Tom Coughlin: “No question” new offense will help Eli Manning rebound

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The Giants changed offensive coordinators this offseason, marking the most significant change to the unit run by quarterback Eli Manning since he entered the league in 2004.

One might think that the prospect of changing the way an offense does business with a veteran quarterback coming off his worst season (and offseason ankle surgery) is a recipe for a bad outcome, but coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t see things that way. Coughlin told Kimberley Jones of NFL Network that he believes forcing Manning to study and learn a new offense will bring a return to the kind of play that the team got from him while winning a pair of Super Bowls.

“There’s no question in my mind about that,” Coughlin said. “As a matter of fact, this studying part, it’s a good thing. It is a good thing. And that’s really what I wanted to go ahead and put in place, where the wheels for the veteran players, the wheels were really turning and so that was part of the objective.”

You wouldn’t expect to hear Coughlin to say anything different because it is hard to imagine that he’d still be coaching if the entire organization didn’t believe that sticking with what’s worked in the past was the best way to win again in the future. That confidence is balanced by the new faces around Manning in a new offense that could take some time to click at the level the Giants will need to return to the playoffs.

20 responses to “Tom Coughlin: “No question” new offense will help Eli Manning rebound

  1. It better. He’s not getting any younger and his “ELIte” status is in severe questioning… I’d love to see this guy in Canton, but he’ll probably need one more ring to make it a 100% certainty.

  2. Probably the first time Eli has had to learn a new offense since he entered the NFL. Gabbert is learning his fourth in less than three full years in the league.

  3. Eli was never the same after Tiki chose not to come back to the Giants. Eli needed Tiki’s greatness, leadership and inspiration to become a good QB. With Tiki, Eli was lost.

    All you haters can complain about Tiki but he is the classiest Giant in team history. He is a true leader. He would have had Michael Strahan’s job at ABC if he had not generously told ABC to hire Strahan instead of him.

  4. Eli personifies a franchise in decline. They’ve gotten old, slow and wounded over the last few years and they are not challenger in the NFCE.

    They will battle Dallas for last place. Jerry Reese has had some bad luck with draftees, but other personnel errors have them in bad shape.

    I expect a new GM and HC after a bad year. They will also draft Eli’s replacement. He’s done, but nobody wants to admit it.

  5. All this talk about Eli being elite is ridiculous. Good qb-sure but not elite. Those SB’s were won based on the Giants having a stellar defense and 2 miracle catches. Simple as that.

  6. Here comes a 30 TD 10 int season for Eli. Book it. He’s free of Killdrive and that low percentage vertical offense. Eli was never a high interception QB at Ole Miss. The Comeback Kid will be kicking some major rear end this season.

  7. aceakking says:
    Jun 19, 2014 5:58 PM
    How Eli Manning won 2 SBs over Tom Brady is one of the biggest mysteries.


    So, Spygate is a mystery to you? Brady needed a little video camera on his side to win the big game. Eli didn't. Both times.

  8. Eli needed Tiki torch of coaches greatness.Are you kidding me.You probably don’t remember Tiki torch telling the media the team was outcoached.Strange how they won the super bowl right after he left.If he had gone to ABC maybe he would’ve found a young intern there he could leave his pregnant wife for.

  9. Eli is a leader and a winner. Has beaten the best. Wins and titles are the two biggies on the resume.

  10. Better? Meh, who knows. Cant see it getting much worse tho. Seriously, the dude throws a ton of pickles.

  11. Gilbride didn’t become an offensive coordinator to make friends with weinie fantasy football fans. He helped deliver us two glorious titles with the high risk high reward offense. League caught up to it. Now we’re playing ff with a 2x sbmvp qb. You’re all screwed.

  12. Eli is on the decline, but we can still win 10 games with him. Let him play out his contract (if he regresses or stays the same) and let him him FA with dignity. No matter hat trolls want to say, he’s a 2x SB MVP and very few can or will ever say that

  13. Yes Eli is a winner and a leader. BTW Eli was baited with that éelite question. The person who baited him was cruel and took advantage of Eli who has some minor developmental issues. That person should be fired for doing that.
    Eli is a great QB and a great person. I wish people would stop bullying him. Tiki was a complete waste who insulted Eli and when he left the Giants won SB. Eli is a winner. Let him recover from his injury and learn the new offense and he will continue his greatness.

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