Benching of Eli Manning Ends an Era for the Giants in the Ugliest Way PossibleManning was unceremoniously benched Tuesday afternoon after 14 seasons and 210 consecutive starts. The two-time Super Bowl MVP will be replaced by former tabloid back-page chew toy Geno Smith, a quarterback so inept that he deserved about half of the criticism he received during his Jets tenure.
The Giants have a more likely quarterback of the future on the roster in rookie Davis Webb, but Ben McAdoo, a lame duck whose New Year's Day plans involve updating his LinkedIn page, is now the coaching equivalent of a movie character climbing into the cockpit of a crashing spaceship and randomly mashing buttons.
That short write-up almost makes the whole season worth it.
Btw, one thing this article correctly points out is how McAdoo took the time to blame Eli for a loss. Eli has been given every opportunity to throw stones at McAdoo and has never taken the bait once. Shows a marked difference between the two men and who they really are. Eli is past his prime and I think the Giants need to move on, but he's always been a class act. He's always shouldered the blame and never taken the credit. I'll be sad to see him move on. He was a very good QB but was never a great one. But, he was consistent and a great leader for the team. You can't really ask for more than what he gave from your QB. Sure, some teams get lucky and get someone like his brother or Brady - both of which are better QBs - but most teams would kill for a guy who brought what Eli brought to the giants for 14 years.