MARIO MANNINGHAM THANKS BILL BELICHICK FOR GIVING HIM ROOM TO MAKE BIG CATCH IN SUPER BOWL XLVI
Excerpt: "Mario Manningham had already gotten a sneak peek at the Super Bowl XLVI
Champions DVD he and four of his teammates helped premiere this evening.
In particular, the Giants’ wide
receiver noted the part where Patriots coach Bill
Belichick tells his defense to continue focusing on Victor Cruz and Hakeem
Nicks and force Eli Manning to go elsewhere during the late stages of the
Right before Manningham's 38-yard catch up the sideline to spark the
game-winning drive, in fact.
“Um, thank you. That’s all,” Manningham said when asked his reaction before
heading into a theater at Regal Cinemas in Times Square to view the film again.
“Thank you. I appreciate it. I was just trying to go out there and make a play.
I don’t really have too much to say.”
He added, “I know what I can do, I know what I’m capable of doing. I’m glad
he did that. Thank you. But I know what type of player I am."
Manningham surely saw it as a sign of disrespect Belichick would rather see
the ball go his way. But frankly, it was a matter of picking one’s poison when
defending the Giants’ trio of receivers this past season. Even Manningham
“This year it seemed like everybody needed three or four good wide receivers
on their team,” he said. “I feel like any of us can make a play at any time. You
need a lot of good receivers these days.”
Which leads us right back to where we’ve been for a few weeks now in
discussing all things Manningham: If it’s so great to have all three on the
field at once, why would he head elsewhere?
Well, because the Giants probably won’t be able to match the kind of offer
Manningham will get from another team. Not with their being over the salary cap
right now and needing to worry about paying Nicks and Cruz in the near future.
So these things tend to be great while they last but don’t last very long.
Manningham said there’s been no progress in talks between his agent Drew
Rosenhaus and the Giants, and he still expects to hit the free-agent market.
Once he does, odds are he won’t be coming back.
Even if he wants to.
“I don’t wanna go nowhere but if it’s somewhere else, that’s’ where my path
continues,” he said, adding this when asked why he wants to stay: “Because I
feel like we can do a lot of damage in these next four to five years, that’s
just how I feel. We’re all young, so … I don’t know. It’s not up to me. I want
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