By Jason Keidel
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Massive Blue’s eyesore of a season has simply gotten traditionally ugly.
A 2-9 group can wave a white flag in myriad methods. Minimize wage cap fats. Waive a couple of deadbeats. Begin a rookie right here. Bench a vet there.
You don’t bench the person who made you related for the final thirteen seasons, is mainly chargeable for half your Lombardi Trophies and has began 210 straight video games, the second-longest streak in NFL historical past.
You don’t spit within the face of your franchise.
However that’s what coach Ben McAdoo simply did. Together with his boss’s blessing, it appears. Certainly, you’ll be able to’t sit a star of Eli Manning’s timbre with out operating it up the totem pole first, presumably to common supervisor Jerry Reese after which to co-proprietor John Mara. Truly, McAdoo stated as a lot throughout his surreal presser Tuesday, which was performed, in full, throughout Mike Francesa’s present. Should you haven’t listened, you must, not just for the Twilight Zone logic but in addition for Francesa’s stellar, verbal takedown of the Giants.
It’s dangerous sufficient that the Giants had saddled Manning with these woeful three months of soccer. However now they’re benching him to see what Geno Smith can do beneath middle. Geno Smith, who, whereas throughout the corridor with the Jets, had maybe the worst first quarter in NFL historical past throughout a recreation towards the Buffalo Payments. Who was so beloved within the Jets’ locker room he had his jaw shattered by a teammate’s fist. Who was so good that the biblically QB-starved Jets couldn’t wait to eliminate him.
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There’s no regal method to say goodbye to an iconic participant. The NFL is understood for its hardscrabble life on the finish of the road, for slicing gamers with out warning, with out discover and with out cost. However some gamers deserve a pink carpet to retirement, or at the least out the door. And it had higher be for a darn good purpose.
When the Colts stated goodbye to Manning’s older brother, that they had Andrew Luck of their again pocket. When the Packers gave Brett Favre his strolling papers, that they had Aaron Rodgers. However the Giants are benching Manning for Smith, whom we’ve seen in vivid and gory technicolor too many occasions already. In the event you assume this is perhaps about giving Davis Webb a shot, then why did McAdoo say that Manning was the backup for Sunday’s recreation?
As Francesa astutely asserted, the one cause Reese has been GM all these years is…