Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said that Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to beat the Redskins’ coverage, a throw Hall said he could have made, on the 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz that wound up being the game-winning score in last weekend’s 27-23 win at the Meadowlands.
As you’d expect this latest round of “We beat ourselves” made it back to the team that’s heard quite a bit of that excuse in the last few months. Manning told reporters that he agreed with Hall’s assessment about the need for training in astrophysics. Or even advanced football technique.
“I appreciate him giving it to me,” Manning said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I don’t think it took a rocket scientist either. A guy was running open and I hit him.”
Justin Tuck decided against going the humorous route in his own response to Hall.
“DeAngelo is not that smart if they gave it to them. I love how DeAngelo plays, he is an awesome player. But to give a person a game-winning touchdown…,” Tuck said.
The coverage was not a wise one for the situation, but it likely goes without saying that not every bad coverage results in a 77-yard touchdown pass. The play was there for the Giants to make and they deserve full credit for making it.