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Eli Manning, Shaun O'Hara Interview

Eli Manning tells former teammate that surgery has made him faster because “I can’t get any slower.”

Ex-Giant Shaun O’Hara took the stage to introduce former teammate Eli Manning.

The pair were promoting a recent “FinDD Eli” contest where a lucky fan would get to join Eli in an upcoming Dunkin Donuts commercial.

With Eli’s track record for commercials being arguably as great as his two-time Super Bowl MVP career, that’s quite a prize for DD to be giving away. (“Football Cops”, “Football On Your Phone”)

When O’Hara brought Eli up to the stage for a brief Q&A, Eli’s first question to him was, “How many munchkins did you eat today?” in which O’Hara, without hesitation, answered “27, does that sound familiar?”

A quick dig at Eli’s 27 interceptions in 2013.

Eli took it in stride and got his payback when asked about his ankle surgery. Asked if there were any truth to the rumors that the procedure would actually make Eli faster, he responded, “Yes, definitely, because I can’t get any slower.” He also explained that because he’s a traditional pocket passer, it’s more about elusiveness in the pocket and his ability to slide around tacklers like “after O’Hara would miss his blocking assignments.”

O’Hara 1, Eli 1

Manning made it clear he has no reservations about the ankle at all effecting him in the upcoming season. One he believes will see them back in the playoffs and hopefully winning another championship.

“Last year we got off to such a rough start, but the way the team finished and stuck with each other, we grew up as a team last year. We gotta remember that and bring it into this season to get back to the playoffs and win another championship.”

After just 12 practices at OTA’s, Manning says the team should come into training camp ready to go.

The New Giants Offensive System

“If anyone mastered a new offense in 12 practices, it would be a pretty simple offense.”

This year will be the first that Eli is playing without offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride (retired), who has been replaced with Ben McAdoo.

Ten years in one offensive system certainly allowed Eli to get more and more advanced throughout his career and become a leader for the offense. The biggest change for Manning is the verbiage of the new system. He noted that when making quick decisions, knowing what to yell out to his teammates is key. With Cruz, now the veteran of the receiving corps, it’s easy for the two to communicate with the language they’ve both become accustomed to. Look for this to increase Cruz’s targets in games where adjustments need to be made on the fly.

With so many new guys, they’re all learning this new system and studying together. Old and new players alike have been putting in the work during OTAs to get the team chemistry going and learning each other’s personalities and on-field communication routines.

Manning feels good about where the team is now and knows the preseason games this year will be highly beneficial in solidifying that chemistry.

Potential For The Giants Receivers

The Giants have a lot of new receivers, and offensive players across the board. Along with the new system, that gives potential to see some different faces rise (and fall) to the spotlight.

Manning spoke about his receiving corps:

Rueben Randle

Rueben Randle’s gotta step up and have a great year, and has the potential to do so in his third NFL season. According to Manning, it’s time for Randle to be consistent week in and week out.

Victor Cruz

Manning will continue to look to get to Victor Cruz quickly and let him make plays with the ball.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Rookie Odell Beckham Jr has got a lot of speed and talent. Beckham’s only been out there a few times (sore hamstring), but for a rookie he’s very polished with his route running and his sticks. Manning can see that he was obviously well coached at LSU and in high school.  His knack and feel for getting open, and seeing his bursts and his route running have Eli excited.

Jerrel Jernigan & Mario Manningham

With Jernigan showing some talent last season, and bringing back Super Bowl teammate Manningham after his brief stint with the 49’ers, Eli Manning says the offense has plenty of weapons.

The 2014 season should show the New York Football Giants, when fine-tuned, playing very fast. Manning will be getting the ball out quickly letting the receivers be athletic and make plays.

Going into their eleventh season together, Coach Coughlin still always talks about being a professional and taking care of your business. Everyone knows Coughlin stresses being prepared, and Eli is no different. Sticking to the Coughlin school of work hard, be passionate and dedicated, Eli has clearly left last season in the past and ready to take on 2014 with the clarity and focus that you hear promised in commercials for energy drinks.

