Eli Manning: It’s a hard day

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The last time Eli Manning didn’t start a regular season game for the Giants came on November 14, 2004 when Kurt Warner led them into a contest against a Cardinals team quarterbacked by Josh McCown, but that long run will come to an end this Sunday.

The Giants announced on Tuesday that Geno Smith will start and that they plan to get rookie Davis Webb work over the final five weeks of the season, leaving Manning to serve as the backup after making 210 consecutive starts for the team that traded with the Chargers to get him after he went first overall in the 2004 draft.

“It’s hard. Hard day to handle this. Hang in there and figure it out,” Manning said while speaking to reporters in front of his locker. 

As noted in the team’s statement announcing the move, Manning rejected the idea of starting and playing for a half because it isn’t a preseason game.

“It’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to Geno,” Manning said.

Manning, who was as emotional as he’s ever been during a media session, said he didn’t like the move and didn’t see it coming although he admitted being 2-9 makes this “uncharted territory. Manning doesn’t know what it means for his future with the franchise, but that he’ll do what he can to help the other quarterbacks get ready to play.

34 responses to “Eli Manning: It’s a hard day

  1. It’s disrespectful to one of the most important players in the history of the franchise. They’ve had no trouble losing with Manning in there; what’s the point of putting someone else in? Geno Smith is not the quarterback of the future, and Davis Webb sounds like a golfer, not a quarterback.

  2. HEEELLLLOOOOOO GIANTS! Anybody home? I’m an Eagles fan and this is quite disrespectful. This guy won 2 super bowls, and has played through dreadful offensive lines at the start of his career. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    Let him finish the year and cut him.He can still play, the team around him is full of whiny me me me me me players. He can go somewhere else and win right away.

    This organization is now a fraud in my book. If you don’t want him then cut him so he can play. And good on him for refusing to play a half.

  3. Ross Tucker spoke about how he was a sure fire HOF after he won his last super bowl but his recent years really start to question his HOF-worthiness. I dont think many ever thought he was ever HOF worthy. He had amazing defense and offensive lines when he won those super bowls. I think those two years are the only two years he’s won playoff games. He made big time plays in those SBs and other big games but so have a lot of players that aren’t HOF worth. He has had way too many really bad seasons and his only good stats are the cumulative ones because he never misses games.

    He is a good QB, maybe even a great one, but the HOF is for elite players. I’m sure he gets in because all the popular, big market teams get their heros in. I dont think he will deserve it unless he does something special in his remaining years.

  4. As a Redskins fan, a horrible idea just came to me:

    Odds on 1) the Giants parting ways with Eli and 2) Dan Snyder “McNabb-ing” him in the off season as an alternative to signing Cousins to a long-term deal?

    I’m crazy, that’s not happening… right? RIGHT? Sigh.

  5. Let him go through waivers. If a team that doesn’t have a shot claims him he can give up the 12.5 mil. In this markets he can get 50 mil for a two year deal next year and he is already rich.

  6. what’s the point of putting someone else in? Geno Smith is not the quarterback of the future, and Davis Webb sounds like a golfer, not a quarterback.

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    Uh, not exactly a mystery: to lose as many games as possible so they get as high a draft pick as possible.

  7. EZ Eli wouldn’t say (bleep) to the media if he had a mouthful. He has played the NY media better than any athlete outside of Jeter as befits a future 1st ballot HoF player. Anyone that doesn’t believe he is a HoF’er needs to stop and consider the voters know Mara and Reese wasted what should have been the best years of Eli’s career.

  8. If John Mara had any class, he would fire McAdoo today and promote Steve Spagnuolo to interim coach with instructions to start the guy with the long streak who did so much to bring two Lombardi Trophies to the Giants.

    What a buffoon McAdoo is!!!

  9. I just looked it up and he has only one a playoff game in 2 separate seasons. 14 year career and he only won a playoff game in 2 seasons. It’s good he made the most of those years! He’s only made the playoffs in 6 of 14 years.

  10. Reporter:”how did you break it to Eli”
    McAdoo: “ well we saw that Erik Flowers and the rest of the Oline can’t block we had guys quitting on defense, we ha e tons of injuries and it all points to one thing , Eli is at fault”

  11. Ross Tucker spoke about how he was a sure fire HOF after he won his last super bowl but his recent years really start to question his HOF-worthiness.
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    110-100 as a starter
    50,625 passing yards (7th)
    334 tds (7th)
    83.8 rating (39th)

    8-4 in the post-season, 2:1 td/int ratio, 87.4 rating

    In terms of his peers, he’s not top 5 in his era. Not by a longshot.

    If he gets in, its only beacuse he beat teh Patriots twice.

  12. Hey Eli,
    We will take you in Tampa. Jameis needs to earn the job back against a legitimate competitor.
    McADon’t is the only HC more clueless than Dirk Koetter.
    Jon Gruden just mailed applications to the Fired Football Coaches of America to both of them.

