Tom Coughlin: Eli Manning ‘what you want a son to be made out of’
Eli Manning reportedly is having a real rough time dealing with the departure of Tom Coughlin. But the former New York Giants head coach wanted to make it abundantly clear that his leaving wasn’t the quarterback’s fault.
With Manning in attendance at Coughlin’s farewell press conference on Tuesday, the 69-year-old ex-coach went out of his way to help assuage any guilt the 35-year-old signal-caller is feeling.
“He thinks he’s the reason,” Coughlin said, pointing out Manning in the crowd, per NJ.com. “He’s not the reason that I’m ….
“Eli, it’s not you. It’s not you. It’s us. We win, we lose together. Remember, when we lose, I lose. When we win, you guys win. That’s the way it is. That’s the game. I know what it is. I got the game. I got it. But what I would tell him is, he’s going to be right back in here in about two days, starting to work on next year. Just like he always does. And that’s never going to change. And God bless him for it.”
Coughlin reportedly closed his comments by pounding the podium with a water bottle he was holding before walking away.
Manning blamed himself and his teammates for Coughlin and the Giants deciding to part ways, saying, “He definitely has not failed these players. We failed him.”
Change of course is coming to the Giants organization and it will be interesting to see how Manning will adjust so late in his NFL career. While he’s seen a lot of changes as it relates to offensive philosophies, etc. during his career, the team will undoubtedly feel a lot different with Coughlin’s unique brand of leadership, even if the Giants decide to tab offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for the job.
Whatever the case, Coughlin made it clear that Manning has what it takes to navigate the changes ahead.
“He can handle it all. He’s done it before, he’ll handle it again,” he said. “He’s extremely bright, he’s extremely competitive. He’s what you want a son to be made out of.”