Giants' Manning has no problem with coach's criticism

Ben Mc Adoo said he's still deciding if he'll give Mike Sullivan a shot

Ben Mc Adoo said he's still deciding if he'll give Mike Sullivan a shot

Giants coach Ben McAdoo blamed Manning for taking a delay-of-game penalty on a critical fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line against the Detroit Lions on Monday.

"It's part of being in the NFL", Manning said. The coach called Manning's play "sloppy". "So, that's just part of it".

After the loss Monday night, he did so again, reiterating his usual "I have to play better" speech to almost every question he received from the media about his and the offense's performance in the losing effort. During his weekly WFAN radio spot, Manning took the blame for not getting the ball snapped and, as leader of the offense, accepted the head coach's criticism.

"Coach McAdoo and I have a great relationship".

"Did I single him out?" he asked.

"I enjoy being coached, if I screw something up, let me know."
"I can make some plays, I can do some things better, for sure". While his likely intentions are noble - he pushes those players he believes can handle it while coddling those who might need added reinforcement to not lose confidence - this is the National Football League, not Pop Warner, and too much pushing and prodding of an accomplished player like Manning could open bigger problems among the team if McAdoo isn't careful with his public criticisms.

Manning agreed that McAdoo was probably more direct about his performance because he knew he could take it. "So Coach McAdoo and I are on the same page and anything he says - whether it's to the media, to me, to the team - it's all for the better of the team and I'm okay with it". You can take pretty much whatever they throw at you.

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