New York (AP) Tom Cocco, the Giants’ coach, was asked if Eli Manning is worried about the Giants.
“I’m worried about Eli, I don’t think he’s going to be nervous about the rest of us, I’m not,” Coccosaid.
He was then asked if he was worried about how the Giants are getting along with quarterback Eli Manning.
Cocco said: “Yeah.
I think that’s one of the big reasons why you guys are here.
You know, he’s been here for a long time, he knows his stuff.
He knows what he’s doing, I mean he’s an outstanding young quarterback, but he knows how to play the game.”
Coccos’ comments are a huge contrast to the Giants head coaching staff.
After a 4-12 season, Coughlins coach Ben McAdoo was fired after five seasons.
He was replaced by Bill Parcells, who went on to win a Super Bowl and be named head coach of the Falcons in the 2009 season.
Coughalls son, Joe, was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Coughlins comments were the latest in a growing trend of NFL coaches saying things about the quarterback that they wouldn’t normally do, even if it was in a positive light.
In a tweet Sunday morning, former Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden, who coached the team to a Superbowl win in 2014, wrote that the New York Jets are “trying to make the playoffs.”
Cougins comments also could be an example of coaches being honest about what they are thinking about the team.
Coccos words may have been a bit more blunt, as he told ESPN that the Jets “are trying to get the ball out of the backfield.”