NEW YORK GIANTS QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING JOINS VIA SATELLITE
NEW YORK (Nov. 9, 2011) –On this week’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning joins Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth via satellite and talks about his performance so far this season, as well as the playful words his brother, Peyton Manning, and Simms have exchanged in the media. Host James Brown, Simms, Collinsworth and Warren Sapp discuss last weekend’s somewhat-surprising victories by the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Plus, Inside the NFL breaks down the success the Cincinnati Bengals have had this year. The episode premieres tonight, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
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Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
Discussing the New York Giants and the New York Jets…
SAPP: I love the (New York) Giants. They can rush the passer, they have an elite quarterback in Eli Manning, and they can go up and down the field. They have just got to get that running game because late in the year you’re going to need to turn around and hand that ball off to take that pressure off Eli.
COLLINSWORTH: Both of these teams (New York Giants and New York Jets) are built for the weather to get worse, too. As the wind and the rain and the snow and all that stuff kicks up, these are two of the old school kind of teams. You end up with a football team like the New York Jets, now. Now the pressure is off Mark Sanchez. They are going back to Rex Ryan football. I thought they looked more like the Jets this past weekend than they had at any point in time…The bullies are back.
Discussing the success the Cincinnati Bengals have had this season…
COLLINSWORTH: I know we are going to talk about Mike Zimmer here eventually and the defense. And that’s really where it should start, but it’s not happening without Andy Dalton and AJ Green on the offensive side. Andy Dalton, when you watch him, here’s a young man. Think about this now, drafted, new offensive coordinator coming in there in Jay Gruden, learning a new system, no off-season, no training camp to speak of, and they are 6-2 with a team of complete changeover. When you watch this young man play, Andy Dalton, he has one of the quickest releases that you are going to see. Now he may not have John Elway’s arm, he may not throw it 70 yards down the field, but he sees it and gets it out of his hand with, I’m telling you, just about anybody playing the game right now, which is the reason they are having success.
SIMMS: They are building an offense through him (Dalton). Here it is, they are starting with him and it’s going to be his thing as they go along, which they knew they were going to do with a young quarterback because they believed Carson Palmer wasn’t going to be back… It’s the freshness. All the issues are gone. We’re all in it together. Marvin Lewis has control of the football team for a change. So the leader, there is one message, there’s not four. Because we all know there can only be one message in a company, especially a football team that’s so complicated. And Marvin Lewis, I give him all the credit.
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