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Eli Manning’s strong push for Tom Coughlin could help Ben McAdoo

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s emotional comments to reporters about coach Tom Coughlin should be no surprise. Coughlin is the only NFL coach Eli has known, arriving in New York the same year Eli was drafted.

Twelve years later, and a day after Eli turned 35, the Giants need a coach who wants to work with Eli — and with whom Eli wants to work.

It’s no surprise, then, to learn (as PFT has) that Eli Manning made a direct pitch to ownership to keep Coughlin. With ownership opting to still make the change, the question becomes whether ownership will throw Eli a bone by elevating offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo into the head-coaching job.

McAdoo arrived in 2014; promoting him would ensure a degree of continuity for Manning. Then again, it could be argued that McAdoo is part of the problem that culminated in Coughlin being fired. If the Giants decided to push out Coughlin, why would they promote one of his lieutenants?

It’s also possible that the next head coach would agree to keep McAdoo as the offensive coordinator. With the Giants job regarded as one of the best in all of football, it possibly wouldn’t take much arm twisting to persuade Coughlin’s successor to stick with McAdoo, if that helps Eli feel more comfortable about spending the twilight of his career with the Giants.

A dozen years ago, Eli showed that he’s not bashful about making a power play. Although it was Archie Manning, not Eli, who told the world that the Chargers shouldn’t draft Eli, some believe that Archie was simply taking the heat in order to keep Eli from looking like the bad guy. At this stage of his career, after giving the Giants a pair of Super Bowl wins, would it be a shock for Eli to make it known that he wants to finish his career elsewhere, if he’s not happy with the team’s choice of head coach or offensive coordinator?

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47 Responses to “Eli Manning’s strong push for Tom Coughlin could help Ben McAdoo”
  1. techvet says: Jan 4, 2016 7:56 PM

    It would also not be a shock to see Mike McCarthy lure McAdoo (or Joe Philbin) back to Green Bay to fix the crash-and-burn offense.

  2. weepingjebus says: Jan 4, 2016 7:59 PM

    Eli blowing up the draft to avoid the Chargers was one of the sleaziest things I’ve seen in sports, and Coughlin went right along with it. That people are now trying to paint them as some sort of noble pair remains ridiculous. They’re just mercs running out of time.

  3. amaf21 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:00 PM

    Uh what?

    the Giants need a quarterback who wants to work with Eli — and with whom Eli wants to work.

  4. ttommytom says: Jan 4, 2016 8:00 PM

    Eli never had enough time or consistent enough receivers for the Run and Shoot (Gilbride offense) to work.

    Drove him and anyone ‘in the know’, crazy.

    Now FINALLY an OC.

    Had McAdoo been the OC all these years (or any disciple of) who knows how good Eli could have been.

    Mara and Tisch HAVE TO KNOW this.

    Keep McAdoo.

  5. ttommytom says: Jan 4, 2016 8:03 PM

    P.S.

    McAdoo will be out of a job way shorter than any other OC whose HC was fired. He is the real deal…

  6. MichaelEdits says: Jan 4, 2016 8:03 PM

    There’s no reason Eli can’t replace that beat-up old cripple in Denver. Eli has more Super Bowl rings.

  7. brendafortheboyz says: Jan 4, 2016 8:03 PM

    Mara is a snake in my opinion! I have the utmost respect for Tom Coughlin, over the majority of the coaches in the league. This is coming from a fanatic Cowboys’ fan. Eli can voice his opinion, but it is up to the owners, like it or not, whether a “bone” is thrown or not……

  8. bossytrottiergillies says: Jan 4, 2016 8:04 PM

    Would it be a shock for him to do anything that is deemed negative for his team, considering he has succeeded in a huge media market without so much of a peap of
    controversy or negativity? Yes it would be.

  9. gridgod says: Jan 4, 2016 8:05 PM

    Can’t wait for the Manning family’s NFL era to be over.

  10. luckyarmpit says: Jan 4, 2016 8:14 PM

    “if that helps Eli feel more comfortable about spending the twilight of his career with the Giants.”

