Prince Amukamara said he has absolutely no plans to approach Eli Manning this week and ask him the question everyone wants answered: What the heck were you thinking?
"I would never, ever think about doing that," Amukamara said on his weekly WFAN radio spot on Tuesday. "And there are 85 million reasons for that."
That, of course, is a reference to Manning's recently-signed contract extension that makes him the highest-paid Giants player and locks him in as the face of the franchise through 2019. It doesn't make Manning beyond reproach, but it does apparently put him out of the range of criticism from some teammates (even if it is in a joking manor).
"Eli is a smart guy," Amukamara said. "I can't see Eli coming up to me and getting on my case like that unless I'm getting torched and torched and then I'm sure Eli is going to have to talk to me. But Eli is smart, he's been doing this for 12 years, so that's not my job to approach him. There are other guys in his corner who will do that."
Manning said on Monday that he addressed the offensive unit (of which cornerback Amukamara is obviously not a member) and told them the mistakes on the Dallas goal line were his fault. That included losing track of the Cowboys' timeout situation, erroneously telling Rashad Jennings not to score a touchdown if the Cowboys were going to allow him to on the first- and second-and-goal, and then throwing away an incomplete pass instead of taking a sack on third-and-goal from the 1.
Amukamara admitted he was "stunned" when he heard of Manning's instructions for Jennings.
"I haven't been able to ask him about that," he said. "I wasn't in the huddle, I wasn't in that conversation. But yeah, I was pretty shocked. I'm sure if you got told that, you got told that for a reason and it came from higher up. You just have to trust the coaches there."
The problem, though, is that the idea came from Manning and not the sideline. The quarterback acted on his own, and for one of the few times in his NFL career, it was a costly decision.