Report: Eli Manning will start Sunday

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Giants co-owner John Mara insisted on Monday that the way Ben McAdoo handled the organizational decision to look at quarterbacks not named Eli Manning had nothing to do with the organizational decision to deactivate McAdoo’s key card with four games left in the season.

Mara did say that he was cognizant of how upset fans were about the decision and mentioned a desire to avoid an ugly scene at this Sunday’s game against the Cowboys related to Manning watching while Geno Smith plays, but said it was up to interim coach Steve Spagnuolo to make a call. It appears Spagnuolo has made the call and it’s unsurprisingly one that should placate the angry masses.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the team held meetings on Tuesday to set the game plan for this week and finalized the decision to move Manning back into the starting lineup. It will be the 211th start of Manning’s career, but the one-week break means he’ll be at the back of the list when it comes to consecutive starts.

Mara made it clear on Monday that he had signed off on a plan to give Smith and rookie Davis Webb playing time before McAdoo told Manning and made it public. The Giants’ hope was that Manning would start games before giving way to one of the other quarterbacks, but Manning balked at such an idea. It’s unclear if there will be any attempt to see what Webb can do in the final four weeks, although it’s hard to see what would have changed about the rationale Mara was on board with at this point last week.

 

63 responses to “Report: Eli Manning will start Sunday

  1. I( do not believe for one second that John Mara did not know about the benching of Eli before word got out. If I owned a team, any decision as controversial as benching the face of the franchise would need my approval before it happened.

  2. I lke Eli as a person, but that 210 consecutive games should never have happened based on his play alone. So, interesting, Eli knows the team was only playing him to placate the fans, so I am surprised he is so ready to jump back in and start.

    In any case, I hope all this ruckus about demanding he play does not keep other teams from staying away from bringing him to their teams, like a Kaepernick situation. His current play doesn’t not warrant the outcry. I mean, look at how Brock Osweiller has been treated and no one says a word. So, if you bring in Eli and he stinks and you bench him for a nobody, who wants to deal with that.

  3. If you discount any of the 15 headlines over a 2-9 team as ‘overhyped’ or ‘too much’ than you are a trump supporter.

    Eli Deserves all the credit in the world. And all the soundbites, headlines and updates on this 2-9 teams matter more than your QB. This is the Manning family we are talking about. Show some respect.

  4. Career passing rating of 83.8. 40th all time, right there next to Mark Brunell, Rich Gannon and Jay Cutler. HOF credentials rest on something we call a “helmet catch”. HOF’s in the modern era always have better than 2/1 TD to INT. Not this guy…334 to 222. 59.8 Cmp%….not good. Nice career, was clutch, 2 Super Bowls huge but he should join Jim Plunket as the guys with 2 rings but not HOF worthy.

  5. It looks like the owner wanted to see what the other QBs had, but when the fanbase went nuts they realized it was a mistake, so they canned the coach and GM and are now starting Eli to make it look like it was Magoo’s fault.

  6. wow. mara benched eli. fired macadoo to pin it on him and restarts eli after killing his streak.

    #somekindaidiot

  7. I just don’t understand why the Giants and/or Eli would run the risk of injury, especially in the middle of a lost season. I’m sure Eli is prideful and wants to play regardless, but I would think both sides would want to ensure his health for 2018.

  8. I have always wondered how Eli would have done as a Charger or how Rivers would have done as a Giant

    Oh well, water almost under the bridge. Nothing against Giant fans but I hope Eli loses

  9. It’s a travesty that Eli’s streak was snapped by that idiot McAdoo. (I could possibly see letting another QB start if you wanted to find out whether he can play or not–but Geno Freaking Smith??? We already know he can’t play.) Manning should have been able to finish out the season as the starter, then retire gracefully. It’s not like Eli is playing at a high level anymore, right? He’s got tons of money and doesn’t need to play after this season. The Giants aren’t going to field a winning team anytime soon, so why stick around and take a beating?

  10. “But Manning still had his start streak snapped, right? Still a disaster that you can’t undo.”

    I really don’t care much for Eli, but that was dirty. Just dirty. He deserved to play.

  11. Seeing how the Dallas D line has been playing of late, Eli said he was “thrilled” to be back. Ha ha. D Law might get a shot at the fake sack record, held by….a former Giant. Not likely, but if he blows up Eli 2-3 times, he could be at 16 or so, with 3 games left.

  12. Nice career, was clutch, 2 Super Bowls huge but he should join Jim Plunket as the guys with 2 rings but not HOF worthy.
    =====

    7th all-time in passing yards

    7th all-time in td passes

    Only QB of this era to beat the alleged GOAT

    .. Its highly likely he gets in. The voters vote Rings above all else, and he downed the dynasty of his era twice.

  13. Which team do you follow?

    The Packers???

    Seattle?, without the pumped in noise they would be average at best…I assume most of genuine noise comes from the Starbucks line…

    Steelers???

    Broncos????

    Saints???

    The Giants have been great….and they’re about to get their next QB, similar to the way they got their last QB…you all know his name…

  14. Of coursed McAdoo had nothing to do with playing Webb. He was out to save his job. This ownership group is as much to blame as anyone for the organizational mess that is the NY Giants. They didn’t even move on McAdoo and Reese until the media response got to them. They have no convictions. They should have apologized to Manning, but stuck with their plan on Webb. They will be in a position to draft Mayfield, Rosen, or Darnold (Cleveland will take one of them and SF will stick with Garoppolo) and need to see what they have in Webb.

  15. 2 Super Bowl wins….And then the 12 other years without a playoff victory. It almost seems impossible, but the Giants just can’t let go of the SB memories. Its over, and both sides are delusional if they do it again next year.

