Eli Manning certainly doesn’t sound wounded by the criticism head coach Ben McAdoo tossed his way following Monday night’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
“He knows I can take it. If you’ve played 14 years in New York, you’ve been criticized. You can take pretty much whatever they throw at you,” Manning said on Wednesday. “So, Coach McAdoo and I are on the same page and anything he says – whether it’s to the media, to me, to the team – it’s all for the better of the team and I’m okay with it.”
Manning said the interception he threw and the delay of game penalty McAdoo criticized him for are “on the quarterback” and that taking the blame is just “part of being in the NFL.”
“You can’t be sensitive and I think everyone’s gotten very sensitive – players and everybody. If someone says anything negative about you, or you did something wrong, then you’ve got a problem,” Manning said. “Coach McAdoo and I have a great relationship. I think he understands that – I told him when he first got here, I enjoy being coached, if I screw something up, let me know. I want to be coached, so we talked about things and there’s some things I’ve got to do that I’ve got to be better at.”
McAdoo Embracing Challenge
McAdoo was asked Wednesday if the 0-2 start was the biggest challenge of his coaching career.
“A lot of people are counting us out and so be it,” he said. “We hold ourselves to a high standard in the building and we have a great challenge this week and we’re looking forward to it.”
Collins: No Extra Pressure On Defense
Safety Landon Collins said on Wednesday that the defense is not feeling added pressure because of the offensive struggles.
“We feel like we’re the backbone of this organization. We’re going to try to make any possible play,” Collins said.
Justin Pugh: “Lot Of Respect” For Eagles
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh knows the Giants’ recent history against the Eagles, especially in Philly.
“Lot of respect to them,” he said. “We’ve gone down there a few times the past few years — have not played well. We’ve got our work cut out for us this week.”
Pugh, like Manning, isn’t shying away from criticism.
“If the fans want to go out there and they want to boo I can’t fault them,” he said. “We haven’t put anything on tape to prove otherwise.”
Pugh added “Stick with us, don’t turn your backs on us just yet, give us a chance here.”
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