Eli Manning On The Bucs

September 16th, 2012

Last week, Giants two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning had a conference call with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, and Joe jotted down some of the highlights of the conversation. Among them were Manning’s experience with current Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, what he expects from the Bucs today, and his relationship with Josh Freeman.

On preparing for the Bucs with the new, somewhat unknown philosophies of Greg Schiano.

It’s the same challenge they have also, we know their offense well and they are running same offense or similar. Still, football is a matter of just going out and executing. They don’t know what play we are running. Just see their style of defense and make adjustments. It’s how we perform and how we execute. That’s the big thing.

What he learned from Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who was his position coach with the Giants.

Make good decisions and play wisely. Have a plan and an idea and trust your instincts.

On the Giants laying an egg to open the season against the Cowboys

What we brought to the table Wednesday night was not good enough.

On what he expects from the Bucs defense.

Very fast on defense, quick, moving around. Pretty good bit of man coverage and they trust their corners. But I am sure they will throw some wrinkles at us.

On Josh Freeman touching base with him after Sullivan was hired as the Bucs offensive coordinator and what he told Freeman about Sullivan.

He did reach out and we talked and I told him a little bit about Coach Sullivan, I think very highly of Coach Sullivan. We had a great relationship, we worked hard together. We had a great plan each week, great preparation, and great study. I know [Freeman] was looking forward to working with him.

On what he sees in Freeman the times he has watched the Bucs.

He seems like a hard worker, a guy who prepares; he gets everything lined up, changes protections, makes all the throws, moves around the pocket and extends plays.

7 Responses to “Eli Manning On The Bucs”

  1. stimpy Says:

    I want to see Free MAKE the throws he needs to make. I want to see VJack MAKE the catches he needs to make. I want sound execution and i want our guys to win the one-on-one match-ups. I want PERFECT protection from the OL.

    I dont need sacks. I need preasure and timing disruption on Ely.

    Do this and we have a chance.

  2. stimpy Says:

    Also, it does not hurt to keep Ely on the bench…

  3. Jose Negron Says:

    Don’t worry people, our coaching staff, and our Bucs will know what to do, I trust them (as a die hard Buccaneers Fan), and you all should too, if you really are a Bucs fan. Enough said.

  4. teacherman777 Says:

    Josh Freeman is my Leader.

    I am sticking with him!

    He has what it takes to be a champion!

    Heart, soul, and determination!

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  6. Paul Says:

    “We know their offense well and they are running same offense or similar”

    Cool that he thinks that, but Sullivan didn’t make the Bucs playbook. It was done from scratch by Schiano, Davis, Sullivan and other coordinators. From a Schiano video I saw a ways back.

  7. Paul Says:

    I guess pound the football is the same offense as the Giants…Eli sounds unprepared.