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Giants news, 12/29: Eli Manning disappointed with the Giants play

New York Giants news updates for 12/29.

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your news updates for this Tuesday morning.

Eli Manning believes he let Coughlin down

While nothing is set in stone, many believe that Tom Coughlin has one last game left to coach for the New York Giants. A number of Giants have been vocal in their support for Coughlin, and leading the charge is Eli Manning. When asked if he feels he let Coughlin down, especially Sunday vs. the Minnesota Vikings, Manning took the blame.

"Yeah, I think obviously he’s doing a good job getting us prepared and we have to do a better job of playing better, finishing games, and doing our job. We’ve been right there, the opportunities have been there, and we didn’t make plays in critical moments of the game," Manning said. "In each loss, there’s always going to be something that could have been a different statement that we could have made that could have been the difference in the game, and those are the times where you have to make those plays, and we didn’t do it."

Manning sounded as though he understood Coughlin's time as head coach may be coming to an end.

"Obviously, I have great respect for him, I wanted to do my job and do my job well, and get into the playoffs and have a big season, so he could continue to be the head coach," Manning said. "I have such respect for him and he’s the only coach I’ve had in the NFL, and in that sense, [I] feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to play at a better level for him."

Does Jerry Reese deserve the blame?

Tom Coughlin is taking a lot of heat but many have also shown disappointment in the regime of Jerry Reese. Let's recap some of what is being said about the GM:

Giants’ dreadful day without Beckham is Jerry Reese indictment | NY Post

In what could only be seen as an indictment of general manager Jerry Reese’s roster-building skills, Beckham’s replacement crew — Randle, White, Dwayne Harris, Hakeem Nicks and Ben Edwards — mustered seven catches for 133 yards and the two late TDs between them. In other words, a normal game just for Beckham alone had he not melted down against the PanthersJosh Norman the week before and gotten himself benched by the NFL.

Why the N.Y. Giants Should Not Retain Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese | Patricia Traina

When Jerry Reese was named general manager in 2007 after Ernie Accorsi’s retirement, Reese's first draft class was about as close to perfect of a class as the Giants have had in years.

That year, you might remember, Reese actually pulled double duty as both the new general manager and as the director of scouting, a position he ultimately handed off to Marc Ross, whose career path has included stops with the Eagles and the Buffalo Bills.

Somewhere along the line, the Giants moved away from tried-and-true draft techniques such as focusing on the offensive line.

They instead took gambles on players with injury history, players whose skill sets weren’t a fit for what the coaches were running, players whom no one else heard of, players who were "athletes" rather than "football players" and players who in hindsight just didn’t have what it took to be successful in the NFL.

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If Giants and Tom Coughlin part ways, they should consider Sean Payton | New York Daily News

Last plea? Coughlin begs for Coughlin-question ban to Giants | NY Post