The Vikings will have their third different starting quarterback in a four-game span when Josh Freeman plays against the Giants on Monday night. But what about the Giants?
Tom Coughlin was asked the question nobody in New York (except for maybe backup quarterbacks Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib) has even considered while on a conference call with the Minnesota media yesterday, and it was such a shock to him that he had to make sure he understood it properly. Given the troubles that Eli Manning has been having, with a league-high 15 interceptions, is there any chance he gets benched?
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"If I hear you right," Coughlin said, "that hasn't crossed my mind at all."
As for Manning, he said that he hasn't considered the possibility either. But he did say he has spoken to a quarterback at the other end of the excellence range this season for advice on his struggles.
"I've talked to Peyton, yeah," Manning said on a conference call, referring to his big brother. "He's been supportive, just saying keep grinding . . . It's tough winning in the NFL and obviously this can happen. You've got to just dig your way out of it."
The Giants have the most turnovers in the NFL with 22, and Jared Allen and the Vikings would like to add to that number. "When a team is turning the ball over -- we went through it last year for a spurt -- it can be one of those things that can be like a domino effect and it keeps happening," the Vikings defensive end said. "Anytime a team is struggling, you want to put them in situations to remind them of their struggles."
However, Allen did say that there is a difference between trying to force takeaways and just waiting for them to happen.
"If you go into a game thinking you're going to force them to turn the ball over, you're going to get drummed," he said. "You have to get them in situations to force bad throws, to be able to put pressure on them."
President Barack Obama closed his interview with Diana Williams of Ch. 7 News Wednesday by saying: "Tell everyone back in New York, including Giants fans, it's going to be OK." . . . Coughlin said some of the Giants' troubles might be traced to a lack of participation in offseason workouts. "There's some growing pains here with some different people involved and some people we didn't get from the offseason that we would have hoped," he said.