NY Giants Coach Tom Coughlin on Eli Manning: 'He's Trying So Hard'

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin says fans shouldn't blame quarterback Eli Manning for the team's 0-5 start.

Oct 7 2013, 6:34pm CDT | by

NY Giants Coach Tom Coughlin on Eli Manning: 'He's Trying So Hard'
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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin says Eli Manning shouldn't be blamed for the team's 0-5 start.

Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports writes Coughlin "accepted full responsibility" for the Giants' 36-21 loss at the hands of Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

In spite of Manning's three interceptions in the fourth quarter alone, Coughlin says criticism should be focused on him and not the quarterback.

"I can understand what the football world may think. Actually, what should happen is people should shift if to me. In this one, criticizing the quarterback for the outcome for everything there at the end of the game is not right.

"We did not get the job done, and it's my job and I take full responsibility for it. I know that we're maligning our quarterback today and, believe me, there's a bunch of people involved (in the losses)."

Regarding Manning's suddenly dreadful quarterback play, Coughlin said "he's trying so hard," per the New York Times

"I honestly believe he is trying so hard to get us a win he's almost put too much on himself. I'm not making excuses. But I do think he's trying so hard to make something happen that it's going out the other end.

"He's way, way too good a player to have these kinds of things happen." 

Manning, who is 3-10 in his last 13 starts, may not be solely responsible for the Giants' misfortunes, but his play is certainly indicative of the kind of year he's having. 

For instance, he was just 3 for 16 on throws 15 yards or more against the Eagles. This accounts for the most number of passes attempted for that range with the fewest number converted in five years, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.  

Through Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season, Manning also leads quarterbacks in interceptions with 12.

However, he told CBS New York on Oct. 7 he can still turn things around. He said,"I know I can play better."  

The New York Giants are 0-5 for the first time since the 1987 season. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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