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Eli Manning Press Conference

Eli Manning Press Conference - Before Eli Manning met the media following Sunday's last-second loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, he had to wait a few minutes. As is apparent in a video circulating on ESPN and on the Internet this week, the press room was empty as the quarterback stood near the podium.

But this wasn't a slight by the media or a case of reporters ignoring Manning, who didn't have to wait too long. And it was nothing unusual. Following every game, Manning and other Giants stars such as Justin Tuck conduct their press conferences at the same time as the rest of their teammates are talking in the locker room.

Reporters in the locker room are alerted by the Giants public relations staff multiple times when Manning is heading to the podium. While the players can walk directly to the podium area from their locker room, reporters have to take a roundabout route.

Eli Manning Press Conference

And Manning typically walks into a near-empty room at the start of his postgame press conferences and patiently waits for reporters. On Sunday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's press conference went longer than normal, with the media grilling the head coach over the circumstances of the Giants' 38-31 collapse.

By the time several reporters went from Coughlin's presser to the locker room, many players had scattered. Some reporters interviewed rookie punter Matt Dodge outside the locker room as he was leaving. Dodge had conducted an interview inside the locker room for the few reporters who did not go to Coughlin's press conference. The rest of the media interviewed defensive players such as Antrel Rolle in the locker room to get the story of the day.

Eli Manning Press Conference

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