    He better spend the twilight of his career with the Giants. Spent a lot of money on that jersey.

  11. boycord says: Jan 4, 2016 8:14 PM

    Florio. You say ownership made the decision with Coughlin, yet Coughlin’s statement said he stepped down. Was Coughlin nudged out or did he in fact leave on his own volition?

  12. luckyarmpit says: Jan 4, 2016 8:15 PM

    gridgod says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:05 PM
    Can’t wait for the Manning family’s NFL era to be over.

    —————————————————————–

    Peyton and Eli are two of the best QBs to ever play the game. It will be a sad day when their era is over.

  13. justintuckrule says: Jan 4, 2016 8:20 PM

    When you look at the Browns, fins, Titans and other quarterback killing franchises, you should applaud Eli for making that power play to a stable franchise. How many hundreds of millions did he make? Look at manziel, tannehill and soon to be mariota. Those poor souls started their careers with one foot in the grave.

  14. arrogantnation says: Jan 4, 2016 8:21 PM

    Eli has thrived with McAdoo over the last two seasons. Turning 35 yesterday, the last thing he needs is a new offensive system that will take a couple years to develop a level of comfort and familiarity in. Best situation would be if the new head coach would retain McAdoo as the OC. If the Giants elevate McAdoo to head coach, they should have just kept Coughlin for a couple more years.

  15. williamannand says: Jan 4, 2016 8:26 PM

    It may be a plum job, but despite Manning and Beckham, it’s not a plum roster at this point. Player talent has decreased a lot since 2011. The best coaching candidates will take that into consideration in evaluating the opening.

  16. charism4 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:28 PM

    McAdoo’s work includes Aaron Rodgers (the good one) and Eli Manning (the good one).

    If youve got a QB who needs to be reeled in. McAdoo is THE MAN.

  17. bigbluefandom says: Jan 4, 2016 8:28 PM

    As Mike Francesca said on WFAN today… Eli thrived because of all world WR Odell Beckham Jr. Not because of McAdoo. McAdoo is over-rated. Just look at his play calls. When Odell is not present, the offense looks worse than high school offense. all you have to do is look back at the Minnesota game. Mike Francesca is on the spot.

  18. rcampore says: Jan 4, 2016 8:37 PM

    I think the best option is to get a defensive minded coach like McDermott or Patricia and ask him to keep McAdoo as OC and then the HC can build the defense back up.

  19. Angry Orange Man says: Jan 4, 2016 8:38 PM

    What about Mcadoo as head coach and hiring Coughlin as his OC?

  20. fantom21 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:49 PM

    They need a clean sweep if they want to be successful. As a fan of a team who uses the holdover tactic of firing a staff member while keeping another coach employed, I can tell you it’s the wrong way to go about winning games. Since Coughlin is gone, both coordinators and even the GM should be let go as well. The talent level on the Giants has decreased significantly over the past 2-3 drafts. Reese’s job should also be scrutinized.

  21. ggreen657 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:05 PM

    Eli knows Coughlin is the only coach that can beat the Patriots.

  22. abninf says: Jan 4, 2016 9:10 PM

    Tell you what, Giants. You don’t want Coughlin so how about we trade you head coaches?

    – Cowboy fan

  23. arwiv says: Jan 4, 2016 9:13 PM

    Coaches turn around teams in their first year all the time….reid and bowles are two examples just this year….and they bring in their own coordinators. This idea that Eli HAS to have mcadoo to be successful is ridiculous. I dont want any head coach who keeps mcadoo just to get the job and I dont want mcadoo to get it either.

    Eli learning a new system, if he has to, is not the problem….the problem is Reese finding a way to add 10-15 starting quality NFL players to this roster to replace the 2nd and 3rd stringers they have starting now.

  24. pftstory says: Jan 4, 2016 9:14 PM

    The timing won’t work because Eli has more than one year left, but if they retired the same year could the brothers go to the HOF together,

    Yes I think two SBs and his stats get Eli in.

