EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The benching of Eli Manning for the primary time in thirteen seasons might be the low level of a season during which the New York Giants did virtually nothing proper.
Let’s begin with the choice by coach Ben McAdoo and administration to take a seat Manning with 5 video games left within the common season.
Positive, the Giants are 2-9, out of the playoff image and they should discover out one thing about backup quarterbacks Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb.
Benching the 36-yr-previous Manning wasn’t the appropriate factor to do, and it wasn’t dealt with correctly.
If anybody doubts that each one they might have needed to do was see the tears welling within the two-time Tremendous Bowl MVP’s eyes and the heartbreak his quivering chin displayed when requested how a lot this harm.
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The Giants provided Manning the chance to start out and maintain his streak of 210 consecutive begins alive, however the 14-yr veteran didn’t need to be a part of a sham. Should you begin, you play to win, not maintain a streak alive.
The mistaken transfer has been par for the Giants, who have been coming off an eleven-5 season that acquired them into the playoffs for the primary time since 2011.
Nevertheless, all of the shut video games the workforce gained final season, it misplaced this yr.
Accidents to Odell Beckham Jr. and fellow receiver Brandon Marshall harm, however that wasn’t the rationale the Giants, who’ve 19 gamers on injured reserve, misplaced this season.
The Giants knew after final season that they wanted to enhance a weak offensive line and common supervisor Jerry Reese did little to try this. He signed guard D.J. Fluker when New York wanted a strong deal with.
The offense as an entire additionally wanted work. Beckham was the catalyst and had no supporting forged aside from Manning and slot receiver Sterling Shepard. The signing of Marshall because the second outdoors receiver proved to be a bust, and the road solely sometimes created holes for the operating recreation.
McAdoo, who confirmed expertise because the offensive coordinator underneath Tom Coughlin, has did not get the offense in gear for Manning the previous two years. Manning is a pocket quarterback who has been hit lots the previous two seasons enjoying and not using a line, a operating recreation and viable outdoors receivers aside from Beckham.
Whereas the protection had most of its key gamers returning this season, one thing appeared to be lacking. Steve Spagnuolo’s unit was excellent at closing out video games final season. In getting off to a zero-5 begin, the protection failed to carry…