DeAngelo Hall is not a quarterback, and Eli Manning is not a rocket scientist. That much was clear Wednesday when the former Pro Bowl cornerback and the reigning Super Bowl MVP traded barbs while continuing the post-mortem of Manning’s 77-yard touchdown pass that lifted the New York Giants to a 27-23 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
For now, Washington’s defensive backs are talking about the play and how to stop this trend of giving up big plays.
Cruz ran past cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams, who were in double coverage. Cruz caught quarterback Manning’s throw 2 yards past Wilson and 3 past Williams, and he ran for the touchdown.
Manning “ultimately made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play; I feel like we gave them that play,” Hall said. “That was nothing he did — aw man, he saw this and saw that — we just had one guy set his feet, one guy not do this and, man, I could have threw that ball and he could have scored.”
Manning said after the game that Cruz made an adjustment based on what he saw when the Redskins used the same coverage during a two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Cruz recognized the double team and knew the best way to beat a double team is to run past it.
Hall on Wednesday didn’t consider Manning’s read a stroke of brilliance because the blown coverage didn’t require much deduction.
“It wasn’t something he was just a rocket scientist and he just figured out,” Hall said. “We just played that as bad as possible.”
“I appreciate him giving it to me,” Manning deadpanned for Giants media, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “Thank you. No, I didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out, either. We had a guy running open and you hit him.”
“If that’s the way they want to put it in their heads, then that is fine,” Manning continued, according to the The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. “But the fact is, that was the coverage. If they messed up, that is what you’ve got to do as an offense. You’ve got to take advantage of it. If a team wants to give up some plays, or they don’t want to play well on a certain day, it is our job to play better and make the plays and take advantage of that opportunity.”
And so the analysis and re-analysis of the play continued.View Entire Story
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