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Eli Manning Q&A:

Q. You are starting an unusual stretch of three straight games on the
road. How crucial was getting that win yesterday and getting the first
one out of the way?

A. I think the first game of the season you always want to come out and
play well, get a win and get off to a good start. Also a division team,
so it was a huge win for us. We have a tough one this week, at Dallas,
new stadium, should be a live crowd and it is going to be a big game for
us.

Q. Are you going in with the attitude that there is a national audience,
let’s go in there and spoil their party?

A. We are just going in and trying to play good football. We know it is
a big game, it’s a division game, we have to go do our job. We know it
is going to take a great test and great effort on our part. They have a
good defense, their offense is very powerful. Offensively, we have to
keep the ball, have long drives and score touchdowns.

Q. How much does it hurt to see Hakeem Nicks go down like that in his
first NFL game?

A. It is disappointing, but hopefully he will get back healthy real
quick and keep learning. We have guys who are playing well and guys who
can fill in that role so hopefully we won’t miss a beat.

Q. Regarding Andre’ Woodson, did you see anything yesterday that makes
you believe they did have an advantage?

A. No, I didn’t see anything. Nothing I noticed that they were onto
something on our checks. I got them to jump offside one time with the
cadence, so, it didn’t seem like there was anything noticeable that he
had told them that they had an edge on us.

Q. Do you really feel like the receivers responded yesterday?

A. Yeah, I think they played very well. They made some plays, had a
couple scrambles, they came back, made good reads. They caught some
clutch catches for us, so I thought they played well. There is stuff we
can improve on, myself included, with the receivers. I thought they
played very well.

Q. You always want to spread the ball, now it seems like you are really
spreading the ball rather than honing in on one receiver?

A. Well, it depends on who is in there.  The ball is getting spread
around, it might be the same guy, but all of a sudden a new rotation
would rotate in a lot of guys. To be honest, sometimes you don’t know
which receivers are in, you are just going through your reads.

Q. In the first two series you had chances close, what were the problems
on those plays?

A. We just didn’t convert on third and short. It is that simple. It is
not really a green zone or red zone problem, it is a third and short
problem. Coach talked a little bit about it today, we just assume that
on third and short we are going to be able to run and be able to get it.
We have to throw the ball a little bit more possibly in some of those
situations. But, down there we’re a team that is going to be physical,
we have a big back, and we should be able to get that surge and should
get a first down in those situations.

Q. Obviously, it is tighter to run routes down there?

A. Yeah, they are going to get tighter. Throwing the ball, maybe you
can’t throw it that far down the field, guys are going to sit on things
a little bit more, but we’ve still got good routes we can run in those
situations. We also have to be able to run the ball in those situations
and get first downs. Third and short is a time when you stack them in,
they know we are running it, we’re going to run it and we have to be
better than they are. Yesterday we didn’t win that battle.


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One Response to “Eli Manning Q&A:”

  1. excelent post, particularly the part about 3rd and short.

    They do have good routes — like play action fakes, slants, crosses, and bootleg passes.

    heres proof it works where the Giants were 3/3 in the Red Zone:
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d80c27c12/WK-9-Eli-Manning-highlights

    here’s another great example in the Pittsburg game – what doesnt work juxtaposed against what does work:
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d80bf89bd/Giants-21-Steelers-14

    and here’s Coughlin saying the key to Red Zone success is execution, specifically in the passing efforts to Boss and Toomer:
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-coach-of-the-week/09000d5d80c3217c/Coughlin-on-redzone-success

    Now you should start seeing a trend here, and you should notice their success in the Red Zone has little to do with running the football. Coughlin is right, it comes down to execution. However you have a lot better chance of pulling off your tactic and executing if the defense has no idea what play you are about to run. Executing a good fake is a lot different that telegraphing your move and getting away with it.

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