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Postgame QB Eli Manning - 11/11


Q: Are you worried about what happened today?**
A: No, I'm not worried. Every year we have gone through stretches where we didn't play our best football and we were still able to bounce back. That's what is going on right now. Offensively, we're not playing our best, converting on third downs, or scoring in the red zone. We haven't made enough plays to keep the ball in our hands at all. I have to start playing better personally and we need to as a group as well. We still have good players and a good scheme. We just have to put it together better.

Q: There was some speculation this week that you have a "tired arm." Is there any truth in that?A: No, I don't think so. I am still making the throws and I don't feel like it is tired. We have a bye week this week because we have had 10 games in a row. We are going to use the week to rest up and come back refreshed and ready to go.

Q: The first interception that you threw the guy was pulling on your jersey. Usually, you would throw that ball away but you tried to make a play. Is that an indication of the pressure you are under to make something happen?A: No, I was trying to throw the ball away. I wasn't trying to force anything at all. The guy was pulling on me and I couldn't follow through. It was a mistake on my part and I know better, but I made a bad decision in the moment.Q: Is a tired arm something that you have to watch out for as an NFL quarterback?
A: If my arm were tired I would tell the coaches and we would adjust. I don't feel like we are overthrowing by any means, and the ball is still coming out fine, so I don't see anything into it.
Q: Why were there so few rushes in the first half?
A: I'm not sure. We weren't getting many first downs, so we were taking what they were giving us. It all depends on what the defense is doing, and they were mixing things up really well. That's not really a question I can answer.

Q: You guys have had deficits in games in the past. At what point do you start to worry if you have enough, as a team, to get out of the hole?
A: We still thought we were in the game. They didn't play great in the first half, but we just made too many mistakes. We had a good drive at the end of the first half and got a field goal, so we felt good going in. We just made too many mistakes and they scored touchdowns off of our turnovers.Q: How does an offense that has been so dynamic get to the point where it is tough to even get a first down?
A: It just happens. A lot of it comes down to what the defenses do. It has happened to us in the past and we have been able to overcome it. Sometimes you have to change some things up and that's what we'll do. We just have to start executing better and everyone is going to have to step up their game.

Q: You have just one touchdown pass in the last month. Have you ever gone through a stretch like this?
A: I'm not sure if I have or not. Obviously, I am just worried about the offense and how we need to improve. There are some good things out there, but the turnovers killed us today. Spotting them a 25-point lead isn't a good situation. They have some good players and had a good scheme today. They prevented us from making any big plays.

Q: Are you concerned that all of a sudden, these two losses will become three or even four?
A: I hope that doesn't happen. We went through a tough stretch last year, but we won games when we had too. We have to do whatever it is to get in the mix and make the playoffs. We still have a lead in the division, and we do have a bye week. We have six games left after the bye and we have to take advantage of those. If we have a winning record down the stretch, then we should be good.

Q: What was Tom Coughlin's message after the game?
A: We have to get better. That wasn't our best effort today.Q: What are some areas in which you could make changes to help your team?
A: That is what we are going to look at this week. We are going to analyze what our tendencies are and what we need to do to make improvements. We can pinpoint some of the problems so we can fix them and move on.

Q: It has been a pretty emotional run the last several games. Do you think this team is emotionally tired?
A: I don't think so. When you are on the outside you don't always see it. Our guys have practiced well this week and have been focused all week. We knew the game-plan, and I don't see this game as being full of mental mistakes. We just didn't catch many breaks and made some mistakes. Those little things prevented us from being our best."


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