  25. wallabear says: Jan 4, 2016 9:15 PM

    This is why allowing Eli[te] to return home to his birth town, Gnawlins, in exchange for a Sean Payton/Drew Brees package deal, is something Mara/Tisch need to thoughtfully consider. With two (2) SB wins under his belt with just a-little-better-than-mediocre offensive talent around him (e.g., Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, Henry Hynoski, Jake Ballard from Super Bowl 46 — no offense guys! — and no double-entendre intended), Eli[te] back home in Gnawlins with the Saints would definitely attract most of the top-tier HC candidates (e.g., Adam Gase, Hue Jackson, Mike Shanahan) and would certainly bring the Manning Family full circle, given patriarch Archie Manning’s initial career phase in Gnawlins from 1971 to 1982.

  26. bam5239 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:16 PM

    At 35 how much longer does Eli really have? Peyton succeeds by his mental prowess, where as, Eli has better physical tools that may regress suddenly at any time.

    The Giants have a stud WR, so drafting a QB to replace Manning a la Aaron Rodgers this year to develops with him may need to take precedence over making Manning happy for the 2-3 years of good play he has left.

  27. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 4, 2016 9:28 PM

    Coughlin should go to Miami and help Tannehill develop.
    Two super bowls in 12 years not good enough? See how you like coaching against him. Plus Miami is a heckuva place to retire.

  28. justintuckrule says: Jan 4, 2016 9:29 PM

    Abninf – we’d take Garrett in 2 secs. You don’t know how good of a coach he is because your GM (who we even wouldn’t trade for) has castrated him.

  29. carloswlassiter says: Jan 4, 2016 9:38 PM

    boycord says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:14 PM

    Florio. You say ownership made the decision with Coughlin, yet Coughlin’s statement said he stepped down. Was Coughlin nudged out or did he in fact leave on his own volition?
    ————————————————————–
    He was fired but allowed to say that he stepped down to save face.

  30. ikeclanton says: Jan 4, 2016 9:39 PM

    Eli’s “strong push” for Coughlin to stay should have been the many years he might have helped get the Giants a winning record or into the playoffs but didn’t. Lot of no-show years in this combo’s tenure.

  31. richardernsberger says: Jan 4, 2016 10:00 PM

    gridgod says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:05 PM
    Can’t wait for the Manning family’s NFL era to be over.

    Yes, three Super Bowl wins, 1 HOFer and a brother who’s not far from HOF himself. Two of the best QBs ever. It is a shame we’ve had to watch them for 12-18 years. What a stupid comment.

  32. luckyluc776 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:21 PM

    A PAIR of Superbowl they won by less than a touchdown altogether and with 2 ridiculously amazing catches, both of whom had a player catching it that’s nowhere to be seen as of the years after (Tyree, where is he… and the other SOB, where is he ?)

  33. justintuckrule says: Jan 4, 2016 10:45 PM

    ^says a lot about the coach and qb wouldn’t you say, hater?

  34. giantsfan2104 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:48 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 4, 2016 7:59 PM

    Eli blowing up the draft to avoid the Chargers was one of the sleaziest things I’ve seen in sports, and Coughlin went right along with it. That people are now trying to paint them as some sort of noble pair remains ridiculous. They’re just mercs running out of time.
    ===================================

    Sleaziest thing in sports? Pretty sure Marty McSorley set that bar in back 2000. Eli not wanting to play for San Diego is NOTHING compared to what he did.

  35. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 4, 2016 11:00 PM

    carloswlassiter says:
    Jan 4, 2016 9:38 PM
    boycord says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:14 PM

    Florio. You say ownership made the decision with Coughlin, yet Coughlin’s statement said he stepped down. Was Coughlin nudged out or did he in fact leave on his own volition?
    ————————————————————–
    He was fired but allowed to say that he stepped down to save face.
    ========

    You know this how?

  36. carloswlassiter says: Jan 4, 2016 11:16 PM

    lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:00 PM

    carloswlassiter says:
    Jan 4, 2016 9:38 PM
    boycord says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:14 PM

    Florio. You say ownership made the decision with Coughlin, yet Coughlin’s statement said he stepped down. Was Coughlin nudged out or did he in fact leave on his own volition?
    ————————————————————–
    He was fired but allowed to say that he stepped down to save face.
    ========

    You know this how?
    ————————————————————
    Because it’s obvious.

