By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was crucified for his decision to bench Eli Manning. It would later be part of the reason for his firing.
“Right or wrong, I am at peace with how I handled the decision to play quarterbacks other than Eli Manning down the stretch of last season,” McAdoo said in Peter King’s first column at NBC. “I was not ending Eli’s career with the Giants; I was making sure we knew what we had behind him with a high draft choice prior to a big quarterback draft.”
“I do think it was special how his former teammates and the fans rallied around him that week. But if there’s one thing I want fans of the Giants to know, it’s that I made this call to try to make the Giants stronger for the future. It probably got me fired, but I believe I did the right thing for the right reasons.”
Now, it looks like McAdoo was not wrong for his decision. Manning’s play has fallen off drastically.
He went 3-12 as a starter last season, as he went 352 of 571 for 3,468 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 touchdowns.
It didn’t help that Manning was playing in front of a horrendous offensive line and the entire team is a mess right now. Manning was supposed to have a better offensive line this season with the addition of Nate Solder, but the line is still bad.
Manning has been dealing with calls on Friday morning for the team to move away from their once franchise quarterback. The 37-year-old New Orleans, Louisiana native went 24 of 43 for 281 yards with an interception in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.
Manning was pressured 18 times last night — the third most in a game that he played in over the past decade. He was 2-of-14 for 16 yards under pressure.
He looks like the Giants needed to move on from him last year, but they decided to keep him. And general manager Dave Gettleman and the coaching staff are regretting the move now.
They could have used the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on a quarterback. However, apparently, they did not feel like one was a franchise quarterback, so they took Saquon Barkley with the selection.
Barkley showed on Thursday that he’s going to be good in due time. However, it does not help that the Giants have a glaring need at the quarterback role.
Manning’s best game of the season came in their lone win. They defeated the Houston Texans in Week 3, as he went 25 of 29 for 297 yards with two touchdowns.
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