Manning On WFAN: 'Everyone Has Their Part In This Loss'

QB Says O-Line Not Entirely To Blame For Defeat

Mike's On
September 17, 2018 - 6:34 pm
Damien Wilson causes a fumble on a sack of Eli Manning in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium.

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The Giants have gotten their 2018 season off to an 0-2 start, the fifth time in the last six years that the team has opened up the regular season with two losses.

While Week 1 was a close battle against a talented Jaguars team that came a few minutes short of reaching the Super Bowl last year, the same cannot be said about the team's loss in Week 2. 

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Playing in the national spotlight on Sunday Night Football, the Giants were grossly outplayed by the Dallas Cowboys. The offensive line allowed six sacks of QB Eli Manning, along with an additional eight QB hits, and were unable to open up any holes for rookie RB Saquon Barkley in the running game.

Manning joined Mike's On Monday and made it clear that despite the offensive line performing poorly, the entire team is to blame for Sunday night's rough loss.

"I think that's kind of the way it goes sometimes," Manning said on the criticism the team's offensive line has received. "When you see six sacks, the offensive line usually gets the blunt of that blame, and that's not necessarily the case. The team knows, when you watch the film, there's other people involved. It's backs, it's receivers, it's tight ends, quarterback and making calls... It's a combination obviously. Everyone has their part in that.

"We can definitely play better, and that starts at me. But at all positions, everyone's got to step up and be a little bit better. That's kind of what happens when you have not a young team but a new team and a new system. Sometimes there will be some growing pains. But I think we have good character guys, we have good talent... We need to fix some things and we'll be in better shape. "

It's no secret that New York's offensive line was one of the team's most glaring weaknesses last season. General manager Dave Gettleman revamped the entire unit during the offseason, returning zero of the same starters, in the same position, as last year's o-line in the season opener. 

LT Nate Solder was pryed away from New England, while G Patrick Omameh was signed from the Jaguars. The team also spent its early second round pick on G Will Hernandez.

Those three men were supposed to lead the Giants' new-look offensive line. While the unit has undoubtedly struggled in the first two games of the season, Manning believes the line is just going through some growing pains as they learn to play alongside each other.

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"Everyone has their part in this loss. Everybody's involved," Manning told Mike Francesa. "Yeah there were some things the offensive line could have done better. That's part of football. It's about learning from it though. It's not about getting down or pointing the finger... It's about everyone being responsible for their mistakes, everybody owning up to them and making the decision to fix it, not let it happen again, grow from it and learn from it. When you have some young players and some new guys in the system, unfortunately that happens and we just can't repeat them."

The offensive line was clearly off to a rocky start in Dallas Sunday night. But things took a turn for the worse midway through the third quarter when a pile of players fell on the back of starting center Jon Halapio's leg.

Halapio has since been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and leg, and will miss the remainder of the season. It's a tough blow to a unit that could use all of the help it can get at this point.

With Halapio out, John Greco, who played the final quarter and a half Sunday, is expected to fill in as the team's starting center. 

"Obviously it's an adjustment. Jon's a good player," Manning said on the team turning from Halapio to Greco at center. "I spent all of training camp with him. It's unfortunate to have him injured. But John Greco stepped in during the game and played well. He's a guy that's been around, knows the system. I think he's a good leader. I've gotten reps with him under center... I thought he handled the situation well last night, and he'll be prepared and ready to go. So it shouldn't be a big adjustment."