The New York Giants have lost their first two games of the season despite leading by 10 points in the fourth quarter of each game. Tension is building, and after another tough fourth quarter for quarterback Eli Manning, head coach Tom Coughlin admitted that he is frustrated.
“I mean there are times when it’s tremendous,” Coughlin said when asked to assess his quarterback’s performance, per the NY Daily News “and then other times when it’s not. I’m frustrated like you are.”
Manning’s final numbers were respectable, but it was how he finished the football game that has Coughlin concerned. After going 22-of-29 for 262 yards passing and two touchdowns through the first three quarters, Manning was 5-of-11 for 30 yards passing the final quarter.
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Coughlin was specifically disappointed in a late-game penalty that Manning inexcusably caused. On a third-and-7, Manning took a delay of game penalty after a timeout — a questionable mistake for a veteran quarterback.
“There’s really no reason for that,” Coughlin said. “There was plenty of time when we were out over the ball. Plenty of time. The only reason I can offer is he’s changing the protection around and he loses track of the clock. But to go from third-and-7 with a legitimate chance – with quite frankly a good play call – to third-and-12?”