Benching Eli Manning 'Hasn't Crossed' Tom Coughlin's Mind

Emily BayciContributor IIIOctober 17, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 27-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning’s play this season has been anything but pretty, and he leads NFL quarterbacks in one aspect of play: interceptions.

The New York Giants' 0-6 record, 23 turnovers and Manning’s 15 interceptions mean it is time for a regroup.

Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News reported that this regroup does not involve benching the quarterback during his 10th season for the Giants.

Coach Tom Coughlin said, via Samuel:

"That hasn’t crossed my mind at all. I’m sure he would tell you that he would like to play better, there’s no doubt about that. I have every confidence in the world that he will."

In a report by Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Coughlin mentioned how two of the team's top receivers sat out during the offseason.

Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks each skipped the Giants' voluntary practices this spring. Cruz missed the mandatory minicamp, too, as his contract was not signed yet.

During the season, Manning’s line has been a big cause for New York’s issues. The line has been struggling in the passing and the running games all season.

Manning has taken a beating in nearly every game.

The team has also suffered numerous injuries. Right guard David Diehl is officially back after missing the first four games of the season due to thumb surgery. Center David Baas missed three games with a neck injury but should return to the lineup Monday.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Also in Pelissero's report, Manning pointed more towards problems with pass protection and running good routes as the Giants' main concerns.

It is not Manning alone who is leading New York to one of its worst seasons, but it will take improvement on his part for the Giants to start winning.

Manning is on track to break the single-season interception record of 42 set by George Blanda in 1962. On top of Manning's 15 interceptions, he has two fumbles and a 53.7 completion percentage.

According to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk, Manning showed his first signs of a meltdown after last week's loss against the Bears.

Even if Coughlin keeps his faith in Manning, it is going to take some catches and a few wins for Manning to regain some faith in himself.