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Eli Manning Says His Success Against the Rams is “A Coincidence"

New York Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin and Quarterback Eli Manning fielded questions from the media on Wednesday about their Week 16 matchup against the St. Louis Rams...

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Tom Coughlin - Conference Call - Dec. 17, 2014

(On if the Giants defensive pressure can disrupt the Rams’ offense)
"I just hope we can continue to put pressure on the quarterback. That’s what the Rams do and that’s we’re going to have to do."

(On if the thought of him not returning as the Giants head coach next season has affected his day-to-day job)
"No, I don’t think about it at all. I focus on my team and trying to be the very best that we can be and making sure that we all combine to make a great effort. That’s where my thoughts go."

(On rookie Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.)
"He’s a good player. He’s smart. He retains information well. He’s caught the ball very well. He’s been moved around in a lot of places and he handled that very well. He does love to play and compete. He’s a very good player and a good contributor. We’re looking forward to his continued improvement."

(On if they have changed the offense to get Beckham Jr. the ball more)
"Well that goes down pretty much on a weekly basis. Your attempts to adjust to and utilize those that can be most effective."

(On his with relationship with Giants QB Eli Manning)
"Well, Eli’s a guy that works his tail off. He always has. He loves to play. He loves to compete and this is very, very important to him. He’s all that you would like to have in any young man in terms of his work ethic and his focus and his desire to be the best that he can be. Over the course of the time that he’s been our quarterback here, of course we’ve been to the top of the mountain a couple of times. Not real happy with where we’ve been the last couple of years and he joins me in that belief, the idea that it’s not any fun unless you’re really involved and you’re right there at the end with a chance to make something happen. We’re all working towards that end."

(On Manning’s adjustment to the new offense)
"Very, very well."

(On what challenges the Rams’ defense presents)
"Well, I know they’re aggressive. (Defensive Coordinator) Gregg Williams’ aggressive by nature. This is the way they’ve always coached and it’s obvious on tape that hasn’t changed. They show a lot of diversity of looks and different kinds of pressures. They play well together. They’re physical. They’ve collected some very good football players."

(On what challenges the Rams’ offense presents)
"Offensively, they’ve got a number of skill players, guys that can put the ball in the end zone at any time. They’ve started to really assemble a very good offensive line, as well. Anytime that you’ve got a (OL) Greg Robinson. You have from a skill standpoint (WR) Kenny Britt, (WR) Tavon Austin’s done a lot of things for the offense and for special teams. I like the young running back (Tre) Mason. I think, even when (RB Benny) Cunningham comes in on third down he gives a little something else there. (TE) Jared Cook leading the team in receptions as a tight end, vertical threat as well. They’ve done a nice job and you’ve got to take your hat off to (QB) Shaun Hill, a veteran who’s been around for a long time that’s really taken this offense and engineered it and done a good job of that."

Eli Manning - Conference Call - Dec. 17, 2014

(On Beckham’s skill set)
"Odell, he’s been impressive. He’s worked extremely hard considering how much time he missed, missing all of spring, missing all of training camp the first four weeks of the season. Since he’s been healthy we kind of slowly threw things at him and made sure we’re not overloading where he could do just a few things well. He’s picked things up quickly and now trying to move him around and get him different spots. He’s got good grasp of the offense and grasp of concepts instead of just what your route is. He’s a playmaker. He’s exciting when he gets the ball in his hands. He’s been a good addition for us."

(On what potential he sees in Beckham)
"Yeah, I see a lot of potential. He’s come in and made a lot of plays. He’s got the big play potential. He catches the ball very naturally. He’s got great speed and burst. I think you put that with his…he’s got a good work ethic. Hopefully he can stay healthy and just keep working and keep getting better. I think he has that mentality."

(On the Rams’ defense)
"They’re just not giving up many big plays. They’re getting great pressure on the quarterback. Teams aren’t running the ball well against them. They’re playing fast and aggressive. It seems like they’ve got a great feel for what they’re doing, their assignments and they’re really just playing at a high speed and playing really well."

(On what he’s sees from the Rams’ young secondary)
"I think they’re playing aggressive. They know their assignments. They have a good feel for what teams are trying to do and trying to take away some of their key routes. I feel like they tackle well. They get their hands on balls and they’re doing a good job."

(On if he feels extra offensive pressure to produce touchdowns against the Rams who haven’t allowed a touchdown in past three games)
"(laughs) I don’t think it puts extra pressure. I think we’re going to try and have a great game plan and just try and move the ball. Try to get into the redzone and see once we get down there, see if we can finish a drive and get some good plays versus their defense. Need someone to step up and make a big play for us."

(On his success against the Rams)
"No. I think it’s a coincidence. Obviously they’ve got different coaches and different schemes over the years. I know they’re playing good football right now with (Defensive Coordinator) Gregg Williams and (Head) Coach (Jeff) Fisher so they’ve got a good squad and good coaches. It’s been a few years since I’ve made it to St. Louis and played. Hopefully we go in there and have a good game plan and execute it well."