Bears’ plan of attack for Eli Manning
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter October 10, 2013 10:22AM
The New York Giants’ offense might be an injury-plagued, turnover-stricken unit — which is a big reason the team is 0-5 — but the Bears say they still see a threat.
It starts with quarterback Eli Manning.
“They’ve got a future Hall of Fame quarterback that’s got a couple of Super Bowls,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said.
Manning has been horrendous this season. He’s completing only 53.7 percent of his passes with 12 interceptions and a 65.8 passer rating.
Tucker said the Giants have “playmakers all over the field,” especially wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
Tucker said the key is eliminating big plays.
“These guys take more shots down the field than almost anybody in the NFL,” he said. “They’re in the top of the league in air yards and shots down the field. So that’s big.”
Tucker described Manning as a “fierce competitor.”
“There’s not a whole heck of a lot you can throw at him that he hasn’t seen,” Tucker said. “He’s got good firepower around him — backs, receivers and tight ends that are a dangerous group.
“We’re going to have to play as a team, work hard to fit the run [and] in the pass game, keep everything in front [and] not give up the big play. When we get a chance to get off the field on third down, we’ve got to do that so we don’t expose ourselves to more plays.”
— Adam L. Jahns