Giants Putting In Extra Work Trying to Get Eli Manning Back In Synch With WR's, Especially Victor Cruz
Excerpt: "Eli Manning dropped back and watched Victor Cruz working against a single cornerback on an empty football field. Manning delivered a throw in rhythm.
The routine continued over and over again. It’s a simple one-on-one drill that is performed regularly in training camps. But this is what it’s come down to for the Giants’ struggling aerial attack.
On Tuesday Tom Coughlin met with Manning to discuss the Giants’ recent offensive doldrums. And then on Wednesday, midway through the regular season, the Giants took a mid-practice break from their preparations for Sunday’s game against the Bengals to work through a training-camp drill.
“We just threw it in,” Cruz said. “Once the season starts, we normally don’t do that as much as in training camp. We just threw it in there, just to get some timing down.”
It’s all because a high-flying air attack has been grounded for the better part of four games. Since his 259-yard, three-TD effort against the Browns on Oct. 7, Manning has averaged just 211.8 passing yards per game. He has thrown just two touchdown passes against four interceptions in his last four games, gradually falling off after a brilliant start to the season.
The breaking point came Sunday against the Steelers. Manning passed for 125 yards, his lowest game total since throwing for 111 yards against the Bills on Dec. 23, 2007. Cruz and Hakeem Nicks combined for 77 receiving yards, the second straight week that they managed less than 100 yards.
Manning’s meeting with Coughlin was simple, the coach said, and the two discussed “fundamentals and about getting us going.”
“Just how to get back on track, get back to playing at a high level,” Manning added. “Both of us want the same thing, for our offense to get back rolling and start scoring some points.” Read more...