Around about the time of Eli Manning's fourth interception against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend the New York Giants' said goodbye to their playoff hopes for the season.
The two-time Super Bowl champ ended up throwing for five picks in the 16-10 defeat as the Giants offense retracted back into a state of disfunction after the progress of recent weeks.
Now, ahead of the franchise's Week 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wasn't scared to single out Eli Manning and his questionable decision making as a major reason for the team's recent set back.
"The decision-making, those type of interceptions, we need to eliminate those," Ben McAdoo on Eli Manning's performance.
"The most important thing from the quarterback position is you need to take care of your decision-making," said McAdoo when reliving the Giants' failed goal-line set in the closing stages of Week 11 - a series that saw them go 0-4 on four pass plays.
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"There are some times when things happen that are out of your control...When your decision making is wrong, those are things that can be prevented.
"There are a couple of those that fell under decision-making...We need to clean those up. But the decision-making, those type of interceptions, we need to eliminate those."
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McAdoo for his part refused to apologize for play calling which saw the team opt for three fade passes in a row on the 49ers four-yard line as they pushed to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Clearly however, in directing the discussion to the decision making of his star quarterback, McAdoo was far from pleased with certain aspects of the play-calling from under center.
Manning has already tied his passing TD total for 2013 (18) with several weeks still to play, and is unlikely to get close to his record 27 interceptions thrown last season even with the five-in-a-game nightmare versus San Francisco.
As such there is certainly progress under new OC Ben McAdoo but as with most things time is required to eradicate mistakes and unfortunately for Eli Manning when those mistakes happen all fingers seem to be pointing his way right now.
What do you think Giants fans? Is Manning and his poor decision making to blame or is he simply lacking the right direction and surrounding talent?
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