Geno Smith “excited” about opportunity to start

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Most people were shocked. Some people were angry. But there was at least one guy who had a different feeling about yesterday’s stunning news that the Giants were benching quarterback Eli Manning.

That would be Geno Smith, the guy with the unenviable task of replacing the two-time Super Bowl champion.

While being careful to not appear too happy about a seismic move in the franchise’s history, Smith expressed a hope he could make the best of it.

“I’m always excited for an opportunity to play, but there’s no major reaction — didn’t throw a party or anything,” Smith said, via John Healy of the New York Daily News. “Great opportunity to go out there. I’ve had a year to get healthy, learn the system, learn the guys, so it’s a good opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.”

Smith understands there’s a fine line to walk, that as much as he’s happy about a chance to play, it’s coming at an incredible expense for his team. He said he got the news yesterday from coach Ben McAdoo.

“I understand things happen in this business and you just got to be ready for whatever happens and I’ve been working hard,” Smith said. “I’ve been working behind the scenes, doing all the little things, so I expect them to pay off.”

It’s his first action since tearing his ACL last October with the Jets, and returns to Oakland, where he played his last full game in 2015.

“Take a look, it was a good one,” he said. That was a 27-of-42 day which included 265 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception in a 34-20 loss.

And while it was an awkward day, Smith said he felt supported.

“Guys were kind of fired up,” Smith said. “Guys are giving me hugs, handshakes and I think guys have witnessed my story from afar just seeing how things have kind of played out. So, I think they’re looking forward to that part of it. . . .

“They’ve seen me get better throughout the year and I think they’re really eager to get to work during the week and try and go out there and get a victory.”

That’s far from the point of this move, and Smith has to know that, but he has to make the most of this unexpected chance for himself to try to resurrect a career.

54 responses to “Geno Smith “excited” about opportunity to start

  1. Imagine being Eli, you won two Super Bowls for this organization and they bench you in favor of Geno friggin Smith.

    High tail it out of there, Eli.

  2. Benching Eli is a joke. It’s not Smith’s fault for sure, but the Giants showed how far they’ve crashed by being so classless. If anyone thinks Eli Manning is the reason they only have 2 wins, I have a bridge to sell you.
    If the Giants had any class, they’d trade Eli right now — and plenty of teams would want him. Or, they’d cut him.
    Eli has helped them win two Super Bowls and has never said a word about the fact that he’s had a terrible offensive line and no running game for years. And he never used it as an excuse that they lost their top WR’s either, or that the defense has been phoning games in.
    The Giants coach is a complete buffoon. He is beyond horrible and for him to say that Geno Smith represents the Giants best chance to win, is utter nonsense.
    Eli has something the Giants have none of — class. And he’s still a very good QB when he has some help around him. Geno Smith is a retread who has never been any good.

  3. For him to say “ Guys where kind of fired up “ tells you all you need to know about this GIANTS team basically a bunch of losers ! They are excited about following a loser into battle ,this is a locker room that has decinagrated into a pile of losers ,clean house like house has never been cleaned before ,this is not the GIANTS organization I grew up on !

  4. Shame on the whole organization for ruining Eli’s streak. It’s not like they can actually make the playoffs or go anywhere, let the man finish the season with his streak intact. He can go somewhere else and continue to play.

  5. I knew the GIANTS where doomed back in week two when McDufuss in his press conference trotted out “ We need to play complete complimentary football “ like half a dozen times !

  6. All those who are blaming McAdoo for benching Eli, are way off the mark! He would NOT make this drastic a move, without the blessing from Mara, the snake. The holier-than-thou, Mara, is actually tanking the season, and treating Eli like crap in the process. Granted, Eli has not been playing well, but it reminds me of Romo, for most of his career, trying to carry a team solely on his back, as Eli has had to do just recently. He deserves better, and I wonder if Mara is regretting unceremoniously getting rid of Coughlin, yet?? TC had too much integrity, and Mara is now reaping what he sowed…..this from a rival’s fan

  7. Don’t understand why the Giants are starting Geno over Davis Webb, we know what Geno Smith is as a quarterback,(he is awful) the giants need to see what they have in Webb over these next couple of games and see if they need to draft a young quarterback in the 2018 draft (most likely)and they should of traded Eli Manning at the trade deadline as well and get some value for him, now the G men will most likely release him and get nothing for him! Dumb and Stupid move by John Mara and the Giants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. What it this guy’s name wasn’t manning? That goes for all the way back to college too… really, think about that.

