(As opposed to, you know, those annoying, sanctimonious, didactic interceptions.)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a game on Sunday he’d prefer to forget. Down by only one point with 10:49 left in the fourth quarter, Manning threw his first interception of the contest. The Philadelphia Eagles capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown, while Manning responded by throwing two more picks. He now leads the league with 12 interceptions on the season.
After the game, head coach Tom Coughlin discussed both the fourth-quarter collapse and the play of his struggling quarterback:
We just started the fourth quarter and there’s no reason to believe that we can’t continue that kind of play. Then the turnovers started to come. That gave them the short field and the easy scores. It was very demoralizing for the sideline.
I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us a win, he’s almost put too much on himself. And I’m not making excuses. There were a couple of those plays that were terrible. The intentional grounding penalties hurt so badly, because not only distance but to lose the down. I think we can make some progress with regard to preventing that. I think we do have to sometimes just cover the ball and go down (ESPN).
The 0-5 Giants will hopefully turn things around when they head to Chicago on Thursday. If they don’t, and if Eli continues to struggle, expect things to get ugly in New York.