Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
For the first time since his rookie season in 2004, there was some outward concern expressed by head coach Tom Coughlin about quarterback Eli Manning’s frame of mind following five very difficult weeks of football.
A day after the Giants blew a golden opportunity to not only get their first win of the season, but to also put themselves into a position where they would be one game back in the NFC East for the lead, Coughlin told reporters on Monday that the usually unflappable Manning was feeling down.
“He feels bad about the game, just as we all do,” he said. “We’re suffering from remorse from an opportunity lost, but he’s certainly going to get right back up again in preparation, a very short preparation for the next opponent. I know that part will be done properly and I wish I could bring his spirits back up, but it takes a little bit of time.”
The good news, or so it would seem, is that Manning's spirits did recover from Sunday’s loss.
His father, New Orleans Saints legend Archie Manning, who knows a thing or two about struggling through some rough football, told the New York Daily News that his youngest son is determined to fight his way out of this rut.
“He’s not throwing anybody under the bus,” said the Manning family’s patriarch. “He just says, ‘We’ve all got to do better.’ That was kind of his message to me.”
Meanwhile, the younger Manning understands people aren’t pleased with the performance he and the Giants have put forward these past five weeks.
He shares in their unhappiness.
“I know what situation we’re in and I’m not pleased with it," Manning said. "I’m not happy with our performances and so I know we’ve got to fix them. We’ve got to play better. That’s what we expect of ourselves and that’s what the fans expect."
The Giants offense begins and ends with their quarterback, and all eyes will certainly be on him Thursday night to see if he has finally figured out how to pull his team back from the cliff.