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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Won’t Hide from Criticism; Knows He Played Poorly

November 5th, 2012 at 3:05 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has never been one to place blame or hide from criticism. If anything, Manning often accepts responsibility for things he shouldn't and assumes blame for nearly all offensive failures. That didn't change on Monday, as Eli acknowledged his poor play during a 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

"Obviously I didn't play well last night. There's no hiding it," Manning said. "I've got play better."

Manning stopped short of calling it a slump, but his struggles were not limited to Sunday's loss. After 24 consecutive 200+ yard passing performances, Manning has only thrown for 200+ yards once in the last four games (334 against Washington) and has thrown four interceptions in the last three games. To top it off, the 14.2 QBR posted on Sunday was also the lowest of the season.

More than just the statistics, Manning hasn't looked like Manning. He's seen an increased level of miscommunication with his receivers, coupled with poor decisions that look more like throws he would have made earlier in his career. And then, when given the opportunity to drive the Giants down the field and win the game late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, he was unable to help the team gain so much as a single yard.

Despite it all, coaches and teammates continue to believe in their quarterback, and soon expect a return to normalcy.

"He'll come bouncing back. He'll be back," head coach Tom Coughlin said.

With the most difficult part of the Giants' schedule right around the corner, the team is certainly going to need him to bounce back. They go as he goes.

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65 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Won’t Hide from Criticism; Knows He Played Poorly”

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  1.  fanfor55years says:

    “They go as he goes.” Truer words were never spoken by one Dan Benton.

    •  kujo says:

      Yeah, but it sure would be nice if the other 2 phases of the game didn’t fail simultaneously. We could get buy with a few bad days out of Eli. But no team wins when its franchise QB and head coach have a bad day, and their defense and special teams fail in the 4th quarter.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Sounds like TC may have a bad two weeks if he’s serious about not being concerned about Diehl. WTF is he looking at?

        And if the personnel on special teams doesn’t change we’d better hope we don’t run into any more elite return teams because we were absolutely shredded yesterday. We would have been better off just going for on-side kicks all game. We’d have probably recovered one or two and when we didn’t the Steelers still wouldn’t have improved their field position much if at all.

        Coughlin is in as big a slump as his team. That clock management is starting to look really bad and that is entirely on his shoulders. It’s just weird.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    I didnt see any other group stepping up either . Eli is bound to have bad game(s) hes top quality so you live with it but that means some other phase has to step up and sad to say yesterday it didnt

  3.  giantsfan says:

    I am also baffled with how poorly the offense is playing. I do not understand at all.

    Eli has been playing poorly. Receivers are not getting open, and when they are, Eli is not accurate with his passes. And when he is, his guys are flat out dropping them. What is going on?????? Are we back in 2004???

  4.  Levito says:

    How can Coughlin not see Diehl has been terrible? It’s obvious to everyone, even casual fans.

    He’s a freakin’ turnstlye out there at tackle, and yesterday he didn’t even bother to ask for tickets before letting everyone through.

    •  TonyMW says:

      For real. I no longer want to see “pass protection” as the excuse for not playing Wilson when Coughlin is just fine trotting out Diehl.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I think it’s impressive that we won a few games with an “average” Eli performance. And borderline “poor” versus Dallas. While we don’t want to make it a habit I think it shows an improvement from last year as a team. I don’t know that we won a game without Eli playing well last year and most of the time we needed great Eli.

  6.  TroyThorne says:

    Like I’ve been saying, Eli’s been bad for 14 straight quarters now. Real bad. I know it seems like I may be coming down too hard on him but when you’re the franchise QB and supposed best QB in football, you cannot play the way Eli has played these past few games. Yes our receivers are hurt/under-performing but we’ve been through stretches like that before and Eli has usually found a way to produce in spite of that. Just look at last year, Nicks and Mario both missed stretches of games, our OL was way worse, and our running game was the worst in the NFL and yet Eli produced points and won games. This year he’s not and something needs to drastically change. Maybe we run some more hurry-up like every successful offense in the NFL seems to be doing at the moment (ATL, NE, DEN), maybe we actually use our explosive, play-making RB that we spent a 1st round pick on. I don’t know, but this offense needs some sort of a wrinkle to get things going again.

    I know we’re ok in the division. I understand we’re 6-3 and are in control of our destiny. My concern is this hasn’t been just one bad game from Eli and the offense. It hasn’t been two flukes where we took the opposing team lightly or something like that. No, it’s quickly becoming a trend that has encompassed almost half the season. That is most definitely concerning, at least in my eyes.

  7.  GeezUp says:

    I mean let’s be real people to call Eli’s performance poor is a gross misuse of the word to all the people who live below the poverty line…His performance yesterday was “Homeless!”

  8.  bearcat in DC says:

    I worry that Eli thinks he’s still on the Saturday Night Live stage and performing a Dave Brown skit…

  9.  F0XLIN says:

    Nicks confirmed Glibride needs to get his head out of his FFA

    “Once you’re excelling so much offensively, teams are going to start scheming to try to stop what you do,” Nicks said. “We just got to look at that film and start critiquing ourselves and start doing some things differently.”

    •  Krow says:

      We’ve often said that we’re somewhat slow to react. This can be a strength as well as a weakness. Sometimes you do need to stick with the program. But as Troy points out … this has been a long ‘while’.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Self-scouting?

      Not much of that going on in this regime. I’ve begged for it every bye week and every off-season and it never seems to happen. There seems to be a conviction that it is strictly about execution.

      The players have to drive this, just as they did with Fewell last season. It has to happen again, on defense AND offense. And as much as I love Eli, and think he’s a great QB, he HAS to stop being “the good son” and demand changes from the coaches. He’s more important to this franchise than any of them and can throw his weight around whenever he thinks it necessary.

      •  Krow says:

        Yeah … Peyton would be b-tch slapping Gilbride as we speak. After 2 Superbowls Eli’s more than paid his dues. But I wish he’d take charge sometimes.

        •  GeezUp says:

          Peyton’s been in Denver for 9 weeks and he’s in total control…Eli’s been in NY 9 seasons and still has to get these GOD-AWFUL plays from a guy who’s really ordering takeout than calling plays from his play sheet!!! THE INSANITY MUST STOP!!! The only way to rationally explain how we look so great in the 4th QTR on offense of games where Eli & co. comeback is b/c Eli is actually calling the plays.

  10.  Krow says:

    Reprising my comment on Brewer …

    I know he was drafted as a ‘project’, but after a year and a half we’re not seeing any production. They must not trust him, but I’d like to see him get a shot. Diehl was a ‘welcome mat’ yesterday. How much worse can he be?

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