For fans who dismissed Dave Gettleman as a snake-oil salesman who is trying to airbrush Eli Manning's image just to make his final season more palatable, think again.
The Giants' general manager, who publicly and profoundly defends his quarterback against all cynics and pundits, is more than a short-term fan of the man under center.
Gettleman is all-in on Eli. And maybe not just for 2019.
If you listened to "Boomer and Gio" on Monday morning or read the reports they referenced, you should wince at the idea that Big Blue still expects big things from Peyton's younger brother, who's hardly a young man.
In their eyes, the Giants can roll with Manning -- who plays the role of Alex Smith -- until they unearth their next franchise quarterback -- who will play the role of Patrick Mahomes.
The glaring hole in this plan is twofold. First, Alex Smith was 33 when the Chiefs bagged Mahomes out of college. Eli will be 39 next year.
Second, Smith was still playing at a Pro Bowl level while they groomed Mahomes. Smith completed 67.5% of his passes and threw for 4,042 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2017. He also led the NFL in interception percentage (1.0) and passer rating (104.7).
By contrast, Manning was 37 last year. He passed for more yards (4,299) than Smith did a year earlier, but he also threw fewer touchdowns (21) and considerably more interceptions (11). Plus his passer rating (92.4) was noticeably worse. And that was one of Manning's better years.