Eli Manning is all for the company line. So when the newest one was made public Wednesday -- "Respect All, Fear None" -- he fell right in line.
In concise language, Manning warned not to underestimate the Dolphins despite their 0-6 record.
"Every game this year going into the fourth quarter they’ve been up some [or] they’ve been down a point or two," Manning said. "They played New England very tight. They were about to score to put it to seven. They don’t score on a fourth-and-one and all of a sudden New England gets a 99-yard touchdown on the next play.
"It’s little things like that that have opened up some games. [Against] the Jets they had great opportunities early on. They just didn’t get some touchdowns. They ended up throwing an interception (that was returned) 100 yards. Little things like that have prevented them from winning some tight games. A lot of them have come down to the wire."
Tom Coughlin will pound that into them for the rest of the week, even as they regain their health. All 53 rostered players practiced for the first time this year Wednesday, with only FB Henry Hynoski being limited. With the return of Justin Tuck and Chris Snee to the defensive and offensive lines, and Brandon Jacobs to the backfield, the Giants should be in good shape to handle the floundering Fins.
But Manning said the Giants shouldn't take any chances with a team that blew a 15-0 lead in the last three minutes to the Broncos last week, only to lose in overtime.
" They’ve played teams tight so we have to expect that. It is going to be a tight game. They are talented," Manning said. "We have to come out expecting to play great from the get-go and finish strong also."
Manning said the bye week should not have hurt the 4-2 NFC East leaders, especially in that it gave the injured a chance to rest.
Meanwhile, there is a question of overlooking the Dolphins in this mega-trap game. With a playmaker like Brandon Marshall going up against Corey Webster, it'll be imperative that Webster keep close coverage on him.
More important, perhaps, is the overall view toward the Dolphins.
"It doesn’t matter who we are playing or what their record is, our next best challenge is the next team on your schedule, no matter what their record is," Webster said. "They haven’t put it together yet but that doesn’t say that they are not going to be prepared and come out here and work hard to put their best foot forward.
"We have to do exactly the same and match their intensity and even be greater at that. We will get the W if we do those things and take care of our business."