New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is absolutely fed up with the ongoing issues between quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Rueben Randle — so much so that he's absolutely and completely done listening to excuses. And like any successful General, he no longer cares who's at fault or how they fix the problem, so long as it gets done. Any further attempts to assign blame or point fingers is going to be disregarded.
"I thought the worst play of the night was, again, the misconnection between Rueben Randle and Eli [Manning]," Coughlin said. "The 'I thought, he thought' – one of those kinds of things. We’re all – everyone in this room – is tired of hearing that stuff. There’s no place for that."
The play Coughlin referenced occurred relatively early in the first quarter when Manning looked to hit Randle along sideline, but as the ball was released, Randle made a third cut and stopped short of where Manning thought he would be.
For the Giants, this has become a bit of an Achilles' heel. A broken record. A picture frozen in time — Manning starring blankly at Randle, who stares back with a similar blank expression. It's not as if they're on different pages so much as different planets, and it's a problem Randle admitted caused 80% of Manning's turnovers a year ago. Yet, he still doesn't think it's all that big of a deal.
"The timing. We just didn't communicate on the sideline, so the next time we communicate we’ll be able to connect on it," Randle said. "We just have to make sure we communicate and make sure we’re on the same page with the timing and all the concepts, wrapping my head around when the quarterback is ready to throw."
It's hard to tell exactly who is at fault for these ongoing issues, but given that Manning has never had such an extensive timing/communication problems with any other wide receiver throughout his NFL career, it would seem to imply that things just aren't clicking for Randle. And while that was blamed on Kevin Gilbride's complex system a season ago, the same can not be said for Ben McAdoo's infinitely more basic system here in 2014.
Whatever the case may be, Manning and Randle need to get it together within the next few days or risk serious potential consequences against the Detroit Lions in Week 1. The other thing Randle needs to do is find a cure for the dropsies — he added one more drop to his tally on Thursday night.
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