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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Amani Toomer sounds off on Eli Manning

By Matt Mosley

Former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer has mixed feelings about quarterback Eli Manning's 2010 season. ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk caught up with Toomer at a Broadway play recently. Manning threw 31 touchdown passes last season, but he also had a league-high 25 interceptions.

"I think he took a step sideways," Toomer said. "I think in some ways he got better and in some ways he got worse. Twenty-five interceptions. I don't care how many tipped interceptions, it is not good.

"But he did do it with a lot of people that he didn't really feel that comfortable with. Knowing Eli, I didn't think he was really comfortable with anybody, and I think that really hurt."

Manning certainly was victimized by some mysterious routes by his young receivers, but he still has to make some changes this offseason. He did not take care of the ball well enough in the red zone, and there's really no excuse for that. The left-handed throw against the Tennessee Titans sticks out in my mind. If the Giants had won that game, they wouldn't have had to climb out of a 1-2 hole.

Toomer was also happy to see Tom Coughlin keep his job.

"You can't sneeze at a 10-6 season," Toomer said. "I was totally for it [Coughlin returning] because the team is very close to being a Super Bowl team. If they were to blow the whole team up, they would have to start all over again, and I don't think they need to go in that direction just yet.

"The Giants know their personnel better than anybody else, and they know what went wrong better than anybody."

And who knows what can happen if Antrel Rolle can convince Coughlin to act more like Rex Ryan next season.