Giants QB Eli Manning said he can handle the criticism from head coach Ben McAdoo.
"Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism," Manning said during an appearance on WFAN. "Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it."
McAdoo placed the bame squarely on Manning for the delay of game penalty the team took when they were going for it on 4th-and-goal at the Lions' 2-yard line with roughly five minutes left in the third quarter.
"Sloppy quarterback play," McAdoo said after the game. "Quarterback and center need to be on the same page there. We need to get the ball snapped."
With the Giants trailing, 17-7, Manning changed the play at the line of scrimmage but was unable to get the play off.
The penalty resulted in the Giants kicking a field goal that cut Detroit's lead to 17-10.
McAdoo could've called timeout but elected not to.
"Because we have a veteran quarterback who has played a lot of football and I expect us to get the ball snapped," McAdoo said. "Usually the clock goes from 3-2-1-0. Once it hits zero [the officials] look at the ball and look at the clock, usually it has to tick once it hits zero to get the ball snapped without it being a delay of game. I thought we had a chance to get it off."
Manning took all the blame postgame.
"I've got to call a timeout or get it snapped, Manning said. "Any time there's a delay of game, it's on the quarterback and can't afford it right there."
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Forget whether or not the Giants should have gone for it on fourth down. This is a communication issue between head coach and quarterback.
It was apparent that Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants team was looking toward the sideline to see what McAdoo wanted to do in the situation. By the time McAdoo decided to go for it, Manning had about twenty seconds to get the team in the huddle, call the play, and make his read on the blitz package coming for him. That is asking a lot even with Manning being a veteran quarterback.
However, I'm not letting Manning off the hook. He could not have been closer to the giant play clock ticking down behind the goal post. But he was too worried with the Lions who were primed to disrupt his play yet again. You can't blame the man for not wanting to get hurried or knocked down again with the way the Lions were treating him from the start of the game. But that added attention when it wasn't necessarily needed with your offense two yards from making it a three-point ballgame is just bad play.
But, at the end of the day, the coach who made the late call and the quarterback who wasn't aware of the situation could each call a timeout if they so pleased. Who's fault is it? That's up for your interpretation. But, McAdoo, don't call out your quarterback for something that was your fault too.