Davis Webb: Ben McAdoo promised him starts that never came

AP

If it seemed confusing on the outside when former Giants coach Ben McAdoo decided to snap quarterback Eli Manning‘s streak of 210 consecutive starts, the good news is it was just as confusing on the inside.

Via Ethan Sears of the New York Post, current Giants backup Davis Webb said he was promised the last three starts of last season, but that never happened.

Hey, the next three weeks, you’re in,” Webb recalled McAdoo saying, during an interview on WFAN.

That seemed like a reasonable plan, to start the untested rookie if you were going to pull the plug on the franchise quarterback during a lost season. But then when Manning refused to play a ceremonial first half against the Raiders, McAdoo went with journeyman Geno Smith, which basically led to a revolt that cost McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese their jobs.

And, for what it’s worth, Smith may dispute Webb’s version of events, with a vague tweet yesterday.

Either way, Webb never got his chance to prove himself, and McAdoo lost his best chance to justify parking Manning by not playing the unknown commodity.

“So I was ready to rock ‘n’ roll, and I was excited,” Webb said. “But at the same time, that was a rough day because Eli’s been the best teammate I’ve ever had. So I was really hurting for him.”

After the storm of public criticism, McAdoo was fired after the Raiders game, and Manning got his old job back under interim coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Now, Smith is backing up Philip Rivers with the Chargers, Webb’s still waiting for his first NFL action, and the Giants still don’t know if he can play well enough to trust him as Manning’s backup. It was one of the many things that went wrong last year.

10 responses to “Davis Webb: Ben McAdoo promised him starts that never came

  1. 210 Consecutive starts, and the question is … can they trust Webb as Manning’s backup?

  2. New HC, if Davis Webb is any good the HC will notice that in practice.
    The problem is he may not get any playing time because they will probably doggedly stick with Eli Manning regardless of how bad he is.

  3. Once the season was lost, I understood the concept of benching Eli. But only for the purpose of seeing what you have in Davis Webb. Starting Geno Smith made ZERO sense. You already know who Geno is — a dead end who is a backup QB at best.

    Perhaps one day Ben McAdoo will mature into a genuine head coach, but last year proved the job was clearly too big for him.

  4. floriosnuts says:
    August 8, 2018 at 9:27 am
    mediocre coach lies to mediocre player. Stop the presses!
    _________________________________________

    Zero NFL game tape on Webb to call him a mediocre player..

    Has all the ability to play the position..

  5. kevines255 says:
    August 8, 2018 at 7:22 am
    At least they ran that bum Tom Coughlin out of town…

    ——

    You do realize the Giants have gone to hell since Coughlin left. And coincidentally, the Jags have improved vastly. I’m a fan of neither.

  6. I have an honest question for NY Giants fans. I’m a Patriots fan so I’ve seen Eli’s greatest moments up close but do you fans really think that Eli is a good quarterback? Yes he had his moments during those Super Bowl years, especially 2011 where I thought he was the best player on any team in the playoffs that year, but it’s also been kind of a bumpy ride with him. I ask because when he was benched last year it seemed like all the fans went crazy and demanded that he be put back in. I’ve looked at his numbers throughout his career and they’re really average at best so I was curious how Giants fans really felt about him. Overall I’ve never thought of him as a good quarterback because he’s way too inconsistent and throws way too many picks but it seems like Giants fans think he one of the best in the league. I was curious what you guys honestly thought about him

  7. rparrott4 says:
    August 8, 2018 at 10:40 am
    kevines255 says:
    August 8, 2018 at 7:22 am
    At least they ran that bum Tom Coughlin out of town…

    ——

    You do realize the Giants have gone to hell since Coughlin left. And coincidentally, the Jags have improved vastly. I’m a fan of neither.

    I can’t speak for the original poster, but I’m giving it 98% odds he was being sarcastic.

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