For Giants quarterback Eli Manning, it's one thing to dodge darts thrown by the New York media, it's another thing when it's done by your general manager.
Giants first-year GM Jerry Reese said Manning played "skittish" in his four interception performance against the Vikings last week in a 41-17 loss.
Even though the description was downplayed in its context in the original story, it stirred up the Big Apple masses. Reese tried to explain his comments twice to Manning during the week, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Manning is secure in his future as the team's quarterback, the source insisted to ESPN.
Since becoming the Giants' starter midway through the 2004 schedule, Manning
has struggled in the second half of seasons. He was really bad last
season, when New York went 2-6 down the stretch and squeaked into
the playoffs at 8-8.
The problem is manifesting itself again. Since the bye, the
Giants are 1-2. Manning has two touchdown passes and six
interceptions in the two losses. He has thrown three TDs in the
last four games.
Manning also creates problems for himself by being so stoic. To
many it comes off as if he doesn't care, which is far from the
"It's not like I go home and all my worries are gone and the
games don't come back in my mind," Manning said this week. "I go over plays
and situations. That's what I love to do. I am competitive and I
work extremely hard. I work hard enough where I don't expect to
have those types of games. It's not a matter of being ill-prepared.
It's just not performing well and things going the wrong way and
the other team playing well."
While having a tantrum after a bad play might feel good, Manning
said it won't correct the mistakes. He also believes screaming and
yelling will rekindle some recent problems on a team where
finger-pointing was second nature.
"We have done a better job of doing that this year," he said.
"We haven't had as many problems. And we have stayed calm on the
sidelines. It's just that we have to fix some things and figure out
how to play better football."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.