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Cinema 101 with Prof. Manning

Oheka Castle in Huntington was the setting for

Oheka Castle in Huntington was the setting for the fictional estate Xanadu in the classic film "Citizen Kane" (1941). Photo Credit: Film Forum

We had interviews with the position coaches today, and one of the more interesting was Mike Sullivan, who spoke about Eli Manning’s meetings during the week.

You may remember against the Texans when Eli threw a TD pass to Hakeem Nicks and they spoke about how they had seen a safety tendency during independent film study that allowed them to adjust a play on the fly and exploit it. Well, Sullivan said that every week Eli Manning not only holds a meeting with the running backs (on Thursdays) and the receivers (on Fridays), he also does all of the prep work himself.

“This is something that Eli puts together, something that he orchestrates to go over some of the key issues and things that schematically will be very important,” Sullivan said. “It’s something that he’s established. He plans, prepares and executes it. He’s in charge of that.”

To the point where Manning actually cuts up his own film to show the other players in these meetings. There are enough staffers in the building to do just about anything any of the players wants done, so the fact that Manning sits there and doesn't just study but pieces together frames of game film for upcoming meetings is pretty remarkable.

“I would imagine it’s part of the work that he does on Tuesdays,” Sullivan said of Manning’s Scorsese itch. “There is a great deal of time and effort that he puts into his preparation which is far beyond our normal meetings. He’s got a pretty good feel for a lot of things … He’s been excellent.”


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