Excerpt: "All it takes is one demoralizing defeat, a troubling pair of games where King Eli has misplaced his elite crown, for a barrage of questions from media and concerns from fans about another second-half swoon under Tom Coughlin that would sabotage the Giantsí Super Bowl defense.
In this euphoria-disaster sports town we live in, everybody rushes to the panic room first and asks questions later.There will be no second-half swoon this time.
You either believe in Eli Manning or you do not.
You either believe he is a two-time Super Bowl MVP in his prime, or you do not.
He has righted The Big Blue Ship before, and he will right it again.
ďThe fact of the matter is this,Ē Justin Tuck said. ďIíve been in the league [eight] years, and been with Eli for all eight years. ... I really havenít seen a guy thatís more professional about his approach ... about dissecting a defense, and getting his team in position to be successful. It hasnít worked the last two weeks. But Iím not worried about him because of the fact that heís probably more critical on himself than anybody is ever going to be with him so, I know heís in the film room, I know heís doing everything possible to get the ship righted.
ďHe demands that from everybody else around him, too, so ... heís not perfect, heís not going to go out there and throw eight touchdowns and 400 yards every game.
ďBut heís definitely going to go out and [put his] best foot forward, and always do the things that are going to help this team win. Football is funny that way, when you put that much effort into things, your likelihood of being successful goes up, and I know heís doing that, and Iím not worried about him bouncing back.Ē Read more...