Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants watches from the sideline during NFL action against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
“We’re going to win again with Eli.’’ Proclamations from head coaches do not come more defiant and definitive than those words Giants coach Tom Coughlin delivered Thursday in the wake of Eli Manning’s colossal struggles and with questions now surfacing about whether he should be benched with his confidence seemingly shattered. This was not exactly a whisper becoming a scream but on Wednesday during a conference call with Minnesota media Coughlin was asked the inevitable question that comes to head coaches of teams struggling as badly as the 0-6 Giants are: “Have you considered benching Eli?’’ “I believe I said ‘If I heard you correctly no’ ’’ Coughlin said Thursday recounting the conversation. “He’s the guy’’ Coughlin said. “We’re going to win again with Eli.’’ We are presuming Coughlin did not mean the Giants are merely going to win a few more games this season with Manning than the zero they have now beginning with Monday night’s game against the 1-4 Vikings at MetLife Stadium. We are presuming Coughlin meant the Giants are going to be winners again with Manning at quarterback the way they were during the 2007 and 2011 seasons that ended with Super Bowl parades down Broadway. The reality for Coughlin is his head coaching future — however much time remains of it — is tied to Manning’s success. Coughlin who will be 68 next season while in the final year of his contract is inextricably tied to Manning for as long as he continues coaching because the chances of him being the head coach to groom the next Giants franchise quarterback are as good as him benching Manning. Coughlin has lived with Manning and celebrated two Super Bowl titles with him and even if Manning somehow never recovers from this inexplicable slump he is in this year Coughlin’s coaching career will end with Manning.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed

The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?

Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Will Perriman help Ravens find elusive WR success?

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

Five MLB players with a lot to lose down the stretch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Bruce Arians on sideline video use: 'It helps bad coaches'

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

Can Perriman's return help Ravens find oft-elusive WR success?

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker