Eli Manning On The BucsSeptember 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.