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Kevin Gilbride: Slow start not affecting Eli Manning's confidence

Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after throwing

Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after throwing an interception to Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware during the first half. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: AP

Eli Manning may not show much outward frustration about his recent rash of interceptions, an astounding seven in the first two games of the season. But offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been Manning's coach long enough to know what he really thinks.

"Does it bother him?" Gilbride asked. "It's killing him."

Manning said he won't let the picks affect his aggressiveness on the field, that he'll continue to take the proper chances. But even Gilbride is worried that at some point the mounting interceptions could affect Manning's confidence.

"If you get too many, does it get to a point where it affects and detracts from your confidence? There's no question," Gilbride said. "I don't care who you are. It does. But if there's ever a guy that you're not going to worry about or will take a long time before that happens, it's him."

 

Identity crisis

When the Giants have been successful, their offensive line has had an identity. Tough. Physical. Disciplined. So far, Tom Coughlin said there hasn't been any identity from the five up front.

"You go anonymous until you make a statement," Coughlin said. "We need a statement."

The Giants are last in the league in rushing and Manning already has been sacked four times. On Sunday, for the first time since the start of the preseason, the Giants will start the same offensive line in consecutive games.

"I think I see us getting a little bit better each week," Coughlin said. "Is that fast enough? Of course not, but I do see progress."

 

Giant steps

Three players have been added to the injury report, the most alarming being CB Corey Webster (hip), who did not practice. TE Adrien Robinson (foot) also didn't practice.

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