Manning is focused on making the players around him the best that they can be, and says he’ll have the offensive team prepared to play every week.

Dunkin Donuts “FinDD Eli” Contest

FinDD Eli event in Ramsey,N.J., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

FinDD Eli winner with Shaun O’Hara and Eli Manning (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

In May, Dunkin’ Donuts launched the “FinDD Eli” on-the-cup promotion, where specially marked medium or large beverage offered guests the chance to “find” the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning via an exciting on-the-cup peel and reveal game and online scavenger hunt.

Thirty-one winners were invited to meet Eli Manning on Thursday, June 19th at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ramsey, NJ, where the ultimate grand prize was announced – the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear alongside New York Giants Superstar QB Eli Manning in an upcoming Dunkin’ Donuts commercial.

After enjoying a Q&A between Eli Manning and his former teammate Shaun O’Hara, the thirty-one attendees each received a sealed envelope. After counting down from the number ten in honor of Manning’s jersey number, the guests all ripped open their envelopes and the grand prize winner was revealed. David Driscoll of Springfield, NJ was the lucky recipient of the “FinDD Eli” cutout, and will be preparing for his television debut in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial with Eli Manning. All attendees received a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, tickets to 2014 New York Giants training camp, and a photograph with Eli Manning.

Eli Manning And I Are Actually Twins

In a non-football related discovery, this was my first time meeting Eli Manning in person.

Most people will say that Eli and Peyton look very similar, which they do. Eli even told a (questionably true) story where he was in a local Dunkin Donuts one morning and some guys in the store were debating with him (not realizing who he was) whether he looked more like Eli Manning or Michael Phelps.

I was as shocked as anyone to find out that Eli Manning and I are actually twins, created from a combination of the greatest men on earth as an experiment a la Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito . Like they say, you learn something new every day.

Eli Manning Twins


With the NFL Draft set to kick off on Thursday night, the Giants must wait for 31 other teams to make their picks before selecting their newest player. Since 2004, the Giants have hit home runs with each of their first round picks. All eight of these players (Eli Manning, Corey Webster, Mathias Kiwanuka, Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks, JPP, and the Prince) have each won at least one Super Bowl championship and have been instrumented to the Giants success. How many other teams can boast such an impressive track record?

The Prince dealt with injuries last year and didn’t make a huge impact, but the raw ability is there and he’ll have this chance to set-up this season after Ross signed with Jacksonville. Outside of the Giants, the Ravens (Michael Oher, Ladarius Webb), Packers (Aaron Rodgers, BJ Raji, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb), and Lions (Matt Stafford, Ndamukong Suh) have posted similiar success, but do not have the depth of talent that the Giants have obtained.

While it’s nearly impossible to predict who the Giants will draft, Mike provided some draft profiles here, here, here, and here. Of note, I really, really Stanford TE, Coby Fleener. Fleener kind of reminds me of Kevin Boss and his production is something the Giants sorely missed last year. However, the Niners pick ahead of the Giants and Jim Harbough recruited Fleener at Stanford. Granted, the Niners have Vernon Davis, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, and Randy Moss but adding Fleener would give Alex Smith another target and blocker.

Ultimately, the Giants will likely stick to their guns and pick their best available player. Don’t be surprised if Jerry Reese drafts another high upside defensive end that turns into an All-Pro in two seasons.

Just like David Tyree, Giant fans will always remember Mario Manningham for his historic catch in the Super Bowl. While Giant fans will enjoy Super Bowl memories for years to come, Manningham will move on and join the San Francisco 49ers. Manningham and the Niners agreed to a two-year deal last weekend, signaling the end to his era in New York. 

The Manningham departure was really no surprise. The Giants have two great wide receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz and a plethora of internal options that will need to step up, just like Cruz did in 2011. Jerrell Jernigan and Ramses Barden will have the first crack to replace Manningham. In addition, the Giants may turn to the NFL Draft to fill the need. 

