National Football League ironmen Philip Rivers and Eli Manning put durability on display


I don't think we're executing the way we can at a high level. Jones likely will start this Sunday's home game against the Los Angeles Chargers if Richburg remains sidelined.

The Chargers are 0-4 after their narrow 26-24 loss to the Eagles last week.

On the other hand, it is confounding how McAdoo can be so defensive of an offense that failed to score 20 points in eight straight games through Week 2 of this season.

The good news for the Chargers and the Giants is at least one team won't lose this game. You really want to build a culture of that.

It didn't help the Bolts' favor either when CBS chose to bump the team and give the marquee game in the Raiders last Sunday. However well they targeted Hargreaves, the Giants scored only 23 points last Sunday; they've failed to score 30 points in McAdoo's 21 games as coach; and they scored only 13 points in the first 11 quarters of this season before putting up 47 in the last five. We have things to counteract it, and it paid off for us in the (Tampa Bay) game. I think just growing up, that's just the way it was. But we've got 12 more games left.

Rivers, who turns 36 in December, says he hasn't missed a game in any sport - youth football, basketball or Little League - since he started playing as a youngster.

"I imagine that you just go, 'Golly, I've thrown that in route a million times and what happened?' I think that's how it will probably show up", Rivers said.

Their last two losses have been in heartbreaking fashion, losing on a pair of game-winning field goals as time expired. "I wouldn't have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn't have a chance". You're a man. Adversity tests your manhood. "If you have any kind of injury, you get off unless you can't walk'".

"Are you going to fold, you going to break, you going to give in or you going to keep pushing?" 'Shoot, if he's going, then I'm going.' ...

Beckham usually speaks to the media on Wednesdays and Ben McAdoo's post-practice news conference that sets the table for their 0-4 battle at MetLife Stadium with the Chargers is also coming up.

McAdoo is counting on the leaders he has in the locker room to keep the team from falling apart at the seams.

So it was good to see McAdoo, who has been reticent to criticize Beckham, fire back and tell his wideout to trust the system and make the plays.