Eli Manning has Coughlin's back

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stopped by radio row in downtown Dallas on Thursday and had some interesting comments. He's well aware that teammate Antrel Rolle told a radio station last month that coach Tom Coughlin needed to be a little more like the Jets' fun-loving head coach, Rex Ryan. And as you might expect, Manning had a completely different take.

ManningManning"It's not a lot of hooting and hollering like Coach Ryan, but it's about getting prepared and trying to go out there and play good football," Manning said in support of Coughlin per ESPNNewYork.com. "In that case, I enjoy it. I think he does a great job. A lot of people like the way it is."

Manning was also asked to clarify a comment he made about quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan. Manning said that Sullivan, who spent six seasons coaching wide receivers, needed to start "thinking like a quarterback, not a wide receiver."

"No, no, that doesn't go into decision-making," Manning said of any link between his league-leading 25 interceptions and the coaching he received. "I've been playing this game long enough where I know not to throw to the opposing team. Coach Sullivan did a great job getting me prepared and having game plans and breaking down all the film I wanted him to.

"That wasn't part of it. I just had some bad plays, some trying to make too much happen and trying to force things. I have to learn that you can try to make stuff happen, but throwing it to the other team is not going to help out the cause."

General manager Jerry Reese made it clear two weeks ago that it was up to Manning, not anyone else, to make the necessary changes. And Reese didn't give the quarterback a lot of grace for those passes that bounced off his receivers' hands. The message was clear that a former Super Bowl MVP has to live up to a higher standard.

In other news, it sounds like Manning will try to organize workouts with his receivers if there's a lockout. And with all the rhetoric we're hearing, it's hard to imagine a quick conclusion in the labor negotiations.