  9. Geno should be excited.

    It may be his last opportunity to start an NFL game.

    That said, Geno will not turn the season around for the Giants.

    Bad decision.

  10. Those saying trade him, the trade deadline has come and gone. Remember the whole Browns / AJ McCarron trade deadline debacle?

    As for Eli……he probably feels betrayed and his mind is probably already made up that he’s gone in the offseason……UNLESS he also has his mind made up that this coach is getting fired and this is just a temporary situation for him. But then again, this doesn’t happen unless the front office approves of it so Eli’s probably checked out.

    What a complete debacle. If you think Eli’s responsible for this season (his top 2 WR’s out on IR, a no-name RB, and a bad O-line) then you’re out of your mind.

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen by a NFL team in a long time.

    Jacksonville, Denver, Arizona, NY Jets, Cleveland, etc are all licking their lips at the prospects of stealing Eli after NY’s boneheaded decision.

  11. gtodriver says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:12 am
    Geno should be excited.

    It may be his last opportunity to start an NFL game.

    That said, Geno will not turn the season around for the Giants.

    Bad decision.

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    There is no one that can turn around this season for the Giants. That isn’t what this is about. It’s about evaluating the other QBs on the roster and mainly about securing a high pick for the draft. It’s not a bad decision, even if they win out they’re not making the playoffs this year.

  12. Eli handled this with more class than I could imagine. He’s won 2 Superbowls and is pushed aside for Geno? He lost his top 4 receivers and is playing behind a OL this is patchwork at best. Broncos, Jags and Jets come to mind for next season….

  13. eaglesnoles05 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:56 am
    What it this guy’s name wasn’t manning? That goes for all the way back to college too… really, think about that.
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    He’s got 2 more rings than the Eagles.
    Think about that.

  14. Shame on the whole organization for ruining Eli’s streak

    They offered to let him start, then replace him at some point in the game in order to let him continue the streak. He turned it down.

    According to Ranaan, the real plan is to start using Webb, but they felt they owed Geno, so they’re giving him this start.

  15. Honestly I’m not a Giants fan and certainly not an Eli fan since he refused to play for the team that drafted him (San Diego) with that said this isn’t new, look at San Francisco with Montana it’s been done before and will happen again. The NFL is in a what have you done lately mode. This guy McAdoo is a real prize.

  16. nyneal says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:30 am
    Benching Eli is a joke. It’s not Smith’s fault for sure, but the Giants showed how far they’ve crashed by being so classless. If anyone thinks Eli Manning is the reason they only have 2 wins, I have a bridge to sell you.
    If the Giants had any class, they’d trade Eli right now — and plenty of teams would want him. Or, they’d cut him.
    Eli has helped them win two Super Bowls and has never said a word about the fact that he’s had a terrible offensive line and no running game for years. And he never used it as an excuse that they lost their top WR’s either, or that the defense has been phoning games in.
    The Giants coach is a complete buffoon. He is beyond horrible and for him to say that Geno Smith represents the Giants best chance to win, is utter nonsense.
    Eli has something the Giants have none of — class. And he’s still a very good QB when he has some help around him. Geno Smith is a retread who has never been any good.

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    Can’t trade him as they already missed the deadline. Cutting him is an option, but poor Eli would probably then end up on the Browns.

  17. If Geno Smith wanted to do something great to tell Macadooto bench me because I’m not going in for what you just did To an all-time giant great

  18. Geno’s playing oh im taking the raiders covering this week for sure. Plus the raiders still have a shot at playoffs. Thanks for making me money Geno and Bob.

  19. sfsugator says:
    November 29, 2017 at 10:22 am
    Geno’s playing oh im taking the raiders covering this week for sure. Plus the raiders still have a shot at playoffs. Thanks for making me money Geno and Bob.

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    Playoffs….the Raiders? Please child….

  20. objectivefootballfan says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Don’t understand why the Giants are starting Geno over Davis Webb
    … G men will most likely release him and get nothing for him!
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    Really? The answer isn’t obvious to you? Davis Webb may or may not bring something to the table for the future but Geno Smith sure doesn’t. Someone has to take the bullet as the guy that started instead of The Guy. They are simply isolating Webb from the blow and fan ire as much as they can. Eli is tradeable, the Giants won’t be cutting him. The Giants real stupidity is they wasted what should have been the best years of Eli’s career giving him no protection or running game.

