Just a quick post-game blog to sum up Tom Coughlin's comments right after Victor Cruz caught three touchdown passes and grabbed six passes for 145 yards in the Giants' 31-16 win over the Jets.
On Eli Manning's injury, Coughlin said he'd have to wait and see if there is any swelling before Manning can get back to practice. If there is no swelling, he should be able to practice and play next week. Coughlin said the reason the injury happened was actually Manning's fault, as he attempted to throw a fade after calling a run and failing to call any adjustment. The line blocked for a Brandon Jacobs run up the middle, a middle burst as Coughlin called it, and Jacobs expected to get the ball. Instead, he collided with his quarterback. "I'm surprised the helmet flew off so fast," Coughlin said. "He's got four posts there (for the chinstrap). The nature of the play itself, it never should have happened."
Coughlin said he was surprised to see the extent of the blood flow from the three-inch gash. Doctors needed 12 stitches to close it. "His pants and shirt were bloody, so it squirted," Coughlin said.
Coughlin also said the defense had some communication problems on the Jets' first touchdown, the uncontested four-yard pass to Brad Smith. "It was a botched play," Coughlin said, adding that Smith went uncovered as a cornerback tried to get on the field. "At first, we had 12 men, then we had 10. I wanted the cornerback over the receiver and the other 10 on the line, but the corner was never able to get out there. It was a botched play."