While the Giants will search for his replacement, Giant fans will always remember Manningham’s superb 2011 post-season. Manningham’s three post-season touchdowns and 39-yard reception Super Bowl reception will go down in Giant lure.  

Last night’s Super Bowl was an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. It had all the makings of an all-time classic. Brady vs. Eli. Belichick vs. Coughlin. Revenge for the Pats. Ascension for Eli. The game was great. When the dust finally settled, the Giants laid claim to a 21-17 victory. 

When looking back at the game, two huge plays stand out and that ultimately shaped the outcome…

Tom is now 1-3 vs. NYG

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Before the regular season even began, football fans heard endless rants about the Philadelphia ‘Dream Team’ and how this team was destined for greatness. The Giants were regarded by many as an outcast team with a lame duck coach and shoddy defense. However, the Giants proved to be the best team in the NFC East, winning nine games, including some big wins against New England, the Jets, and Dallas twice. Even after winning their final two games, the Giants are not receiving the credit they deserve. Every ‘analyst’ and ‘expert’ is predicting that the Packers, Patriots, and Saints are by far the favorites to hoist the Lombari Trophy in Indy. However, here are six reasons why the Giants can win it all..

Deja Vu All Over Again??

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Eli couldn’t convert a fourth down for the third straight time–and that sealed the Giants fate. With 2:00 to go, Eli’s third, fourth down attempt was batted down at the line of scrimmage, sealing the win for the Niners.

The San Francisco 49ers showed America (without Frank Gore) that they are for real with a 27-20 against the Giants. Playing their second straight game without Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and DJ Ware combined for 89 yards on the ground. Eli threw two beautiful touchdown passes to Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. Eli did throw a key interception that turned into seven San Francisco points.

The Giants are still sit atop the NFC East with a 6-3 record, but are starting to feel a little heat by the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys. The Giants and Cowboys haven’t played yet, but I expect a hard fought contest.

The Giants will host the stumbling Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday night at Metlife Stadium. The Giants can put the 3-6 Eagles away for good next weekend.

On the other side of town, the ‘Clueless’ New York Giants have watched Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield and Steve Smith leave via free agency. The Giants have only added center, David Baas from the 49ers to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Losing two of Eli’s favorite receiving weapons and essentially rebuilding the offensive line will leave many key questions on offense. On defense, the Giants haven’t addressed their linebacking core and watched Osi and Prince go down with injuries. 

In my mind, the loss of Kevin Boss is absolutely inexcusable. Boss has averaged 550 yards and 5 TDs over the last two seasons, providing Eli with a great red zone target. The emergence of Hakeem Nicks has definitely helped in the red zone, but Boss drew cover and the Giants will try to replace that production with Travis Beckum, who has 21 career receptions. 

I’m not losing sleep over Steve Smith leaving for Philadelphia. Eli still set career highs in completions and touchdown passes last season with Smith had 48 catches in nine game last year before suffering a knee injury. Expect Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to be key cogs in the passing game with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs sprinkled in. 

The NFC East is going to be one of the toughest divisions in football. The Eagles have reloaded and the Cowboys are finally healthy. Do I think the Giants are a playoff team right now? I don’t, but things happen. If the Giants front seven can finally start playing together, I think they’ll have some success. Will that be enough to compensate for Jerry Reese’s ‘clueless’ off-season? Only time will tell. 

As the Draft inches closer, speculation grows as to where certain prospects will land. Let’s take a deeper look at the Giants’ drafts over the past decade, and see if we can spot any trends or habits.
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Put the coroner on speed dial, Dallas’ Super Bowl hopes are flatlining. And you can thank the Giants.


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The G-Men survived to win their third straight game, in which they looked unimpressive at times but found ways to win. Eleven penalties committed by the Lions helped a lot, as did the three turnovers our defense forced.

The Lions lost their 24th straight road game, amazingly tying the NFL record they set from 2001-03. Somebody help them out…

It was a lot closer than we would have liked. But as they say, a win is a win. I’ll take a 4-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC right now any week.

Don't Reach; Getty Images

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