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The New York Giants have hired former Cleveland Browns head coach Chris Palmer as their new quarterbacks coach.

His mission? To get Eli  Manning on track. The Giants quarterback showed no improvement in his second full year as a starter. He was the 12th-ranked fantasy quarterback, managing 3,244 yards, 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

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Manning got off to a good start in 2006, throwing eight touchdowns in his first three games. However, he struggled the rest of the way, failing to post a 300-yard game after Week 2. Manning was awful in the season's final two weeks when the Giants were fighting for a playoff spot. In Weeks 16 and 17, he completed 21 of 51 passes for 175 yards. Even though it's unlikely many owners started him in the playoffs, numbers like that can kill a fantasy team.

So can Palmer help? His track record has produced mixed results. He helped develop Drew Bledsoe in New England and Mark Brunell in Jacksonville.

However, there's also Tim Couch in Cleveland and David Carr in Houston. I wonder if he even puts those projects on his resume?

With Tiki Barber set to jumpstart his career in TV, Manning will lose the Giants' primary offensive weapon. Needless to say, he'll be nothing more than a mediocre option going into 2007 drafts.

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