Ben McAdoo: Benching doesn’t mean Eli Manning is done with Giants

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Shortly after the Giants sent out a release announcing that Geno Smith will start at quarterback against the Raiders this Sunday, head coach Ben McAdoo met with the media to discuss the decision to bench Eli Manning after 210 consecutive starts.

McAdoo said the move was made after conversations with General Manager Jerry Reese and team ownership and that “a lot of quarterbacks haven’t gotten a chance to decide how they move on” when asked if he felt Giants fans would be upset by a two-time Super Bowl winner getting pushed out of the lineup. McAdoo quickly added that Manning may not be moving on and said that “time will tell” if Manning has a future with the Giants. 

“I have a lot of confidence in Eli as a player, as a quarterback,” McAdoo said. “At this point it’s my responsibility for the organization to make sure we take a look at Geno and at Davis [Webb].”

Time will also tell if McAdoo has any say in the future of Manning or anyone else with the Giants. There’s been a lot of talk about the team firing McAdoo (and Reese) once their disappointing season comes to an end and that decision will obviously impact any call about Manning.

Manning is due a $5 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year, so whoever is making that call will be making it pretty early in the offseason. Given the direction that the team has opted to take and the fresh start that appears likely on all levels of the football operation, passing on that bonus could be a less surprising decision than the one they made on Tuesday.

88 responses to “Ben McAdoo: Benching doesn’t mean Eli Manning is done with Giants

  1. Why would you ever start Geno Smith. Hasn’t it already been proven he can’t be a regular starter in the NFL. He’s a decent back up at best.

    Start Davis Webb if you are going to proceed with this experiment.

  2. Hey, you want onions wit that?

    Hey lady, you need a cab?

    Ok middle schoolers, I am Mr. McAdoo your PE teacher.

    – phrases Ben needs to familiarize himself with

  3. Congratulations, Ben! Your Giants are now officially, and unequivocally, the most classless, mismanaged team in the NFL… and that’s not an easy distinction to achieve. Worse than the JETS!

  4. Who knew that when Eli said to “relax” after the second week…he was talking about himself?

  5. bullcharger says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Why would you ever start Geno Smith. Hasn’t it already been proven he can’t be a regular starter in the NFL. He’s a decent back up at best.

    Because tanking is the actual objective.

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Eli will end up in the AFC East. All those teams need a QB to compete with the Patriots.
    Eli compete with the Patriots? Right.

  7. As an Eagles fan I feel bad for Eli. The giants coach has cement in his head and this is one of the most mind boggling moves. The coach has to go! Two rings and completely disrespected. Hes not the problem the coach is. This guy makes Kotite look like Lombardi.

  8. Wow, I am glad I am not a Giants fan


    Colts fan

    P.S.: Yes, the Colts are also a dumpster fire, but the Giants are a bigger dumpster fire

  9. @ibillwt

    You might have something here.

    If Eli is really to blame for his role in the fake “authentic game-worn” merchandise scandal, this is a good way to shock the fan base before they circle the wagons around him.

    The guy has an 84.1 rating right now, which is better than 5 of his other seasons, so I don’t get the performance angle.

  10. I have to say I really didn’t like Eli when he was drafted with that stupid look on his face and his refusal to play for San Diego but I changed my mind. He has played no diva drama his entire career and never made any excuses or through any body under the bus. He beat the great Tom Brady twice on the biggest stage with the worse team on both occasions. His reaction to his benching by this ungrateful team is as classy as it gets. Godspeed Eli. I wish you well.

  11. I’ll preface this by acknowledging I’m not an Eli fan, I’m a Cowboys but they come second as I’m a football fan 1st amd foremost.

    Eli’s streak is ending and thats unfortunate but the glass is half-full. This move has nothing to do with Eli. It’s McAdoo’s last stand and he’s going down on his terms. For all that was said and expected after he replaced Coughlin, McAdoo never truly connected with the players. Look no further than how he handled the boat trip in last years playoffs. If anything, this move will allow Eli to finish the season healthy, assuming Gino and the other guy are able to playout the string behind a porous offensive line.

  12. They’re starting Geno because running the Wildcat was deemed “too obvious” by the focus group. The backup plan is going to be continually snapping the ball with no one behind center and pretending it was an accident.

  13. What they should have done was give MacAdoozie the option to sit on the bench. I’m not a eli fan obviously but did they really expect a different outcome after ignoring the O-line for 2 years? Making MacDook the coach? I was never so happy as the day they extended him, taking him off the Eagles list…The man can’t coach period! The dumpster fire is complete and this one will burn for years. Eli will be in Denver next year after they give all 3 QB’s pink slips and draft a REAL QB.
    *Props to Eli for not starting to preserve the record like some would (FARVE).I’m gonna miss the wide eyed panic look 2x’s a year.

  14. I’d love if ELIE comes to the AFC East. That just means the Pats schedule got easier.

    Luckiest middling NFL QB since Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer. He won’t sniff the HoF, not that there was ever much doubt.

  15. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Eli 2 RINGS iggles 0 1960


    Again, very original. Keep up the good work. I see why your a Giants fan. Are you actually Jerry Reese trolling PFT?

  16. factschecker says:

    November 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    10-1 says Eli winds up in Denver for the 2018 season.


    Don’t count out Jacksonville as a possible landing spot.

