Eli Manning says his arm isn’t tired, but he may be growing weary of answering questions about it.
Speculation arose last week that Manning’s throws have lacked zip and it could be because of a tired arm which would explain the sudden drop in offensive production. But Manning said he feels fine and dismissed those claims.
“No one is watching me practice,” Manning said. “I thought I had good velocity (Sunday), I threw the ball well.”
Those who actually are watching Manning practicing come away with the same conclusion as he has.
“I haven’t seen that,” quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said of any change in Manning’s throwing velocity.
“I don’t think that’s a problem at all,” offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. “I haven’t seen a deadening of the arm.”
Tom Coughlin even went so far as to point to some of Manning’s passes on Sunday as a sign that the quarterback is close to getting back on track.
“I thought he threw the ball better and many times (Sunday) he zinged it in there,” Coughlin said. “(He) had the ball down the seam to Victor that should have been a touchdown.”
Still, no one denies that a rest during the bye will do Manning some good.
“I think anytime, after however long we’ve been going straight here, since July 28, I think everybody benefits from a little bit of rest,” Ryan said. “Sure, it could definitely help, no question.”
Manning admitted that the team has been through some trying times, even twice making reference to having to play through the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy which left players without power and at least one of them without a home.
“We’ve had a hectic schedule these last few weeks with a lot going on in this area, so I think it’ll be good just to get the guys to be able to relax a little bit.
“I think just getting a little rest, just getting away from things a little bit, 10 games in everybody is going to be tired. That’s just part of football. It’s good now that we have a week off. We have a six-week season and we’ll be refreshed and ready to play our best football.”