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Coughlin wants to take blame off Eli’s shoulders

Eli Manning,  Tom Coughlin AP

In the aftermath of the latest Giants loss, the one that dropped them to 0-5, coach Tom Coughlin said quarterback Eli Manning simply had to play better.

But with a day to think about it, Coughlin tried to steer the blame away from his quarterback with a league-high 12 interceptions, and back onto himself.

I can understand what the football world may think,” Coughlin said, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Actually, what should happen is people should shift [the blame] to me. The guy is trying to play the best he can. He’s certainly trying to do too much. He knows his team, and he knows his responsibility.”

Of course, it’s not all his fault. The Giants have been slapping together parts to make an offensive line, and there are receivers and play-callers who contribute to the failure.

“I know that we’re maligning my quarterback today, and believe me, there’s a bunch of people involved in that. Those things don’t happen just one-on-one now,” he said. “It’s a team concept. Whether you have a pressure situation, whether you have somebody that comes loose in front of him and he tries to move, whether the receiver doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do, whether people don’t come back for the ball … whatever it is.”

That’s a lot of moving parts, but Coughlin’s the one responsible for putting them together, and he was willing to make himself accountable.

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29 Responses to “Coughlin wants to take blame off Eli’s shoulders”
  1. halasfan says: Oct 8, 2013 8:02 AM

    So with Eli’s start this year and Peyton’s start to the year I have a question. What happen to all the talk of Eli’s being the better QB in the family???

  2. justanotherdummy says: Oct 8, 2013 8:06 AM

    Coughlin didn’t all of the sudden forget how to coach football. The Giants don’t have enough players to be any more than what they currently are. Seems like half the O-line is out, most of the defensive backfield and the D-line isn’t what it was either. This debacle is at least half on the GM for providing Coughlin with a subpar talent pool.

  3. ronaldmexico7 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:21 AM

    Gets a pass because he is a Manning. Gets a pass because he has “won” two Superbowls with a superior defense and two lucky throws/catches. What a joke. I hope he throws 50 this year.

  4. arwiv says: Oct 8, 2013 8:24 AM

    If Eli is given just enough time in the pocket, he is more than capable of destroying opposing defenses. If Eli is NOT given enough time in the pocket, he is totally incapable of creating anything.

    When you can force Eli to run, you can beat him easily. If he has one major flaw it is his terribly poor lack of athleticism

  5. tommyribs says: Oct 8, 2013 9:03 AM

    I love Eli, he will go down as one of the GIANTS greats, but lets be honest. He gets sloppy with the offense.

    Gilbride doesn’t change things up enough either, and that doesn;t do him any favors either.

    9 years of tape and tendencies on Glibride’s offense, lets face it, defenses know how to stop it.

    Eli has to play smarter and sometimes that includes taking the sack and living to fight another day.

  6. greymares says: Oct 8, 2013 9:12 AM

    Coughlin says “don’t blame Eli.” Tuck says “dont blame Coughlin”. I agree it’s KARMA , blowhard Giant fans getting what they deserve. Emergency rooms in the New York/New Jersey area are full treating broken ankles with these guys jumping off that bandwagon. 7 Giant fans since yesterday have told me Jerry Reese has to go, can you imagine that without him that organization would have won SQUAT.

  7. billco6192013 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:13 AM

    Tom dont baby the guy,he is just to blame as everybody else.Im a life long giants fan and when i see rookie qb s playing better than our guy who has 10 years in the league,im pissed its time for hard love.

  8. bigjdve says: Oct 8, 2013 9:15 AM

    It is good that Coughlin is doing this. If for no other reason than it helps make Eli want to play harder for him.

    It is interesting though, that when Coughlin is doing this that it is scene as a good thing, while when Jerry Jones or Jason Garrett do it for Tony Romo that they are seen as for lack of a better word stupid.

  9. primenumber19 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:15 AM

    Good, coughlin has grown on me, but he is terrible at acknowledging his own accountability for any problem.

  10. bluebongzilla says: Oct 8, 2013 9:29 AM

    It is what it is. And what it is is 12 INTs to go along with 8 TD’s.

  11. trefkennedy says: Oct 8, 2013 9:54 AM

    Romo has had a terrible o-line, no run game and yet was still able to produce, take that away from Eli, and he’s 0-5 with 12 int’s but he’s better than romo?? Seriously??

  12. titaniksigh says: Oct 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    As a Titans fan, I would happily take their 0-5 start if I could also have the two recent superbowl wins.

  13. pnut87 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:15 AM

    Should be much more blame on the GM. They’ve drafted for best talent the last 5 or 5 years, sure they’ve gotten some good players, but completely ignored need in the process.

    Then, instead of actually developing most of the later round players, they hold fast on playing the beat up aging players. So, while some of the new guys have some years on them, they essentially play like rookies when the vets can’t stand up. They basically have a rookie offensive line.

  14. steelcityjoker says: Oct 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    Yep lets coddle Eli….I mean when you average 3 INTs a game….why would it be your fault?

  15. tjjohnson98 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:19 AM

    So David Wilson gets crucified for 2 fumbles and Eli gets a pass for 14 turnovers in 5 games? Ridiculous.

  16. mshawn75 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:57 AM

    Ever since Mr. Mara (and his committee) took 10 million from the Cowboys and 36 million from the Redskins salary caps things have been rough. Ain’t KARMA A “B”?

