After Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Bengals, Giants quarterback Eli Manning said that he didn’t think a tired arm was to blame for his recent struggles.
With the bye week here, though, Manning is erring on the side of caution. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Manning said Monday that he won’t throw at all until next Monday as he unplugs from the game. Coach Tom Coughlin said before the Bengals game that the entire team would get the week off and Manning is doing just that. He won’t be watching any film for a few days either as he tries to refresh after a rough stretch.
Manning completed 29-of-46 passes for 215 yards on Sunday, good for 4.7 yards per attempt. It’s the fourth straight week that Manning’s dropped in that metric and he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in his last three games. He did throw two interceptions, both of which were poor decisions under pressure that Coughlin called “foolish” on Monday. Coughlin did have some better things to say about his play, though.
“There were signs that he’s improving,” Coughlin said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’s getting back to — back on track. There were some signs there that were good yesterday. And we’ve just got to build on it.”
They’ll take a week before trying to build on it and hope that recharged batteries make it easier when they reconvene.