  21. Seen him play plenty for the Jets. Good arm and speed but makes alot of bone headed throws. Not very accurate: I dont think he reads NFL defenses well. He did not have much to work with with the Jets but their offense was probably still better than the Giants right now. I dont see anyway hes an upgrade on Eli. Mannings best years are behind him but hes miles better than Geno. Their two wins are mainly because of the defense and offense has constantly struggled but that isnt the QBs fault. Smith will have a good matchup against Oakland but hes not a starting QB.

  22. “If the Giants had any class, they’d trade Eli right now — and plenty of teams would want him. Or, they’d cut him.”

    Um, its past the trade deadline and cutting him would likely have major impact on their cap and need to be handled more carefully than a gut check “just cut him” at any random time.

    Good thing you’re not an NFL GM your team would be in big trouble.

  23. 1950giantsfan says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:32 am
    Honestly I’m not a Giants fan and certainly not an Eli fan since he refused to play for the team that drafted him (San Diego) with that said this isn’t new, look at San Francisco with Montana it’s been done before and will happen again. The NFL is in a what have you done lately mode. This guy McAdoo is a real prize.

    What?!?!?! the Montana situation was completely different. He missed a year and a half or so with injury and in that time Steve Young was playing great football.

  24. nyneal says:

    November 29, 2017 at 6:30 am

    “If the Giants had any class, they’d trade Eli right now”

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    No matter how much class they have, they can’t trade him after the Oct 31 trade deadline.

  25. I can think of one other person that is happy Geno will be starting: Ereck Flowers. Heck, now it doesn’t matter if he lets some linebacker or d-lineman blow by him because everyone will blame Geno anyhow. The pressure is off, big guy. You don’t have to pretend you are a left tackle any more.

    PS – Run, Geno, run.

  26. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    For him to say “ Guys where kind of fired up “ tells you all you need to know about this GIANTS team basically a bunch of losers ! They are excited about following a loser into battle ,this is a locker room that has decinagrated into a pile of losers ,clean house like house has never been cleaned before ,this is not the GIANTS organization I grew up on !
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA GENO to start for the little Giants… Philly would never do this to a 2 time SB winning QB. What a joke of an organization.

    EAGLES 10-1!!!!! 1960, no rings, 2018, only time will tell!

    Either way, Wentz will haunt you frauds for the next decade or so… GO BIRDS!

  27. Just so excited with the start of the Geno Smith era at the Giants. He was under appreciated at the Jets and finally gets his chance to put his stamp on the Giants and completely turn this season around. Great coaching by McAdoo to sense the time was right to bench Eli, who probably felt threatened by Geno’s raw talent. NY Giants definitely not tanking…

  28. nhpats says:

    November 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    sfsugator says:
    November 29, 2017 at 10:22 am
    Geno’s playing oh im taking the raiders covering this week for sure. Plus the raiders still have a shot at playoffs. Thanks for making me money Geno and Bob.

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    Playoffs….the Raiders? Please child….

    _____

    Didn’t say they would make it, but a shot none the less the way that division is playing at the top…..Child please.

  29. honalulublue says:
    November 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    Overrated Eli is done… You New Yorkers are the tools I thought you were.

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    I’m a New Yorker, in that I live in NY and have since 1967. You sound very foolish because it’s obvious you don’t know anything about the Giants. Their offensive line is awful, they’ve lost 4 of their top WR’s, they have no running game, and their defense has been phoning games in all season.
    Throw in that their GM and HC are incompetent and the blame does not fall on Eli. Joe Montana couldn’t win with this Giants team.
    As for New Yorkers being “tools”, I’ll take it with a grain of salt because obviously you are a stool.

  30. There aren’t many quarterbacks in the league that can carry a team. Eli is a good quarterback, but he can’t carry a team like Rodgers, Brees or Brady. I don’t understand how people think he is the reason the Giants are 2-9 right now. They are 2-9 because the coaching staff can’t motivate or manage players and the front office didn’t add enough talent to the roster over the past couple years. And how is Geno Smith even on an NFL roster? He is horrible. Anyway, the Giants are in for a long struggle over the next few years. Manning is going to demand out and they wont have a quarterback. The management is so bad, they will miss on drafting a QB. What a dumpster fire.

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