  17. Dear Eli, it could be worse…you could be traded to Washington on New Years Day.
    D. McNabb

    ps…maybe being benched for Geno is worse (but I digress)

  18. Flash1287 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    Eli Manning is 32-43 since the start of the 2013 season.
    For comparison sake,

    Tom Brady is 59-16 with two Super Bowl trophies/rings/MVP awards since the start of the 2013 season. 78.66% winning percentage.

    Oh, and he’s 40 years old. Pretty stark contrast.

  19. I used to believe that Ray Handley was the biggest disaster to ever hit the Giants. The team of Reese and MacAdoo has him beat hands down. Wellington is rolling in his grave right now.. Tish and Mara are at fault as well for allowing this. Maybe it’s time to find a new team. Eli deserves far more respect than this.

  20. I cant believe how Mara let this clown to manage the Giants still. Eli is not the problem you are the problem Doodle.

  21. lol yes it does McAdoo, it 100% does, I hate the giants but that’s terrible, Eli deserves better than to lose his start streak because a guy who looks like a pedofile thinks geno smith might be able to play

  22. Literally an insane decision. Makes zero sense. Either you’re planning to move Manning in the off-season, in which case you’ve just given up nearly all of the leverage you had, or you’re not planning to move Manning but seen fit to make him feel like he’d be better off anywhere else.

    Masterful. What a complete tool.

  23. The sweetest revenge would be Eli heading to Jacksonville then beating the crap out of the G-Men at home next season. Perfect timing for the NFC East to be playing the AFC South if the Jags can roll this year’s momentum in to 2018.


    Philip Rivers never got benched.
    Tony Romo never got benched.
    Hell, even Joe Flacco has never been benched even though half of his starts are a dumpster fire.

    This is amazing.

  25. MacAdoo is nothing but a tool and cat’s paw of ownership at this point. Believe me, this decision came from up on high; any decision to bench a guy with 210 consecutive starts and 2 championships is not made by a guy who is about to be canned in the interest of “doing the best thing for the team.” Ownership doesn’t have to worry about having the dirty hands now as MacAdoo can take the brunt before he and Reese are shown the door.

  26. I was born in Pittsburgh. Like 10th generation. My Dad died a Steelers/Penguins/Pirates fan. But an early move to NY made me a Giants fan. Steelers were always #2 until Ben became a predator. When Ben is gone, I’m a Steelers fan again. Mara just proved to me he has no class.

    My grandmother went to school with Art Rooney Sr. Our family has a ton of history with Pittsburgh sports legends and I’m related to 2 of them.

    I know the Giants and Steelers are combined at the hip. But those days are over. No class Giants Org. I’m going home.

  27. regaliaimagewear says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Eli will end up in the AFC East. All those teams need a QB to compete with the Patriots.
    Eli compete with the Patriots? Right.


  28. Flash1287 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    Eli Manning is 32-43 since the start of the 2013 season.
    The Giants as a team are 32-43 since the start of the 2013 season. Blaming Eli for it is just silly.

  29. Giants fans…think its time you can kill the talk about how “classy” your organization is.

    Probably should have expected this the way they handled Josh Brown. #karma

  30. ben mcAdoo… this decision means you are a puppet on a string…. the fact you acquiesced to senior management means you are a “poser”…. your players and the Giants fan have lost all respect for you…

  31. Not a Giants fan or much of an Eli fan but ending his streak to start Geno Smith is blasphemy to the football gods. If he was injured or the poor season was his fault, then yes. But that isn’t the case. It would be harder to argue against seeing what the new guy has but he isn’t even the one they’re going to start.

  32. McAdoo is a fool, but so are the Giants’ owners and Jerry Reece. What they are doing to Eli Manning is just wrong.
    it’s funny how this once classy organization has put up with the crap from O’Dell Beckham, and yet McAdoo throws Eli under the bus. Eli has always been a classy guy and he shows up every game and goes out there and gives it his best. Beckham on the other hand, has been anything but classy and has disappeared in big games, too.
    Anyone who thinks Eli had a chance to play well this year with the putrid offense the Giants have, should look again. To blame him for this teams’ problems — which clearly the Giants are doing — is beyond ridiculous.
    If they had any guts, they’d cut Eli right now. Then they’d see how fast other teams would be trying to pick him up, because he still has a lot of football left in him.
    This would never have happened years ago because Wellington Mara would have never allowed it to. He had too much class to do anything like that, something his son doesn’t have.
    The Giants are turning into the Jets by their stupid decisions and lack of accountability from their owners, the GM, and their head coach. Former Giants players have already come out and ripped them for this stupid decision.

  33. WriteSocially says:
    November 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm
    Who said Ben McAdoo was qualified to be a head coach? An evaluator of QB talent? Who said that?!!
    Eli. He went to bat for McAdoo during the hiring process.

  34. If you need to be looking at Geno and Davis to see if they are “viable options” then you as should be looking for a new line of work. The two of them don’t make one.

  35. I agree with almost all the posters above that this is the wrong decision except for the possibility that management wants as high of a draft choice as they can get come next spring. That is the only logic that makes sense here and if that is the case, Goodell and the NFL needs to step up and make an example of a team that “tanks” for a higher draft pick. You know the line, “for the integrity of the game” although Goodell could recognize integrity if it hit him in the face.

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