Is the Eli Manning Situation Really that Complicated?

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The Giants will have a new starting quarterback this weekend for the first time since November of 2004.

It’s Geno Smith, who I don’t think is the future in New York.

But Eli Manning isn’t the future, either.

So what? What then?

Giants fans threw a fit this week because they felt like their future Hall of Famer was being mistreated by the organization and disrespected by a lame duck head coach. They’re not wrong. Eli probably does deserve better. But what’s the alternative? Keep losing with Eli and go out with a feel-good story? Or lose with Smith and/or Davis Webb to at least get a better idea of what you’ve got in-house? Either way you slice it, you’re crap.

The original plan, apparently, was to have Eli start Sunday in Oakland, then cede the second half to Smith, according to Ben McAdoo.

Giants co-owner John Mara says he’s on the same page with his head coach regarding that strategy, but said this when asked if there was a better way to approach it:

“There probably is. Tell me what it is. I don’t know. I mean, I didn’t necessarily think it had to be at the half. I think if he’s playing well in the first half, we’re winning the game, it looks like we’ve got a chance, the offense is clicking, I would argue then keep him in the game. But having him definitively come out at the end of the first half — I can understand why he would object.”

Manning told McAdoo he didn’t want to do that, so he was benched.

“I was upfront and honest with Eli. I don’t have any regrets there,” McAdoo said today.

Ex-Giants and other NFL athletes ripped the decision. Of course they’re going to side with a former teammate and fellow player. What do you expect? Eli is a two-time Super Bowl champion and NYG legend, so the optics look like shit when you bench him for Geno, who was a great Mountaineer but probably doesn’t have NFL chops.

What, then, should McAdoo do? His team sucks, and it’s not entirely his fault, or Manning’s fault, or anybody’s specifically. They’ve had some bad injuries, the offensive line is poor, and they need to do some drafting and rebuilding. His job is to figure out the future of the entire franchise, not cater to a guy who is no longer part of it. This clash between veteran fan-favorites and new-ish coaches happens all the time.

There are basically two takes.

Here’s one:

And the other:

Eli is going into the HOF with a pair of rings and a bunch of New York records. How many people get the storybook ending?

That’s about as much time as we’ll spend on the Giants.

Time’s yours.

 

 

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9 Comments

  • The croydon cowboy December 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Da eagles they haven’t faced much adversity and their schedule is one of the easiest in the league. Only tough test all season…Panthers. Also, Winning in Seattle is hard to for any visiting team. The Eagles look like world beaters against bottom teams dealing with injuries…and bottom teams. Seattle is a way more battle tested and experienced team. They go down Sunday

    • Watch out Kinkead December 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      A cautionary tale for you :

      This time last yr, Kyle forced chain-smoking faux hipster Jim A to leave his dumpy city apt (ring familiar?) and take public transportation all the way up to Kyle’s tract house near Quakertown.

      Kyle made him pack his crappy shirts all day and didn’t even offer him a ride home. He went one step further and made enterprising young Jim stop selling his own brand of rip-off garbage Ts, appearing to be threatened for some reason.

      After the holidays when Kyle got what he needed from Jim, he was fired and forced to move home with his parents.

      Are you sensing a theme here? When Kyle offers to pick you up in his A4 (a car typically driven by women), run Kinkead. Run.

      You’ve been warned.

    • backliner December 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      They certainly didn’t face much adversity in Dallas

    • Eric berinson December 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      So per your words which is Dallas… A bottom team with injuries, or just a bottom team?

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  • Johnny December 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Eli, aFuture Hall of Famer? How?

  • Bailey the bedbug December 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    It’s adorable how espn is still trying to sell the World Cup. I get it, they spent a fortune to get the tv rights. But with the US out, there are going to be ZERO ratings for this World Cup. Lol

  • Billboard bobby December 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Hate all you want fellas!
    But the Cash Me Outside Girls new song “I got it” is really good. I can’t figure it out, but the girl is just a fucking rabbits foot. All she does is hit homeruns!

  • Nissan of devon December 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I heard kyle won’t let his wife see him naked.

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