Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Giants Morning Report for Saturday.
10 years of Eli
Friday marked the 10-year anniversary of Eli Manning's first start with the Giants. If you recall, the Giants were 5-4 at the point in the 2004 season when Tom Coughlin decided to replace Kurt Warner with Manning. The Giants won only once the rest of the season.
"It was a heck of a move by me, wasn't it?" Coughlin said Friday. "At that point in time, we had Kurt Warner, who was a great pro and a great human being. An excellent, excellent quarterback and I just didn't see what I wanted to see at that point. We were (5-4), and I felt that it was time for the good of the franchise to take the franchise quarterback and to put him on the field. So we did. It was an experience for Eli for that second half of the season. It was a good move in the long run because of obviously what happened the next year and years to come."
JPP thinks Giants can run the table
Jason Pierre-Paul isn't ready to give up on the season despite the Giants' 3-7 record and five-game losing streak.
"I am not talking stuff or whatever, but every team has to come through here. We have a couple home games left and three away games. They have to come through here, any team that comes through here, we are going to be playing our hardest," Pierre-Paul said. "We still have something to play for. We made it hard for ourselves being in the predicament we are in now, and we can dig ourselves out of it by winning all of these games. We have six games left, let's win them, I think we can."
DRC: 'Things don't always go your way'
This has been a difficult season for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the highest-priced of the 14 free agents signed by the Giants in the off-season. He has gone from the Denver Broncos, who played in the Super Bowl, to the struggling Giants. He has also battled injuries that have limited his playing time and his effectiveness.
"Any time you get an opportunity to play, you just go out there and play," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "In football, things don't always go your way. You've just got to keep fighting."
Giants holding coat drive
The Giants, FedEx and New York Cares will host their 19th annual Coat Drive on Sunday, when the Giants host the Cowboys in MetLife Stadium. Fans are encouraged to bring their new or gently worn coats to any of the New York Cares volunteers located at each stadium entrance.
All coats collected during the drive will be donated to New York Cares, a non-profit organization that meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. The coats will then be distributed to men, women and children at homeless shelters, community organizations, centers for battered women and agencies serving senior citizens across the metropolitan area.
Around The Inter-Google
Adam Schien of NFL.com has joined the chorus of those (including yours truly) who says Coughlin shouldn't be blamed for what has happened to the Giants:
If you are blaming Tom Coughlin for this horrendous campaign, if you are calling for the decorated coach to be fired, I frankly feel sorry for you.
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