  17. footballchic777 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:23 AM

    Coughlin needs to accept his and management’s culpability in this. They have let players go that they never replaced well. …. Martellus Bennett, RBs, Osi…. they have a plethora of injuries to the line, the RBs are a sorry, injury filled lot, they have Cruz, injury prone Nicks, and Randle, and they have no D. Eli CANNOT make up for all of that! Management needs to do their jobs!

  18. DonRSD says: Oct 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    IN REESE WE TRUST!!!

  19. nou04 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:33 PM

    I love the homers coddling Eli and defending him. He doesn’t have an O line, too many injuries. He doesn’t have a running game to help.

    Romo had all of those issues the past 3, years, but everyone just said he sucks. What a bunch of biased hypocrits.

    Let’s face it NY, Eli’s 2, super bowls were due to great ground games, great defenses and 2 lucky catches. Eli has been over rated his whole career and when it finally starts to show, it is just excuses. I’m loving what is happening to the Giants and Eli this year. Just desserts.

  20. nygiants0711 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:39 PM

    nou04 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:33 PM

    I love the homers coddling Eli and defending him. He doesn’t have an O line, too many injuries. He doesn’t have a running game to help.

    Romo had all of those issues the past 3, years, but everyone just said he sucks. What a bunch of biased hypocrits.

    Let’s face it NY, Eli’s 2, super bowls were due to great ground games, great defenses and 2 lucky catches. Eli has been over rated his whole career and when it finally starts to show, it is just excuses. I’m loving what is happening to the Giants and Eli this year. Just desserts.
    _________________________________
    In 2011, Eli Manning played on a team with the 30th ranked defense and 32nd ranked rushing attack and led the team to a SB. The notion that he has to have a great defense and a strong running game is unfounded. The key is to have some balance to take the pressure off of him which is something they just don’t have right now with the offensive line and running back situation.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:01 PM

    Giants go from literally the best pass rush in football two years ago, to literally being the worst pass rush in football (last in sacks, QB pressures and QB hits). And half of those average starters are out Thursday.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:16 PM

    nou04 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:33 PM

    I love the homers coddling Eli and defending him. He doesn’t have an O line, too many injuries. He doesn’t have a running game to help.

    Romo had all of those issues the past 3, years, but everyone just said he sucks. What a bunch of biased hypocrits.

    Let’s face it NY, Eli’s 2, super bowls were due to great ground games, great defenses and 2 lucky catches. Eli has been over rated his whole career and when it finally starts to show, it is just excuses. I’m loving what is happening to the Giants and Eli this year. Just desserts.
    —————–

    This season is Christmas for you, isn’t it? Nothing you said is correct. That is fact, not opinion. You were just waiting for the Giants to be bad so that you could go on your “lucky Super Bowls” spiel, and find ways to pick Eli apart.

    The Giants had the worst rushing offense in the league in 2011. Eli made all the throws that no one else made. For the second straight Super Bowl run. Revisionist history only works for people who are bitter about what actually took place in history. Learn to deal.

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:18 PM

    trefkennedy says: Oct 8, 2013 9:54 AM

    Romo has had a terrible o-line, no run game and yet was still able to produce, take that away from Eli, and he’s 0-5 with 12 int’s but he’s better than romo?? Seriously??
    ————

    — Romo’s offensive line was never this bad.

    — Dallas had a run game, but they refused to run, and still do. That’s precisely why they’ve lost every game this season.

    — Romo is dinking and dunking now, of course he has just two INTs. Eli is pressing to make plays because no one else can or tries to do so.

  24. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    greymares says: Oct 8, 2013 9:12 AM

    Coughlin says “don’t blame Eli.” Tuck says “dont blame Coughlin”. I agree it’s KARMA , blowhard Giant fans getting what they deserve. Emergency rooms in the New York/New Jersey area are full treating broken ankles with these guys jumping off that bandwagon. 7 Giant fans since yesterday have told me Jerry Reese has to go, can you imagine that without him that organization would have won SQUAT.
    —————–

    2-3.

    1960.

    Go back to your cave.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:36 PM

    Coughlin handicapped the Giants with the stupid acceptance of that penalty and the timeout usage in the 3rd quarter.

  26. fdugrad says: Oct 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    Yeah, and I want to be Kate Upton’s BOYFRIEND. ELI made the picks, NOT Coach C. It’s not as though we didn’t notice!

  27. stlluna7 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:41 PM

    I really respect that out of him and he is right. QBs cannot play defense too and so, it is a magnanimous gesture and I for one appreciate that.

  28. newtdobbs says: Oct 9, 2013 10:21 AM

    Yeah, Romo dinked & dunked for 500+ yds. Sunday. Face it, Eli sucks.

  29. blu4l1fe says: Oct 10, 2013 4:32 PM

    It’s hilarious, you really know it when you read a haters post.

    Eli’s not good enough to win not one, but two, SBs. When they did, his WRs caught passes that were one in a million, haters term them lucky. His D saved him and his O-line protected him (see Eli SB scramble and “lucky” pass to Tyree). Prior to this season, including the championship seasons, haters keep claiming Eli sucks. Now that the team is beyond struggling, it’s all Eli.

    These fools are hilarious, but in reality, they would give their kidney or liver just for their team to achieve half of what Eli and his crew has done.

    Funny as hell!!!

    Hate on haters!!!

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