Some members of the media will have you believe that the Giants players have stopped playing for their coach. While most of them are just stirring the pot, some of them are clueless. The Giants defense showed heart and played well enough to win under their embattled DC Perry Fewell. It was the offense, in particular Eli Manning, who gave the game to the 49ers. With Pugh out, Manning was under pressure all game and until the 4th quarter, the running game was no help. We have seen Eli have bad games but this was almost laughable.
While I long for the days where the Giants would run it four times,if necessary, at the goal-line, I realize at times you have to pass. At that juncture of the game the Giants were running the ball with success at least enough to try to run it in. Even if you don’t agree, calling three straight fades is downright ridiculous. If the Giants score there, I believe they win that game. I am a huge Eli supporter and always will be, however I firmly believe if Coach Coughlin would have taken Eli out of the game for a couple of series and re-enter the game it would have at least let him gain his composure and maybe, just maybe fire him up. I know in this QB driven league some would say this is heresy, but if a cornerback or an lb was having as poor a game as Eli was having, would they have stayed in the game? Why should Eli be exempt from being accountable for his poor performance – and another question is, if you know you are never going to be benched, you’ll never have any fear of failing. What I always hear from the coach and Eli himself is that he has to get better and can’t turn it over as much. Ask yourself this question: If Phil Simms threw three interceptions during a game would he have been in there under Parcells to throw a fourth? I know the Coach has to be politically correct these days but you also have to instill fear in your players that if you don’t perform you will be replaced.
Fear is the greatest motivator and as far as I am concerned it’s time for the Coach to step up and make a tough decision that to me would make Eli understand he is not above the team and must step up. If Eli continues to turn the ball over and he is allowed to continue then why would we think things are going to get better? This Sunday night the Giant nation needs a win against the hated Cowboys and if Eli is having an off night, it’s time for the coach to step up and hold Eli accountable. Why not try yanking Eli for a series or two? After all football is the ultimate team game isn’t it?