“It’s shocking that a guy who’s been such an important part of their organization, that they’d want to get rid of him,” Eli Manning said of Donovan McNabb, per Reuters (via ESPN.com). “He’s had great seasons these last couple of years.”
Manning is right, but McNabb is on the wrong side of 30 — and his replacement is by all appearances ready to roll. Really, this die was cast back in 2007, when the Eagles traded out of round one to the top of round two and picked Kevin Kolb.
Eli may also be wondering whether, at some point, he’ll receive similar treatment. Despite that Super Bowl win, Peyton’s kid brother hasn’t become a clear-cut, top-two NFL quarterback. Eventually, the Giants will have to think about life after Eli.
And when that time comes, the worst thing the Giants can do is focus on the past.