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N.Y Giants' Eli Manning puzzles Tom Coughlin just as much as fans

giantshel042611_optBY CHRISTINE VALDEZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Heading into a bye week, the New York Giants closed their first half of the season with two straight losses, leaving many questions concerning quarterback Eli Manning.

In the last three games, Manning has only been able to complete 54 of 99 passes for a completion rate of 54.5, according to Yahoo Sports. Manning has also thrown four interceptions, no touchdowns, and 532 yards. With Manning's statistics dramatically changing, there are concerns about the two-time MVP's throwing arm.

During Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Bengals, Manning did not perform well but he mentioned post game that he has not experienced any pain in this throwing arm.

“I’m still making the throws and I don’t feel like it’s tired,” said Manning to Yahoo Sports about his arm. “If my arm were tired, I would tell the coaches and we would adjust. I don't feel like we are overthrowing by any means, and the ball is still coming out fine, so I don't see anything into it.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has also been concerned about his quarterback, asking Manning how he feels.

“I still believe that Eli will bounce back and will play the way that he has played at a championship level,” said Coughlin to Yahoo Sports. “I certainly don’t quite understand where we are and why.”

Coughlin is concerned about Manning but also mentioned that the quarterback was under pressure throughout the loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“He was under duress a lot today,” said Coughlin to ESPN New York. “The protection was not what you would want; it’s a combination. There were times when perhaps the protection was good and we were holding the ball a little bit longer due to people not being open or whatever.”

The Giants now head into their off week and will return on Nov. 25 against the Green Bay Packers at home.

 

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