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Eli Manning ‘little nervous’ about learning new offense; Brett Favre ‘not worried’ about booing

Posted Jul 22, 2014

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Eli Manning and Brett Favre

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning finds himself in a position that he hasn’t experienced for many years: learning a new offense.

He is admittedly uncomfortable with it, but the Giants hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator to try, in part, to allow Manning to rebound from the career-high 27 interceptions he threw last season with only 18 touchdown passes.

“Yeah, it is different,” Manning, who said his surgically repaired ankle is healed, was quoted as saying in the New York Post about the Giants’ new offense. “You come into the season a little nervous; you just don’t have (the same comfort). You have a good feel for it, but not to where I want it to be. That’s with repetition and more plays.

“It’s a different feeling this time of year than in previous years. We’ve still got a lot of work to do and a lot to improve on to get comfortable, myself with my teammates and everything that goes on with being successful in an offense. I know we’ve got a lot of work to do. But we’re excited about that challenge.”

BRETT FAVRE ‘NOT WORRIED’ ABOUT BEING BOOED FOR LAMBEAU RETURN

According to Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, Brett Favre hasn’t committed to a jersey retirement ceremony at Lambeau Field because the former Packers quarterback “wouldn’t want to come back to be booed.”

However, Favre – despite being heavily booed when he played at Lambeau as a member of the Vikings – told ESPN 1000 that that wasn’t the case. In fact, he said he would expect to hear a fair amount of cheers.

“I’ve heard that (being booed) was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre said. “I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.

“I have played with other teams, but I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that. I think the true Packer backers, which there are tons out there, feel the same way. I’m not the first player to play for other teams or rivals. … As time goes by, that’s how I will be remembered, as a Packer, and that’s how I want to be remembered.”

NICK FOLES ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE MUST BE MEASURED BY MORE THAN HISTORIC NUMBERS

The problem with having the kind of statistical season Nick Foles enjoyed as the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback last year is that it will likely be incredibly difficult to match, let alone exceed.

And Foles wants it understood that there are other ways he can improve upon his performance that have nothing to do with the fact he had the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history by throwing 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions in 2013.

“Our team isn’t measured by my 27-2,” Foles was quoted as saying in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Can I be a good-enough leader to where I can make these guys better players around me to where it makes the team better and we win? Now, I might not ever reach those (statistics) again. … I hope I do.

“I want to get better and I want to be a better player. But if you’re just looking primarily at statistics, you might not ever.”

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