Two hundred and ten consecutive starts and two Super Bowls later, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been benched.
Battling injuries all season, the Giants have had one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory as they currently sit in last place in the NFC east with a 2-9 record.
Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall were both injured early in the season and have not returned. Sterling Shepard also suffered an injury but has returned to the rotation.
These factors have left Eli Manning with little to work with and it has been evident. As a result, Ben McAdoo has decided to start Geno Smith this Saturday, a decision that he said the front office was in agreement with.
“Geno will start this week,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity.”
This decision is not so much the lack of production from Manning, but more so to work towards the future. Manning has had a great run, but when it comes down to it he is getting old. At some point, the Giants have to start making that transition and this is exactly what they are doing.
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 28, 2017
During a press conference yesterday, it was clear that Manning was struggling with the decision.
“Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning told CBS Sports. “My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”
Even if this is not Manning’s last start, he has done so much for this organization as a whole.