Monday, September 23, 2013
Eli Manning searching for answers
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the Giants searching for any answers, Eli Manning said he’s open to considering anything that might provide a spark.
That includes, perhaps, the normally laidback quarterback doing something out of character to inspire his team.
It’s doubtful that Manning is going to suddenly transform into something more like Tom Brady and begin screaming at guys. But Manning wants to do whatever he can to fix the crisis the Giants are currently mired in.
“We’ll see,” Manning said if he has to resort to doing something out of character. “Obviously got to do something just to pick up our performance. We will see in practice if certain guys need to be challenged and what everybody thinks needs to be done to get guys to play at a high level.”
Tom Coughlin challenged his team’s pride on Monday. Manning and the players also held a debriefing session -- a players-only meeting that the Giants have had at times over the past two seasons on Mondays after games.
“We’ve got to have greater energy and greater enthusiasm,” Manning said. “We have to play better technique and make better decision making. There are some plays out there that we left on the field and sometimes we just got flat-out beat. It’s not a big surprise of what we have to do to fix it. We’ve just got to go out there and play better football.”
Manning was under siege from the start of the Giants’ 38-0 loss at Carolina. He was sacked seven times –- six coming in the first half. The offensive line was overwhelmed and Manning completed just 12 of 23 passes for only 119 yards with one interception.
Manning said he feels “good physically” despite being sacked so many times.
“I was able to do everything today,” Manning said. “That’s not the problem. I’ll be fine.”
As for the offensive line, Manning remains confident that his front line will protect him and play better despite how banged up center David Baas and right guard Chris Snee are.
“Yeah, I do,” Manning said. “Sometimes you play games and you get beat and it’s unfortunate. The first two games I thought our offensive line played very, very well and we were able to sit back there and go through progressions and go through reads and make throws.
“This past game they got after us a good bit and made it tough for the offense to execute,” he added. “I think our offensive line has good players. We’ve got guys who do take pride in what they’re doing and want to play well and are going to step up and play well. We had a bad game and they’ll get better.”
Manning didn’t have much time to find his receivers as Hakeem Nicks had just one target.
“I think Hakeem and I are close and he knows when we look at the film it’s just one of those things,” Manning said. “It wasn’t us not going at him or not throwing his way or picking someone else because of him. It’s based on the coverages, on the plays and on the situations. That’s what happened.”
The job of fixing a lot of issues began on Monday by watching the debacle over again. On Wednesday, Manning will try to lead his team out of his first-ever 0-3 hole to start a season.
“When you lose, 38-0, anything you say about us is probably deserved to be said,” he said. “It’s something we’re not happy about as players. You’re embarrassed about it. We’ve got to fix it. The only way to change that or get people saying something different is to go out this next week and play better than we did last week.”