Eli Manning “obviously disappointed” by benching

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When Giants quarterback Eli Manning met with reporters on Monday, he said that he didn’t want to deal with any hypothetical questions about what he’d do if the team opted to start Daniel Jones this week.

The hypothetical became the actual on Tuesday when the Giants announced that they have indeed opted to make a change at quarterback. Jones will start and Manning will serve as his backup after the Giants went 0-2 to start the season.

Manning said on Wednesday that he’s “obviously disappointed” that the team has opted to go in that direction, but knew that something like this is “part of the deal” when a team drafts a quarterback with the sixth overall pick. He said he wasn’t “going to go into” whether he felt misled about the Giants’ plans for the season and also fielded a question about waiving his no-trade clause.

“I’m just taking it day by day and figuring out how to run the scout team,” Manning said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Manning added that he’s not dying and the season’s not over, but running something other than a scout team again is likely dependent on injuries to Jones and other quarterbacks around the league. That’s a big shift for a player who has started all but one Giants game since the middle of the 2004 season.

22 responses to “Eli Manning “obviously disappointed” by benching

  1. The Jets would be logical. he’d just move to the other end of the building. Or the Saints as a temporary fix. His dad was a star in New Orleans. I’d assume he’d be welcomed to steer the ship for a veteran squad. There are places he’d be wanted right?

  2. He’s still getting millions for being on the team right? Not a lot of sympathy for him.

    He’s made over 200 million, defrauded fans with scam merchandise and could happily retire and do nothing but enjoy himself the rest of his life.

    Or he can choose to stay and run the scout team. Doesn’t seem like a difficult decision to me.

  3. If Eli played for the Patriots, he would still be playing. At this moment, there isn’t a single throw that Brady can make that Eli can’t, mobility wise they are about the same. They both have experience and have seen all sorts of defenses. In the end it comes down to who won the lottery of playing in the Patriots system.

  4. I know Eli is not as sharp as he used to be, and you can see him bailing to protect himself. But jeez…..for years he was on an island by himself while the rest of the team fell apart around him. All started when they canned Coughlin instead of Reese. Eli is a good soldier and 5 years from now he will not be able to pay for a beer for himself in New York. Thanks for the effort and class Eli, God Bless.

  5. “Or the Saints as a temporary fix. His dad was a star in New Orleans.”

    Eli is 38-59 since 2013. His QBR is 23rd-best in the NFL this year.

    What on Earth makes you think he’s currently any better than Teddy Bridgewater????

    Nobody is trading for Eli because Eli isn’t a good QB. It’s truly that simple.

  6. Because of his last name and a few decent throws while his defense completely frustrated Tom Brady, this guy has had a career and made lots of money. He should have said “I’m disappointed the Giants have come to their senses. I have enjoyed fleecing the organization for all these years. It’s sad they woke up and my joyride at their expense is now over”

  7. divan22 says:

    Nobody is trading for Eli because Eli isn’t a good QB. It’s truly that simple.


    Everytime people say Eli is not elite or he has lost a step the guy wins a Super Bowl. If I were the Saints I would take a flyer on that. The guy seems to perform best when he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

  8. He had a 92 rating last year with 21 td’s and 11 picks, 4300 yards. He’s not the worst starter in the league. Since 2013 he’s played for one of the worst teams in the league though. Reese destroyed the last 6 years of Eli’s career. Giants fans get it.

  9. Eli, THANK YOU for beating the Patriots in those two Super Bowls and earning MVP. It makes me smile to this day knowing their “fans” still complain about it (see comments in this article for proof). No matter what happens going forward, nobody can even steal those two gigantic upsets away from you.

    -Giants fan

  10. Everytime people say Eli is not elite or he has lost a step the guy wins a Super Bowl.

    Right, except for all those people who said it in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, or now.

  11. This is all part of the NFL. Manning replaced a HOF in Kurt Warner, it happens. If he thought it would be different for him, he should have retired a few years ago. It’s just life.

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