FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Last January New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck called the Atlanta Falcons' offensive linemen "dirtbags."
Earlier this season, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith "gets away with murder."
Last week, Giants punter Steve Weatherford suggested that suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton might be communicating with his players, saying, "Of course he will get his message to them somehow."
Sense a pattern?
Giants quarterback Eli Manning doesn't.
"I'm unaware of anything that was said by Weatherford," he told Atlanta media members in a conference call on Wednesday, even though the story caused a bit of buzz. "Vaguely, I recall something being said in the playoffs last year about that, but I don't think we've said anything inappropriate or anything we have to worry about right now."
Yes, right now, the Giants do have other things to worry about. The defending Super Bowl champions are 8-5 and hanging o...