Mario Manningham believes he can help the 49ers this week by supplying information about the intricacies of the Giants’ offense and defense to his new team. The Giants don’t think he’ll be able to.
“I don’t know what they can give up,” Antrel Rolle said (the they representing Manningham and Brandon Jacobs). “They can’t give up too much on our defense. It doesn’t matter if they do or they don’t, the game still has to be played on Sunday.”
Justin Tuck said the idea of a player passing along information to his new team is overrated.
“A lot of times when that happens, the new team is trying to figure out all these secrets and all that and they forget to do what they do and it hurts them,” Tuck said. “In our case, it has hurt us in those situations. So I hope the 49ers focus on what Mario and Jacobs knows about our offense. I hope that is what they focus on.”
Still, Manningham seemed to think he has the Rosetta Stone to the Giants’ offense.
“No question, no question,” he said. “I talked to the DBs and talked to my teammates, and stuff. Let them know, to give them heads up, what’s going to happen here, things like that.”
And can he tell them what Eli Manning is thinking?
“Oh, yeah,” Manningham said. “I know. I know what’s going on. I share it with them.”
Manning and the Giants might find that laughable, especially since Manningham seemed to have trouble grasping the Giants’ offense when he played here for four years, but they were polite enough to suppress their chuckles.
“I think we’ll be all right,” Manning said. “Everybody always talks a little bit, but they’re not going to know what plays we’re running, or what we’re doing. So, I think we’ll be in good shape.”