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Just For Fun: A Look Back At Ernie Accorsi's Personal Scouting Report On Eli Manning


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im quoting this directly from Accorsi's Book "The GM" released before the superbowl season, which is a great read and i recommend it any football fan especially giants fans. using caps and bold since thats how its written in the book.

 

 

 

 

WEARS LEFT KNEE BRACE... DURING PREGAME WARMUP, DIDN'T LOOK LIKE HE HAD A ROCKET ARM... AS GAME PROGRESSED, I SAW EXCELLENT ARM STRENGTH UNDER PRESSURE AND THE ABILITY TO GET VELOCITY ON THE BALL ON MOST THROWS. GOOD DEEP BALL RANGE. GOOD TOUCH. GOOD VISION AND POISE.

SEES THE FIELD... IN A SHOTGUN ON MOST PLAYS AND HIS ONLY RUNNING OPTION IS A DRAW... HIS OFFENSIVE LINE IS POOR. RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN LEFT TACKLE. ELI DOESN'T TRUST HIS PROTECTION. CAN'T. NO WAY CAN HE TAKE ANY FORM OF DEEP DROP AND LOOK DOWNFIELD. WITH NO RUNNING GAME (10 YARDS RUSHING THE FIRST HALF0 AND NO REAL TOP RECEIVERS, HE'S STUCK WITH THREE-STEP DROPS AND WAITING TIL THE LAST SECOND TO SEE IF A RECEIVER CAN GET FREE. NO TIGHT END EITHER. NO FLAIRING BACK. SO HE'S TAKING SOME BIG HITS. TAKING THEM WELL. CARRIED AN OVERMATCHED TEAM ENTIRELY ON HIS SHOULDERS. I IMAGINE, EXCEPT FOR VANDERBILT, HIS TEAM IS OVERMATCHED IN EVERY SEC [sOUTHEAST CONFERENCE] GAME... HE'S BIG, NEVER GETS RATTLED. RALLIED HIS TEAM FROM A 14-3 HALF-TIME DEFICIT BASICALLY ALL BY HIMSELF. LED THEM ON TWO SUCCESSIVE THIRD QUARTER DRIVES TO GO AHEAD, 17-16. THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN, ON A 40-YARD STREAK DOWN THE LEFT SIDELINE, HE DROPPED THE BALL OVER THE RECEIVER'S RIGHT SHOULDER. CALLED THE NEXT TOUCHDOWN PASS HIMSELF, CHECKING OFF TO A 12-YARD SLANT... MAKES A LOT OF DECISIONS ON PLAY CALLS AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, BUT THEY ASK TOO MUCH OF HIM. THEY DON'T LET HIM JUST PLAY. THIS IS A GUY YOU SHOULD JUST LET PLAY... WHEN HE'S INACCURATE, HE'S USUALLY HIGH, BUT RARELY OFF TARGET TO EITHER SIDE... PLAYS SMART AND WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE. DOESN'T SCOLD HIS TEAMMATES, BUT LETS THEM KNOW WHEN THEY LINE UP WRONG OR RUN THE WRONG PATTERN... THREW THREE INTERCEPTIONS. TWO WERE HIS FAULT. TRYING TO FORCE SOMETHING BOTH TIMES. HE COULD HAVE RUN ON ONE OF THEM, A FOURTH DOWN PLAY. HE HAS A LOT TO LEARN.

SUMMARY: I THINK HE'S THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. HE'S NOT GOING TO BE A FAST RUNNER, BUT A LITTLE LIKE JOE MONTANA, HE HAS ENOUGH ATHLETIC ABILITY TO GET OUT OF TROUBLE. REMEMBER HOW ARCHIE RAN? IN THAT DEPARTMENT, ELI DOESN'T HAVE THE BEST GENES, ALTHOUGH I NEVER TIMED MOM OLIVIA IN THE 40. BUT HE HAS A FEEL FOR THE POCKET. FEELS THE RUSH

