the best of seasons last year, mostly in part to an injury-riddled supporting cast and leaky offensive line. He totaled 4,368 yards and 19 touchdowns over his 15 starts, which broke his three-season streak of throwing over 4,000 yards.