  13. I am amazed at technology these days…when MacAdope was doing the presser you couldn’t even see the puppet strings….Eli was never a QB I was fond of…The slap in the face was downright

  14. I am amazed at technology these days…when MacAdope was doing the presser you couldn’t even see the puppet strings….Eli was never a QB I was fond of…But The slap in the face the Maras delivered was downright embarrassing for a organization that is steeped in history…what a bunch of bums.

  15. Eli to Jacksonville man. Reunite with Coughlin, the Giants are a really bad team and its not Elis fault. The moment they line up I can easily call every single play out before the snap, and I’m just some drunk dude on a couch, imagine what a professional defensive coordinator is thinking!?

  16. All these stat guys need to check stats. Check Giants rushing stats going all the way to 2011, and then check defensive stats going all the way to 2011.. Then check passing yards through 2011.. The defense over those years set records in being pathetic, and I can remember the last time he had a running game.. Eli has always been reluctant to take sacks, hence some of the stupid throws that I even bark about. The offensive line going all the way back to the superbowl has never been addressed and has been garbage. The Giants defense every other year finds another way to set another Giants record in being garbage. Eli in 2011 overcame a last place running game, and really bad defense that put it together in week 9 to win his last superbowl. He had 9 come from behind winds, and let’s not forget the 49er beating.. I really believe that because he was able to overcome that, the Giants thought they could continue to surround him with garbage at the OL position.

  17. From the outside looking in, I’d say Eli’s had a pretty good life so far. He was born into football royalty. Was the brother of a HOF QB. Was the number one overall draft pick. Had a multi-super bowl winning career. Made tons of money. Yes, today is a painful day, but Eli is a fighter. He’ll be ok. Cheers Eli! Keep your head up.

  18. Eli is NOT a HOF’er. No way. Outside of the two Super Bowls and playing a bunch of games in a row (which takes absolutely no skill whatsoever), what has he done? MVP’s? All-Pros? What’s your argument?

  19. 2gurleys1kupp says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:47 pm
    Eli is NOT a HOF’er. No way. Outside of the two Super Bowls and playing a bunch of games in a row (which takes absolutely no skill whatsoever), what has he done? MVP’s? All-Pros? What’s your argument?
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    Oh you Rams fans are so Funny! he has more Super Bowl wins than just about everybody playing, The Giants are idiots and Eli should just retire and then the giants will be the Browns for the next 5 years! AND I’m a Vikes fan.. so have no horse in this race..

  20. Not a Rams fan by a long shot. Super Bowl wins are not the only factor in determining the HOF status of a QB. Dan Marino has 0. Trent Dilfer has 1. One is in the HOF and one is most definitely not. So again, what other arguments are there for Eli to be in the HOF?

  21. This may sound harsh, but a bad day, year or season really doesn’t give me a whole lot of compassion and I’m a bleeding heart liberal. After winning 2 Super Bowls already Manning can go run off into the sunset with the same number of Lombardi trophies as his big brother…

  22. eagle fan here and i always loved eli flinching and throwing that interception to the birds, but i’ve seen eli beat us many times as well.

    personally, i always gave the gints organization more credit than this. i could see it if patrick mahomes was back there, but you aren’t telling your locker room anything positive by taking eli out for geno smith.

    and to the persons belittling him starting 210 consecutive games, you simply don’t understand professional football. please consider how many injuries occur each year, especially to quarterbacks. and consider how many of those games eli hobbled out there hurt to not let down his teammates. so if you think that takes no talent, you are lost.

  23. I rarely comment on the Giants, even though I have followed them since Y.A Tittle was the QB. Eli Manning is a modern day Y.A. Tittle! Both were Iron Men who were Giants through and through. Mr. Mara needs to take action, if not for Eli, then for the fans. At 2 & 9, the season has slipped away. It may be that the off season will bring a house cleaning, leaving a rested Eli with a new GM and coaching staff. That would be great but it does nothing to ease the pain and heartache that Eli is enduring. Fire McAdoo now!

    P.S. The Dolphins will be happy to trade Tannehill, Cutler and Moore for Eli Right now! We will pay the three stooges salary and the Giants can pay for Eli’s salary.

  24. past time to move on. he was good at times, never great. see if you can peddle him as a backup and rebuild. the last horseshoe fell out of his butt a long time ago.

  25. It’d be one thing is Manning was being ineffective, but right now it’s that anybody who is anybody on that offense is injured, so Manning has nothing to work with. It’s not like they view Smith as their QB of the future, either. This is just a pathetic move by the Giants.

  26. Kelly’s Chronicles says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    Truthfully, Eli has not been that good for quite awhile before this season. Your name can only carry you for so long in this league.
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    That’s absolutely true. But he isn’t being benched for a young qb in Webb. He’s being benched for Geno Smith. Geno. Smith.

    Manning isn’t that great anymore, but he’s light years better than Geno freakin’ Smith.

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