This is a huge moment so brace yourselves, but I actually really feel for Eli Manning. The guy beat my New England Patriots twice in the Super Bowl (I’m still not sure how) so I feel like I have to hate him, but the last week has really caused a change in heart. The New York Giants are bad this year – there’s no other way to put it. You can’t necessarily pinpoint one single reason for it, either. They’re banged up big time, they’re not the most disciplined team, and their head coach stinks.
Well… Former head coach. For the first time in 41 years, the Giants have fired their head coach before season’s end.
#Giants have informed coach Ben McAdoo that he’s been relieved of his duties as coach. Less than a year after making the playoffs. Unreal
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 4, 2017
The G-Men cleaned house today firing Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, just one week after benching franchise quarterback Eli Manning. To be honest, I’m surprised it took so long. You bench the guy who hasn’t missed a single game since 2004, won you two championships against the greatest quarterback of all time, and then you do him like that because the entire team sucks as a whole? The fact they even had the balls to ask Eli if he wanted to start to keep his streak going, and then bench him for the rest of the game is mind blowing to me. Was what we saw yesterday from Geno Smith any better than what we would see from Eli? Nope. Was it worse? Yeah, kind of. I bash Eli every chance I get just because it comes with the territory, but he’s better than Geno Smith. My first thought was they were going to give rookie Davis Webb a chance to get his first NFL game under his belt, because that would make this a little better. Instead, Webb was a healthy scratch and Manning was just the straight-up backup.
How awful does this make the Giants organization look now? When news broke that Eli Manning wouldn’t start this past Sunday against the Raiders, EVERYONE had something to say about it. If you somehow missed all of that, the general consensus was not good. Not only were other Giants’ players expressing how wrong the decision was and how unhappy they are with their team, but players around the league past and present took to social media.
If I’m Eli, after being completely embarrassed by the team you’ve played your damn heart out for game in and game out, taking all the criticism possible from the New York media, I’m done with the G-Men after this season. He made it clear that he intends on playing next year, and the market for a quarterback across the league is wide open. For God’s sake, the man was fighting back tears saying how he respects the decision of his coach and organization in benching him. I ALMOST CRIED. AND I HATE THEM.
In a market like Miami or maybe even Cincinnatti, I could see why the change in quarterback 3/4 of the way through an awful season wouldn’t be a big deal. But… In New York of all places with all things considered, this whole series of events just looks bad.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be stepping in as interim coach for the remainder of the season, so it’s his call on naming the starting quarterback from here on out. However, I don’t think it will be Eli. They already publicly showed they were ready to move on from #10 even if it wasn’t directly said, and any backtracking would tarnish the legacy between the Giants and Eli Manning.
UPDATE: Eli will in fact start this coming Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. So basically his streak came to an end for absolutely no reason. 210 games in a row ruined just for a week off is basically what we’ve seen. Lesson to be learned here is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And even if it is broke, don’t bench your franchise quarterback.