Eli Manning is transitioning to a new offense for the first time since his rookie season in 2004, but take it from another Giants quarterback who went through a similar change late in his career: This could go much better than expected.

"I don't think it's going to be tough for him," Phil Simms said of Manning, who switches to the West Coast system under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who replaces longtime coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "It's going to be new information, a new way to do things, but there will be a lot of the same plays that every offense runs, and there will be a new voice telling him and different ways of running those plays."

Simms points to his own career as proof that Manning is capable of great things in the new offense. In 1993, Simms had a renaissance season under new head coach Dan Reeves and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

"I learned a new system in my 15th year, and it was awesome," said Simms, the longtime CBS broadcaster. "It will be like Eli like it was for me. You have to win the new coach over. He's going to have to do things faster than everybody else [on the team], and he's going to have to prove himself all over again."

Simms remembers being reinvigorated when Reeves took over as head coach after Ray Handley's firing following the 1992 season. At age 38, he threw for 3,038 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions in leading the Giants to a wild-card playoff berth. Simms was released the following year in a salary cap move, as the Giants began their ill-fated transition to first-round quarterback Dave Brown.

"I'd have my play sheets in my car, always going over things," he said. "I'd get in the meeting rooms and the other quarterbacks were talking. It was great. You're trying to impress your new coaches. I was like, 'I have to show these coaches I really deserve to be here. New coaches come to the Giants, and you have to show them who you are. Instead of looking at the negative part, there are so many positives that come out of it. For the team, and even for [head coach] Tom Coughlin, you can run the exact same play, but it can be explained in a different way from a different coach, and there can be a lot of good stuff from that."