New York Giants-New York Jets: Are New York QBs Taught How To Slide?

Steven MerriamCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants gets sacked late in the game by Will Witherspoon #50 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, yet again, a sliding problem happened for a New York NFL team.

After making a key interception, the Giants received the ball around the Eagles' 30-yard line. Eli Manning had no one to throw to so he took a run to the left.

Eli ran for the first down, but as he fell, he fumbled the ball. Granted, Manning was touched as he was running it. So it could have been called either that Manning was down or fumbled the ball.

The refs decided not to change the fumble call. If the Giants scored at that point and the fumble had not occurred, the game may have been tied in the fourth quarter. This play brought back memories of the recent Jets game when Mark Sanchez injured himself while taking a slide for a first down.

Reportedly the Jets even brought in Joe Girardi a couple days before to work with Sanchez on his sliding.

Due to Sanchez's injury he could not play this weekend for the Jets against Tampa Bay.  This injury would be no problem for the Jets, as they demolished the Buccaneers 26-3.

Kellen Clemens, in his first start for the Jets in two years, threw 12-for-23 and had 111 passing yards.

Mark Sanchez is expected to practice this week but as of now his status is uncertain.

These recent problems with QBs sliding brought me to this question: Did Rex Ryan and Tom Coughlin forget to coach the quarterbacks on how to slide?

Granted there are reasons for the problems with sliding. Eli was playing in slippery conditions and may have been hit on the way down, and Sanchez is a young QB learning the ropes of being an NFL QB.

However, all they are doing is sliding which is not a very hard thing to do for a QB rather than trying to get away from an incoming tackler. I certainly hope the two New York QBs will have help with their sliding by coaches Rex Ryan and Tom Coughlin and not bring in Joe Girardi to help an NFL QB.