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Miscommunication between Eli Manning, Rueben Randle irks Tom Coughlin

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the Giants reacts

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the Giants reacts during a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tom Coughlin's threshold for suffering ill-aligned plays between Eli Manning and Rueben Randle apparently has been met.

"I thought the worst play of the night was, again, the miscommunication between Rueben Randle and Eli," Coughlin said after Thursday night's 16-13 win over the Patriots at MetLife Stadium. " 'I thought, he thought . . . ' Everybody in this room is tired of hearing that kind of stuff. There's no place for that."

The play that apparently pushed Coughlin over the edge was the third-and-3 incompletion that ended the first drive of the night. Manning threw the ball as if he thought Randle's route was going to be about two or three yards deeper, and when the receiver hooked around, all he could do was watch the ball whiz past him out of reach.

"It was the right route," Randle said. "It just wasn't timed well. I guess he was expecting me to run it quicker since it was press. We'll take a look at it on film tomorrow and see what we can change and make sure we can get that next time around."

Next time, of course, it will count.

"I'm pretty sure with something simple like that, we can get it fixed in no time," Randle said. "It's not that big of a deal."

The problem is that it hasn't already been fixed. Miscommunication between those two players was a major issue last season, and even before Thursday night, it had become one again.

Last week they seemed to hurdle the problem on Manning's only touchdown pass of the preseason, but this week it was back.

As for Coughlin's lost patience in such plays, Randle said he understands. Somewhat.

"I don't know if it's a sign of frustration, but we have to start clicking on those plays," Randle said. "Especially with the season starting next week. I'm definitely confident in the situation."

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