THROWS THE BALL, TAKES THE HIT, GETS RIGHT BACK UP... HAS COURAGE AND POISE. IN MY OPINION, MOST OF ALL, HE HAS THAT QUALITY THAT YOU CAN'T DEFINE. CALL IT MAGIC. AS [FORMER BALTIMORE COLTS DEFENSIVE BACK] BOBBY BOYD TOLD ME ONCE ABOUT UNITAS, "TWO THINGS SET HIM APART: HIS LEFT TESTICLE AND HIS RIGHT TESTICLE"... PEYTON HAD MUCH BETTER TALENT AROUND HIM AT TENNESSEE. BUT I HONESTLY GIVE THIS GUY A CHANCE TO BE BETTER THAN HIS BROTHER. ELI DOESNT GET MUCH HELP FROM THE COACHING STAFF. IF HE COMES OUT EARLY, WE SHOULD MOVE UP TO TAKE HIM. THESE GUYS ARE RARE, YOU KNOW.

 

ERNIE ACCORSI

 

 

 

in hindsight gotta give EA alot of credit for that report.

 

 

 

 

and EA was also quoted right before eli's game winning superbowl drive as saying "if hes who we think he is we will find out right now"

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do they have his notes on Ron Dayne?

 

Ahhh, yes they do. I happen to have one right here. Allow me to share.....

 

"Runs strong and hard, overcomes all obstacles and is hard to bring down......when theres a hot dog cart in sight."

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Ahhh, yes they do. I happen to have one right here. Allow me to share.....

 

"Runs strong and hard, overcomes all obstacles and is hard to bring down......when theres a hot dog cart in sight."

 

"needs a small running lane (the size of nebraska) to get going"

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shit im not afraid to admit i liked the dayne pick when it happened.

 

 

coming out of college i thought he was gonna a beast.

 

I'll admit, so was I.

 

I mean the guy has/had almost every rushing record in college history, so you would think some of that would carry over to the NFL. Oh well thats why I love the NFL, nothing is a guarantee.

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shit im not afraid to admit i liked the dayne pick when it happened.

 

 

coming out of college i thought he was gonna a beast.

 

i've been wrong many times- that time i wanted shaun alexander. but as you said this is "just for fun"

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"Much bigger backside...err i mean upside than Shaun Alexander"

:LMAO:

 

 

Yeah, I was pumped for Dayne, no lie. :blush: Shit, he had 800 yds behind Tiki's 1000 yd in his rookie season. Even then I still thought his fat ass was gonna be good.

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Nope, not me...I knew Ron Dayne was going to be chump from the moment I saw him play at Wisconsin. Huge game against small schools... Horrible against competition.

 

Kinda reminded me of Ike "Stone hands' Hillary.

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"Much bigger backside...err i mean upside than Shaun Alexander"

 

:LMAO:

 

 

shit im not afraid to admit i liked the dayne pick when it happened.

 

 

coming out of college i thought he was gonna a beast.

 

I thought he was going to be fat and slow. I forget who he was playing, but my dad was all excited saying, "they say the Giants are probably going to draft this guy." A second later, he ran though a hole you could drive a truck through after a forty yard scamper... he was caught by about three DBs at the same time.

 

"He looks slow." I said back to him.

 

I hate being right sometimes.

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Nope, not me...I knew Ron Dayne was going to be chump from the moment I saw him play at Wisconsin. Huge game against small schools... Horrible against competition.

 

Kinda reminded me of Ike "Stone hands' Hillary.

 

LOL Ike Hillary

 

 

The book GM, is great, I suggest it for everyone to read here.

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MAKES A LOT OF DECISIONS ON PLAY CALLS AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, BUT THEY ASK TOO MUCH OF HIM. THEY DON'T LET HIM JUST PLAY. THIS IS A GUY YOU SHOULD JUST LET PLAY... WHEN HE'S INACCURATE, HE'S USUALLY HIGH, BUT RARELY OFF TARGET TO EITHER SIDE... PLAYS SMART AND WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE. DOESN'T SCOLD HIS TEAMMATES, BUT LETS THEM KNOW WHEN THEY LINE UP WRONG OR RUN THE WRONG PATTERN..

 

 

:giants:

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