Last year, Tom Coughlin said his team had to “finish”. They did. This year, he claimed they needed to “Build the Bridge.”
Right now, that’s a bridge to uncertainty. QB Eli Manning’s performance has tailed off considerably after a promising start. Without him playing at a high level, the Giants could continue their latest nosedive. Will Eli be able to regain that form and lead the Blue to the postseason? Stay tuned.
Manning said his arm felt good and he practiced well today. The Giants have been in this spot several times in the recent past and have fought their way to two championships. Eli was asked if the team was ready for the stretch run:
“You just focus on the next game and all we can worry about is Green Bay right now, all we can worry about is trying to game plan and just get our offense back to playing at a high level and I think we’re close. We’re very close. We’re just a little off. It’s not like we’ve got to go and just start all over. So we’re going to keep working, have a great week of preparation, great focus and go out there and give it our best effort.”
Coughlin says the season is now a six-game one and the team is rested and pointed in the right direction.
“That’s what it’s all about. You’ve got it to this point,” the coach said today. “It’s certainly in our hands, in our own control. We have a one-game lead in the division. We play some very good football teams down the stretch here, but that’s what it is. It’s a stretch. We’re excited about that part of it. We look forward to it; one game at a time.”
The WheelHouse discusses what to expect from Eli Manning in the final six games of the Giants’ season.