  16. The problem is not that Eli Manning has forgotten how to play QB it is just that everyone one around him is terrible and he looks terrible. He is not Rodgers or Brady who are the quarterback version of MacGyver. He needs an o-line,a running game and receivers that can get open to look decent.Put him on Jacksonville for one season and just see what happens.

  17. Geno Smith had a slightly higher QB rating last game than Eli Manning’s average for 2017. But I guess the alt-right of PFT will be happy to see that their boy will bringing his brand of white privileged mediocrity this Sunday vs. the Cowboys.

  18. Career record,
    Eli 117-103 83.4 career rating
    TB 215-63 97.8
    Brees 144-108 96.7
    Ben 143-69 93.8

    Here’s how badly Eli doesn’t matchup with his contemporaries, yet they mention HOF more than they do for Brees and Rothlisberger. Manning’s numbers are barely average for an NFL QB.

  19. Conspiracy theorists would say that they offered Eli everything including their first born if he would start Sunday, so the restless natives don’t tear the stadium down. The cacophony of boos will at least be muted if Eli takes the field.

  20. He’s also not the only QB of his era to beat the Goat. Mark Sanchez beat Tommy in the playoffs, in NE, and Peyton in Indy back to back. THATS never been done by anyone else. HOF Sanchez!

  21. we’ll see how long the love affair lasts when Eli throws 2 picks by the 3rd qrt. Boo birds will call for his benching and Davis Webb era can being so Eli can leave with the grace he deserves.

  22. Redemption time for Eli. The front office should know that they have a true pocket passer who, despite the haters, is better than 80% of the other starting quarterbacks in the league. Put a GM & HC with a ground and pound mindset, pick a similar QB to develop and prepare for the future. No more high priced free agent band-aids.

  23. tbisgod says:
    December 5, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Career record,
    Eli 117-103 83.4 career rating
    TB 215-63 97.8
    Brees 144-108 96.7
    Ben 143-69 93.8
    Here’s how badly Eli doesn’t matchup with his contemporaries, yet they mention HOF more than they do for Brees and Rothlisberger. Manning’s numbers are barely average for an NFL QB.

    ———-

    Ben and Brees are definitely going to the Hall.

    Brees has a Super Bowl and the Stats. Ben has 2 Super Bowls and has been to 3 plus 2 other AFCCG appearances.

    No question they at both going, and ahead of Eli.

    Rivers is a question mark to me, but many think he will go in also.

  24. mzew233 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    If you discount any of the 15 headlines over a 2-9 team as ‘overhyped’ or ‘too much’ than you are a trump supporter.

    Eli Deserves all the credit in the world. And all the soundbites, headlines and updates on this 2-9 teams matter more than your QB. This is the Manning family we are talking about. Show some respect.

    7 55 Rate This

    …….most idiotic post of the year….no surprise from Clinton voter

  25. The real issue was the way that MacAdoodle talked to Eli.
    The idea was ‘supposed’ to be that Eli starts and plays, but if there is an opportunity (winning/losing by 14) to play one of the other QBs, then do it.

    MacAdoodle miscommunicated the plan to Eli, who rightly told him to play the others.
    Compounding the problem is the fact that MacAdoodle hasn’t prepared Davis Webb all season, so his only game option was to start Geno – which gains us nothing at all.

    So yes, this is all on MacAdoodle because he is just not a good communicator. And even though Eli starts again, we still want to see Davis Webb over the next few games, when there is a low leverage opportunity.

  26. tbisgod says:
    December 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    He’s also not the only QB of his era to beat the Goat. Mark Sanchez beat Tommy in the playoffs, in NE, and Peyton in Indy back to back. THATS never been done by anyone else. HOF Sanchez!

    ———–

    Lets be honest… Great defense beat Tom Brady in 2007 and 2010. In 2011 the Patriots really should have won that Super Bowl. Brady had it, and they couldn’t put it away. Both teams had pretty terrible defenses that year. I will give that one to Eli, although it was a hit on Brady that turned the game.

    People do forget how good the 2009, 2010 Jets were on defense. Could have easily gone to the Super Bowl both of those years with a slightly better QB.

  27. aarons444 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    Nice career, was clutch, 2 Super Bowls huge but he should join Jim Plunket as the guys with 2 rings but not HOF worthy.
    =====
    7th all-time in passing yards
    7th all-time in td passes
    Only QB of this era to beat the alleged GOAT
    .. Its highly likely he gets in. The voters vote Rings above all else, and he downed the dynasty of his era twice.

    ————

    He’s in for sure. Brady is the greatest of all time for sure.

  28. goldtooth80 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    I have always wondered if Ben R was a Giant. We probably would have 4 superbowls.

    ———–

    The Giants really blew one there in the 2008 season. That was probably their best team. Eli had a 40.7 rating. Could have used Ben that day.

  29. cueghost says:

    I have a feeling Eli is gonna light up Dem Boyz on Sunday
    ==================================================

    And I have a feeling I’m going to marry Halle Berry.

  30. TheWizard says:
    December 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    How does having Manning start better prepare the team for next year?

    ————

    Starting the best QB on the team is always the best thing to do. Doesn’t matter if it’s this year or next. Geno Smith or Davis Webb didn’t beat Manning out of his spot. McAdont just wanted to start them as a hope and a prayer. Draft a new starting QB behind Manning and put them in competition for a year, and by the end of 2018 maybe you have a new Starter. Same move that KC has done. Smith won’t be starting next year. Getting rid of Eli now and hoping to start a new draft pick game 1 is a recipe for disaster.

  31. even trent dilfer and joe flacco have rings from great defenses. they’re not close to being HOF players even without criminal fraud baggage. what do giants gain in a lost season from playing a has been over a young might be? mara just trying to make mac take the rap for doing exactly as he was told.

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