Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks to the sidelines after throwing...

Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks to the sidelines after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Oct. 6, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tom Coughlin wanted us to stop maligning his quarterback. But one of Eli Manning’s predecessors says sorry, that’s part of the deal.

“You always have to give a lot of the blame to the quarterback, especially when you’re throwing interceptions at the numbers that he has,” said Phil Simms on this evening’s broadcast of “NFL Monday QB” on CBS Sports Network. “All quarterbacks know this situation.”

Simms suggested that Manning needs to take a different approach to the tee box, er, to the football field.

“It’s hard to dial back,” he said. “You’re so used to having success being an aggressive player. You’re used to standing up there and hitting the driver on every Par 4 and hitting it down the middle. Well, now you have the hooks. So when you start hitting it offline, you have to pull back and play a different football game. You have to be much more conservative because that’s good for you, but more importantly it is good for your team. That’s what they mean when they talk about managing the team. That’s what you have to do as a quarterback.”

Simms wasn’t the only former quarterback to break down the 0-5 Giants qand find Manning atthe bottom of it all on the program. Rich Gannon took a turn as well.

“I don’t even recognize this operation right now, that’s how bad the Giants are,” he said. “They’re not good enough to be able to absorb these self-inflicted wounds that keep creeping into their game each week. It’s the penalties, the missed assignments, the mental errors. And of course the turnovers – 14 of them coming from their signal caller, Eli Manning. He is not playing very well right now.”

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