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Eli Manning Wants Plaxico Back

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Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: one way the Giants could avoid shooting themselves in the foot.


Eli Manning joined ESPN Radio New York with The Michael Kay Show to discuss what he thought about the whole Jay Cutler saga, if he believe the NFL will have a season next year, what he thought about Cromartie's comments, if this was his toughest season yet and if he'd want to play with Plaxico Burress again when he gets out of jail.

Why so many players came down on Jay Cutler:
"I think it just looked kinda weird on TV. I was watching and it just kinda looked bizarre. The only thing I could think of was something had to be wrong. He must've just got hit and honestly just couldn't play. That's the only thing I could think of. The whole tweet thing, that kinda bothered me more than what happened in the game with Jay Cutler. If you're at home, watching the game, and you're an NFL player, you shouldn't be allowed to tweet on anyone's performance."


More on players who shouldn't tweet about other players:
"It's the media's job, it's the fan's job. They can say whatever they want and do whatever they want. As a player, that's not your responsibility to comment and to give your opinion on another player. As a quarterback, I don't want another quarterback tweeting about my performance or judging me in that way."

If he has any kind of feeling on whether there will be a start to the season:
"I just hope it happens. I'm just trying to stay positive about it and work out and get ready. I don't know if this deal will get done by early March when our agreement runs up, but maybe it's just a gut feeling, I've just got to believe we're going to have a season next year. The NFL is too strong right now. … I've just got to believe we've got to work out something to ensure that we're playing next year."

On Antonio Cromartie's comments that both sides are wrong:
"I think that's kind of the mindset in a way. We've got a great thing going and I think that's kind of how the players at least think. We've got a great thing going and we're happy, kind of, with how things are, for the most part. It shouldn't be hard to figure out a happy medium for both sides."

Would he want to be teammates with Plaxico Burress again:
"I think the Giants will look hard into that. I think they know what kind of player he is. Obviously he knows our system. It hasn't changed. … If he proves that he's kind of changed his life and shows he's committed to the Giants … I think if that's what the Giants feel, I know what kind of player he can be and we already have a great corps of receivers right now. … To throw him into the mix would be a good thing."


If this was his toughest season to endure yet:
"It was different having some guys out and having Steve Smith out for a number of games and losing Hakeem for a number of games and bringing a guy kind of off the streets to be your receiver. … But a lot of those games we won. … I thought we were stronger, mentally, to handle [that]."

This post, written by Eric Schmoldt, appears courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews. For the complete highlights of the interview, as well as audio, click here.


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