    You think he resigned with a year left on his contract and then made it known that he’s not retiring and what’s to continue coaching?

  37. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:16 PM

    luckyluc776 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:21 PM

    A PAIR of Superbowl they won by less than a touchdown altogether and with 2 ridiculously amazing catches, both of whom had a player catching it that’s nowhere to be seen as of the years after (Tyree, where is he… and the other SOB, where is he ?)

    Tyree is Director of Player Development for the Giants… they didn’t forget about him.

  38. chrisk61 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:26 PM

    just like the rest of the nfc east was very sorry to see coughlin go…we would be very happy to see McAdoo get the job. that would certainly an extension of Christmas gift giving into January.

    and then if dallas traded for manziel, we might die and go to heaven.

    have fun in London G girls

  39. bleedeaglegreen says: Jan 4, 2016 11:55 PM

    “gridgod says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:05 PM
    Can’t wait for the Manning family’s NFL era to be over.”

    So you preferred Marcus, Brenda & Michael Vick over the Mannings? Are the Vicks better role models than the Mannings?

  40. therealhazer says: Jan 4, 2016 11:56 PM

    The offensive coordinator is Odell Beckham. Team is horrible without him.

  41. clk320cpe says: Jan 5, 2016 12:06 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 4, 2016 7:59 PM

    Eli blowing up the draft to avoid the Chargers was one of the sleaziest things I’ve seen in sports, and Coughlin went right along with it. That people are now trying to paint them as some sort of noble pair remains ridiculous. They’re just mercs running out of time.”
    ======================================
    To say that was one of the sleeziest things you’ve ever seen means you are not up to speed on the Elway/Colt/Bronco draft situation of the exact same thing circa 1983, please go back & look at how Elway handled refusing to go to Baltimore & how he acted in public about it. The name calling, the hanging up on Ernie Accorsi multiple times. What Eli did wasn’t unprecedented in any, way shape or form. And after reading how absolutely arrogant & awful John Elway handled it, maybe you’ll understand how much more class the Mannings used with their move.

  42. 1trojan33usc says: Jan 5, 2016 12:47 AM

    I only think Eli has lasted “this” long is due to Coughlin and not the other way around. Over the last 4 seasons hasn’t he led the NFL in picks at least two seasons??? If he went somewhere else and led the league in picks like before i’m sure he’d only last about 3-5 games then “boom” to the bench.

  43. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:58 AM

    First of all, there is no truth that Eli did not want to play for San Diego. His friend Rivers lived closer and wanted to stay close to his family so the Giants offered Eli the position and Chargers offered Rivers. Nothing sleazy there. Archie helped it along. Eli does not handle his affairs, his father and wife do because Eli has a learning disability so please stop the mean comments.

  44. smedley61 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:47 AM

    “techvet says:
    Jan 4, 2016 7:56 PM
    It would also not be a shock to see Mike McCarthy lure McAdoo (or Joe Philbin) back to Green Bay to fix the crash-and-burn offense.”

    That would be a curious thing. Likely that Tom Clements leaves after this season. Could see a possibility that they bring back McAdoo as an assistant Head Coach.

  45. kev86 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:49 AM

    Those posting that do not follow the Giants closely sound really dumb. Pretty funny actually.

    The Giants are s flagship franchise and there are some that understandably don’t like that.

  46. dbfan4ever says: Jan 5, 2016 5:49 PM

    Eli blowing up the draft to avoid the Chargers was one of the sleaziest things I’ve seen in sports, and Coughlin went right along with it. That people are now trying to paint them as some sort of noble pair remains ridiculous. They’re just mercs running out of time.
    ———————————————————————-
    Oh well I guess Eli will just have to consul himself with the two super bowl rings he never would have gotten if he played for the Chargers!

  47. toybkshr says: Jan 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    “He was fired but allowed to say that he stepped down to save face”.

    Or, as the saying goes, he “got quit”

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