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Believe it or not, the idea that the Giants have Eli Manning playing too conservatively is being floated.
Manning has been exceedingly cautious. And the interception total has dropped. And that's good.
But is it helping the Giants?
This is a quarterback who used to do anything he could to make a play, including throwing more than a few left-handed passes.
It's also a quarterback whose two most important throws ever probably were ill-advised: one in which he blindly chucked it down the middle to David Tyree and one in which he threaded it away from coverage for Mario Manningham down the sideline. Both became Super Bowl icons. Should he have spiked those?
Who saw the production the Giants are getting from Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells coming?
Few things in team sports — other than winning — are more gratifying than the discovery that a deficiency has become a strength. We present the Giants’ current tight end position as Exhibit A.
Coaching security pretty much is a non-sequitur in pro football unless your last name is Belichick or McCarthy. Such successes as John Fox, Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin at their first head coaching stops are now at their second — and having success there, too.
None of those gentlemen need worry about future paychecks right now; sorry, sour-pussed Giants fans, but Coughlin, the NFL's oldest coach at 68, has earned the right to decide when he is through.
Did the Giants give away the secrets to their success? Mara didn't think so.
"I don't know if there are any secrets to give away. Everybody is looking for big players, with size that can run. There is no secret about that," Mara said. "Some teams have different standards than others. I think you saw how much we look at character and all the other different characteristics about players, but I don't know if that is a heck of a lot different than other teams."