During his 11-year career, Eli Manning has led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl championships, playing some of his best football in those games' deciding moments. But never in his career has Manning completed more 63 percent of his passes.
Last season, the Giants stumbled to a 7-9 record and Manning struggled, throwing 27 interceptions and completing just 57 percent of his passes. In the offseason, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said goodbye to long-time offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and brought in new OC Ben McAdoo, recently of the Packers. As the new offense gets installed in New York, word leaked of a new goal: a 70-percent completion percentage for Manning this season. Eli has been great, but never close to that accurate.
So what does this mean for the Redskins? For starters, the Washington defense will face a Giants offense looking less downfield and more short and intermediate routes. But let's compare QB Robert Griffin III with Eli's new guidelines. In his rookie season when he led the Redskins to a division title, RG3 completed 65 percent of his passes; an impressive number on its own let alone for a rookie. That also meant just five interceptions.
In his controversial second season, RG3 saw his completion percentage drop to 60 percent, and his interceptions spiked from five to 12. His passer rating dropped 20 points, from 102.2 in 2012 to 82.2 in 2013.
So what's a reasonable goal for Griffin in 2014? Last season no QB got to 70 percent, showing how crazy the goal for Eli is, but Philip Rivers (69.5), Drew Brees (68.6) and Peyton Manning (68.3) all got close. If RG3 can get back to the 65 percent completion rate of his rookie season would place him in elite company. If he can just complete more than 63 percent of his passes would land Griffin in the NFL's Top 10.
What should the goal be for RG3? Let us know what you think in the comments.