It looks like the Eli Manning era in New York might be coming to an end. Today, Giants coach Ben McAdoo announced that he was benching the team’s longtime QB in favor of Geno Smith.
“Geno will start this week,” McAdoo said. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity.”
Manning, who has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, seems to be taking the whole thing in stride and issued a classy statement in response to getting benched.
Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning said. “My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”
Update: Eli spoke to the media and he was fighting back tears when asked if he thought his time with Giants was over.
Of course the Internet had jokes about Smith taking over the helm in New York.