"It was kind of a vote of confidence in that they trusted in me that I can play at a high level, can win games, take us deep in playoffs and win championships and win championships still," Manning told SiriusXM NFL Radio's The Opening Drive. "And you know what? I want to prove them right and I want to make them look smart and make them to have made the right decision in doing that. I want to go out there and do great things, do my job and lead this team and make guys around me better and do what I'm supposed to do to put us in position to win those games."
As much as Manning loves the offensive improvements, the veteran knows it will take gelling on the field to make a jump in the win column in 2018.
"Now it's just a matter of, can we put it all together on game day?" Manning said. "Can we find ways to make big plays in critical moments of the game? Can we win those tough-nosed battles where, hey, maybe not everything's going perfect but can you find a way to win in the fourth quarter? Can you put it all together in crunch time and find a way just a way to get those victories? Those are the teams that tend to have great years, the ones that are just gritty and tough and figure out ways to win football games.
"I think, on paper, it's kind of all where it needs to be. Now it's a matter, hey, can we put it all into play and make it work on Sundays?"
On paper, the Giants have a brutally difficult schedule, opening with five 2017 playoff teams in the first seven tilts. Coming out of the gate quick will be vital for Manning to prove New York brass did the right thing passing on a QB.