Eli Manning will start, Spagnuolo says he discussed decision with Mara

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Geno Smith has been benched after one game, and Eli Manning is back as the Giants’ starting quarterback.

Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo says he made the decision, but he added that he discussed the matter with Giants owner John Mara.

“Eli Manning will be the quarterback for this team in this game,” Spagnuolo said. “When Mr. John Mara and I talked, one of the first things he asked was about the quarterback situation, and I said, ‘John, my gut is right now Eli should be the starter.'”

Owners don’t usually get involved in personnel decisions, but the situation with the Giants this year is highly unusual: Coach Ben McAdoo benched Manning, a franchise icon, last week, only to get fired this week. Now McAdoo is gone and Manning is back.

27 responses to “Eli Manning will start, Spagnuolo says he discussed decision with Mara

  1. The only reason Mara fired McAdoo when he did was to make it look like McAdoo was to blame for the Eli fiasco. Mara had many opportunities (and reasons) to pull the trigger earlier and he didn’t. Right now this once great franchise is a rudderless ship.

  2. “Owners don’t usually get involved in personnel decisions, but the situation with the Giants this year is highly unusual: Coach Ben McAdoo benched Manning, a franchise icon, last week, only to get fired this week.”

    You left out the part where the true author of the mess the Giants have become was also fired leaving no one but Mara for Spags to discuss it with.

  3. McAdoo got screwed. I don’t think he is a great coach, but you always deserve a full year after a playoff run. Also think of the New York area-Mangini got fired because he didn’t have the guts to bench Favre. McAdoo did the right thing for the Giants future, and the new coach screwed up by starting Manning again. Commit to the kids for the rest of the season and see who wants to be there/is good enough.

    Not a huge Dallas guy, but Romo/Garrett put the playbook on how this should have played out.

  4. I did not like what he pulled around the draft, but I’ll give Eli credit for being stand up about this in the public. I’m hoping he’s angling to get out of there.

  5. Spags wont bother with this nonsense for a 4 games interim HC gig. Probably wont be with the Giants next year anyway. I wouldnt want to be associated with this situation either. Wonder if he accepted to take charge with the condition of starting whatever QB he wanted.

  6. Eli is an average to poor regular season QB who got hot in the playoffs with a team that had a great defense End of Story

  7. What they saw in Geno including Mara was enough to end that farce. Spags holds the
    reversed company grounds and starts Eli.

  8. colt13 says:

    December 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    McAdoo got screwed. I don’t think he is a great coach, but you always deserve a full year after a playoff run. Also think of the New York area-Mangini got fired because he didn’t have the guts to bench Favre. McAdoo did the right thing for the Giants future, and the new coach screwed up by starting Manning again. Commit to the kids for the rest of the season and see who wants to be there/is good enough.

    Not a huge Dallas guy, but Romo/Garrett put the playbook on how this should have played out.
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    Romo/Garrett’s playbook failed miserably then. Both have been coddled by ownership when they should have been canned on more than one occasion. Romo’s fans will point to his career passing numbers and say he was not over-rated as a QB, but he should have been replaced after bungling the Seattle playoff game. The lack of serious offers for Romo’s playing services after he finally WAS canned proves my point. When Garrett finally gets canned, hos services won’t be desired on the open market either.

  9. if you believe McAdoo was behind the eli benching then your not very bright! mara was pulling strings and knew full well he was going to can McAdoo anyway after he did the dirty work…if I was manning I’d say thanks but no thanks

  10. I somewhat feel bad his starting streak had to end for no reason last week. He was not injured or playing horrible to warrant such a move.

  11. Giants have a great opportunity to finally get this thing turned around after basically 6 years of futility. As a Giants fan I dont care who is starting at QB forthe rest of this season as the team isnt good enough to win regardless. My only concern is Mara hiring the right GM and not blowing a top 3 pick that only comes around once every 25 years or so (unless you’re the Browns).

  12. If we changed the word “benching” to “sitting” in regards to what happened to Eli, would that make the woo is me Eli faithful feel better? They’re a 2-10 team, playoff eliminated team with a leaky O-Line and top 2 WRs injured. What point is throwing Eli out there now? The mistake wasn’t in sitting him, it was not going with the rookie Webb. Here’s a team that will have a chance to draft a QB high in the draft. Why not see if the rookie already on the roster has anything to offer first?

  13. Now that it’s all done, does anyone at this point actually care if Eli Manning starts for the 2-10 Giants? It’s the kind of situation for which the saying “you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube” was made.

  14. Be careful what you wish for: Little bratly gets his way again, performance be damned. This is actually horrible newsnfor giants fans in that they are deprived of the only thing to look forward to the rest of the year – booing Macadoo and poor old Geno Smith. whose fault will it be now?

  15. KIR says:
    December 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Eli is an average to poor regular season QB who got hot in the playoffs with a team that had a great defense End of Story

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    Eli is Top 10 all-time in TD passes, yards, completions, 4th quarter comebacks, 2nd most road playoff wins in history for a QB, led the game winning drive in the 4th quarter of not one, but two Super Bowls, earning two Super Bowl MVP’s. Yeah, he’s really terrible.

    Getting really tired of clueless people that keep painting Eli as a poor QB that somehow got lucky in the playoffs twice, when the facts and numbers clearly prove otherwise.

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