Eli Manning: I don’t think it took a rocket scientist either

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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.

35 responses to “Eli Manning: I don’t think it took a rocket scientist either

  1. Has the NFL ever used true double team coverage? You know, like they use on the punt gunners? 2 guys playing bump and run man coverage, following a guy like Victor Cruz everywhere on the field giving him hell?

    You dont have to do it every play, just the important ones.

  2. Actually, I would guess that a rocket scientist would spend way too much time calculating the tragectory rather than just taking the snap and firing it to the open receiver……….just me

  3. Well Victor Cruz kind of just ran straight towards the end zone and the redskins secondary really didn’t understand what a seam route was I guess. That was way to easy for the Giants to score that late in the game.

  4. No mention of how wide open Santana Moss was and how Rolle blew the coverage?

    Guess the Giants just let the Redskins have that one too. So I guess that makes them even.

  5. I love how Eli never takes the bait. Reporters always try to start controversy and it’s why they don’t like him: he never gives them a story to write. I’m a fan of players for their skills, not religion or girlfriends, but it seems the formula for ratings is drama. Love Eli and the Giants, they keep their mouths closed and play football.

  6. This is stupid and a complete distortion of the point Dhall was trying to get across.

    He wasn’t even the guy defending Cruz on that play, what he was saying was that our defense looked like we gave it to them on that play by playing horrible defense. All Eli had to do was make the throw (something he says he could have done himself) and that it wasn’t rocket science to be able to identify the weak links in the secondary (Madieu Williams) and make the play.

    Obviously, what Hall was trying to say wasn’t any better, but at least get across what he was trying to say….not what the media wishes he had said.

  7. Hall is a jerk, take the loss like a man dude, Cruz! cruised right passed all 4 or 5 db’s, so NO EXCUSES!.. Yah got caught sleeping at the most crucial time of the game.

  8. eli beat dallas is dallas stadium known as “thats my qb” bowl
    then beat favre in a game negative below
    then beat brady for his 1st SB
    beats dallas twice, and the jets to secure playoff spot
    proceeds to destroy the falcons
    beat rodgers
    got the hell beat out of him in SF and still won
    beat brady again in the SB on another GW drive
    2x SB mvp
    playoffs 4/7 years so far prob will make it 5/8 this yr
    multiple multiple in season comebacks and GW drives

    WHEN will players start givin this man his respect

  9. rocket scientists should not be mentioned in the same conversation around football.

    and i think theoretical physicists and perhaps astro physicists are at the extreme end of smart .. not rocket scientists

  10. those said “we beat ourselves” are ones live in denial. You lost, that makes you a loser period.

  11. Yeah, he wasn’t a rocket scientist on the prior possession when he gift wrapped that interception to that linebacker either. Just sayin.

  12. Full marks to Eli on this one.

    DHall simply lets his mouth run away with itself again. Some season, sooner than later I hope, the Skins will have a guy to put in his spot who talks less and covers more.

  13. blue18hutthutt says:
    Oct 24, 2012 3:58 PM
    No mention of how wide open Santana Moss was and how Rolle blew the coverage?

    Guess the Giants just let the Redskins have that one too. So I guess that makes them even.
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    Lol, when did that happen? Tana had a guy in his back pocket on the late TD catch, RG3 just threw an absolutely perfect pass.

    Hall isn’t trying to bash anybody, except for our own atrocious secondary play.

  14. What did you expect Eli to say?Yeah I’m the best and that’s why we scored so easy!Ofcourse Eli is not gonna take the bait, he could care less what D-Hall thinks.Bottom line is you take an average QB in this league and put him in that same situation, and you think he is gonna make that read and adjust and be on the same page as his WR,not to mention make the throw knowing he will be crushed immediately after……….yeah right!!!!

  15. I don’t think it took a rocket scientist to throw that ball either, but DeAngelo doesn’t seem to realize that he would’ve been too effing stupid to memorize the play book in the first place.

  16. Eli is classy, and will not brag or put in his opponents face on how great of a read that was especially before getting crushed. He never makes excuses for himself when we lose, like that missed FG against the Eagles that could’ve made us 6-1, nor does he blame his teammates for missed routes, fumbles, tipped balls, or bad defense. The guy goes out there and is a leader. Finger pointing and excuse making is a sign of immaturity. He will stand up and say it how it is w/o ruffling feathers. As a Giants fan I hated the 49ers back in the day, hated the Cowboys, but still respected and envied Joe Montana, and Troy Aikman. True competitors talk on the field, not to the media with opinions of games that will not change.

  17. jaymc1988 says: Oct 24, 2012 4:26 PM

    eli beat dallas is dallas stadium known as “thats my qb” bowl
    then beat favre in a game negative below
    then beat brady for his 1st SB
    beats dallas twice, and the jets to secure playoff spot
    proceeds to destroy the falcons
    beat rodgers
    got the hell beat out of him in SF and still won
    beat brady again in the SB on another GW drive
    2x SB mvp
    playoffs 4/7 years so far prob will make it 5/8 this yr
    multiple multiple in season comebacks and GW drives

    WHEN will players start givin this man his respect

    When he manages to beat Peyton :p
    ok I will get my coat

  18. plain and simple the REDSKINS gave the midgets a GIFT plain and simple.Redskins Dominated the game the midgets could not run, cruz only had 53 yards before his lucky catch.eli played like crap. the game film dose not lie. NEXT TIME THE REDSKINS WILL KICK THE CRAP OUT OF THE midgets. !!!!!!!!!

  19. Bearsguy042

    This is stupid and a complete distortion of the point Dhall was trying to get across.

    He wasn’t even the guy defending Cruz on that play, what he was saying was that our defense looked like we gave it to them on that play by playing horrible defense. All Eli had to do was make the throw (something he says he could have done himself) and that it wasn’t rocket science to be able to identify the weak links in the secondary (Madieu Williams) and make the play.

    Obviously, what Hall was trying to say wasn’t any better, but at least get across what he was trying to say….not what the media wishes he had said.

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    HAHAHA

    “This is stupid and a complete distortion of the point Dhall was trying to get across.What he was saying was that our defense looked like we gave it to them on that play by playing horrible defense. All Eli had to do was make the throw (something he says he could have done himself) and that it wasn’t rocket science to be able to identify the weak links in the secondary (Madieu Williams) and make the play”

    ” it wasn’t rocket science” is the part that people are talking about. The part that makes Hall sound like an ass.

    Eli is the best QB in the league. Maybe the “numbers” aren’t the best but in a pinch I would want no other. Not even his brother.

    2 RINGS

  20. “It’s not rocket science” to play a “prevent” defense in that situation either, allowing the dink and dunk but not the home run. Even I could have told them to allow enough cushion that nobody gets behind them with the game on the line, and I’m no rocket scientist.

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