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Manning on Hawks: “We expect it’s going to be a tight game”

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm with 11 Comments »
October 5, 2011 1:45 pm
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (AP Photo/Paul Conners)

We talked with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning via conference call this morning.

Coughlin said with all the personnel changes Seattle had made since the Giants pummeled Seattle last year 41-7 at CenturyLink Field, his coaching staff focused more of their efforts on reviewing film from this season.

“It’s a new team,” he said. “(They have) five new starters on defense and 10 new starters on offense. So it’s a new team, and I think you’re best suited to try and understand this team, and how they play and where they’ve come from. So we’ve primarily have done most of our work – our off-season work was obviously intended for last year’s team – but this year we quickly note with so many changes you should be studying this club.”

Manning was asked about his team outscoring the Seahawks 85-13 the last two times they’ve met affecting the way his team approaches Sunday’s contest.

“Last year they had a new quarterback (Charlie Whitehurst) in,” Manning said. “And we had some turnovers and got some field position, and then all of a sudden we got a big lead early on.

“And so I think we expect it’s going to be a tight game. And their offense is really clicking and they’re scoring some points. And defensively they’ve done a good job and have played tight, and have played hard football for four quarters. And we’ve got to expect that and give our best effort.”

Listen to a snippet of Manning’s conversation below.

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Manning also talked about what he expects to face from Seattle’s defense. Last year, Manning carved up the Seahawks, completing 21 of 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the game with a 125.8 passer rating

“There’s a lot of new faces on defense,” Manning said. “They’re playing good football. They’re doing a good job. They have some speed with their rushers and they can get to the quarterback. They do a good job showing different looks, and have a good little blitz package

“And then their safeties are very aggressive in getting into the mix, and they’re good players. They have a new corner (Brandon Browner) who’s likes to press. So I think they’re playing aggressive and confident, and playing good football.”

Manning also talked about how he’s taking better care of the ball this season. Last year he finished 2010 with 25 interceptions and five lost fumbles. This year, Manning has just two interceptions and no fumbles. His 105.6 passer rating is No. 3 in the league.

“I’m just trying to make smarter decisions,” Manning said. “I’m trying to make sure that I throw the ball accurately, and put in the right locations. Concentrate on being confident on my throws before I make them, and not putting them into a crowded area. So I’m just trying to continue and do that.

“And we’ve been in situations where we haven’t been way down, or haven’t been in a bad spot in the game where you’re forced to try and make plays.”

Coughlin said his team focuses on football-specific drills that work on ball security each week during practice, and that has paid off.

“We do drill it,” Coughlin said. “We do a lot with trying to take care of the ball. Two hands on the ball, two hands when you feel pressure coming. Keep both hands on it – don’t get caught with just one hand on the ball.

“And we do gauntlet and high-and-tight drills. And swat drills where people are swatting at the ball carrier or the quarterback or the receiver with the ball. We do a bunch of those things.”

“We’ve been playing pretty smart football,” Manning said about the team’s 3-1 start. “We haven’t made tons of mistakes. We haven’t put ourselves in bad situations, and we’ve been able to find ways to win.”

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  1. No bulletin board pin-up material.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    “It’s a new team,” he said. “(They have) five new starters on defense and 10 new starters on offense. So it’s a new team, and I think you’re best suited to try and understand this team, and how they play and where they’ve come from. So we’ve primarily have done most of our work – our off-season work was obviously intended for last year’s team – but this year we quickly note with so many changes you should be studying this club.”

    Say what? Can someone run this through Google Translate for me? You trying to sell me that you’re not able to prepare for the week 5 game? There’s a bridge in Brooklyn I can let you have for cheap…..

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Man, I was at that game in Seattle last year… god it was ugly. Balmer got blown off the line all game and Charlie was running for his life. It was one of the worst beatings I’ve seen a Seahawk team take in person since before Holmgren.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    SandpointHawk – Translation; Coughlin is a dumbbell and is coaching on borrowed time.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think one of the keys for us in this game will be stopping the run. And I would like to see Jackson start out the game in a more like hurry up mode. He seems to have a better comfort level when they play this way.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    How can a a coach lead his team to the greatest superbowl upset of all time and be a dumbbell? I would love to have a dumbbell coach that can lead and keep us in contention for superbowl wins!Lol.

  7. SeahawkFan12 says:

    So, I have Eli and Hasselbeck as my fantasy QBs. Eli hosts the Seahawks and Matt travels to Pitt. Who would YOU start?

  8. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    A tight game? I expect it to be a blowout. Prepare your anus.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – He was all but fired the season before until ownership gave him a final shot. They got in as a wild card and got hot. Yes, a great victory but he’s been living off that victory. One and out in the playoffs the next year and hasn’t been back since. That has been a loaded team that’s not done much since that terrific victory. I don’t care for him at all.

  10. bird_spit says:

    Prepare yours my friend. Curry has a career day.

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    Tom Coughlin has a 68W, 48L record with the Giants. He has a 4/3 playoff record. The 4 wins coming in the 2007 Superbowl season. He hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2008 season. He is once again under the gun to produce. I think the only reason he still has a job is the Mara family is an old school ownership group and does not make rash decisions. The 50% owned by Tisch is another matter. I know he got a one year extension through 2012 but I think he needs to get to the playoffs and win a game or two this year or he is indeed gone. Like Duke, I don’t care for him at all. Tons of talent that continually fall short when the chips are down….

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