Eli Manning Will Be Benched And I Am Embarrassed To Be A Giants Fan

Giants.com – For the first time in more than 13 years, the Giants are changing starting quarterbacks. Coach Ben McAdoo announced today that Geno Smith will start in place of Eli Manning when the Giants face the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday. Rookie Davis Webb will also play, if not this week, then sometime before the end of the season. “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 has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s 297. He has started every Giants game since Nov. 21, 2004, when he took over for veteran Kurt Warner in the 10th game of his rookie season. Manning has also started 12 postseason games, and twice led the Giants to Super Bowl victories.

Manning was given the option of starting against the Raiders to keep the streak alive, but declined. “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.”

November, 28 2017 – I am embarrassed to be a New York Giants fan.

What a sad day to be a Giants fan. This is rock bottom. I’m at a loss for words. You know what? Scratch that. I have too many words to say about how this decision is the worst organizational move in over a decade. Yes, this is worse than forcing Tom Coughlin out of town, which honestly, I got over the move because it was best for both parties. I didn’t like how it happened with Coughlin because he should not have been forced to resign. He deserved to finish his contract, but that was then and this is now.

Now, Eli Manning has been benched for Geno Smith and eventually, Davis Webb. For starters, if you blame Eli Manning for this season, you haven’t been watching the games. Eli has not played well, but do you see what he’s working with? 19 players are on injured reserve. Beckham, Marshall, and Harris are hurt. Shepherd has missed 4 games. They have no running game. The offensive line can’t block. You can’t make chicken salad with chicken shit so how can you expect Eli to win games? I haven’t even mentioned the defense yet.

We know the writing was on the wall. Eli Manning had 1, maybe 2 years left as the Giants QB. He’s been the epitome of class. He helped us win 2 Super Bowls. He has started for over 200 games. Eli gets crushed every week. Takes big hit after big hit. Gets destroyed in the media on a regular basis. And yet, he shows up to work each and everyday. ELI. SHOWS. UP. That’s something that no one else on this team can say. Yet, Eli and his legacy were just shit on.

Eli Manning built this whole organization for the past decade. Everyone who has ever had a job in the Giants organization should thank Eli Manning. I’m looking at you, Jerry Reese.

This is why this decision hurts.

Eli gave his blood, sweat, and tears for this franchise. He does not deserve this. The man has won 2 Super Bowl MVPs. He’s started over 200 games straight and he gets benched…………………………………………………..

for Geno Smith.

GENO SMITH.

Not Davis Webb, but Geno Smith.

Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer. He does not deserve this disrespectful treatment. Ben McAdoo just said in his press conference that “Geno Smith gives us the best chance to win this week.” Excuse me while I destroy this computer. I’m so embarrassed right now.  I do not care if Geno Smith wins every game by more than 100 points. This move is such a slap in the face to Eli. To think Ben even offered Eli the chance to start just to keep his streak in tact. Hmmm you said you were going to bench the guy, but you’re giving him the opportunity keep his streak alive by starting him for a half? Why would Eli accept that offer? Good for Eli. He should take that offer and throw it back in McAdoo’s face.

Eli, I truly wish you the best. You deserve so much better than to be disrespected by the team who you have given your everything to. I hope you go somewhere else where you have a chance to win. I seriously mean that. Escape this dumpster fire right now. However, I know you are too classy to ever speak badly about the Giants. That’s why you are best.

Thank you, Eli. Thank you.

Eli Manning Needs To Start AND Davis Webb Needs To Play

Just when you think that things could not get any worse, Ben McAdoo decided to weigh in on the face of the franchise and his playing time.

NFL.com – When asked whether Eli was “his quarterback” going forward, embattled Giants coach Ben McAdoo told reporters Monday that the veteran will be his starter … that is, until he isn’t.

“Eli, he’s our quarterback. But that doesn’t mean at some point in time, we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him,” McAdoo said. “Every position needs to be held accountable and every position needs to play to a high standard. Same thing with the coaches. And obviously, when you lose in the fashion that we lost yesterday, it’s not good enough. Anywhere. Coaching or playing.”

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Why Ben, why? The defense just got slaughtered by the Rams, giving up the most points, 51, at the Meadowlands in franchise history. Yet, it’s Tuesday morning, and all people can talk about is the “quarterback controversy.” Eli is my dude and he deserves his fair share of blame. The last couple games have been hopeless because of injuries, but those first 5 games could’ve changed our season had we won a few instead of lost. Eli did not play well in a few of those games and you know who would be the first to tell you that? Eli Manning, because that’s the type of guy he is, one who takes responsibility.

That being said, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit. Look at what Eli has had to work with. Beckham and Marshall are done for the year and Shepherd has been injury prone. Running game? Nope. Offensive line? Bigger nope. Defense wearing down and playing crappy? Absolutely. Locker room problems? Hell yes. COACHING PROBLEMS? YOU BET! We won 11 games last year. We’re a talented team. It just hasn’t worked out this year. That’s baseball, Suzyn. This has been a season from hell, but to say this is all on Eli is ludicrous.

Eli Manning is the starting quarterback and it should remain that way until his contract runs out. Despite having no weapons, Eli has compiled the highest completion percentage and the lowest interception percentage of his career. He’s still a top 20 QB and that’s with me as the number 1 receiver. Imagine if he was on a team in contention? You don’t think the Jaguars, Bills, Ravens, Dolphins, and Texans would love to have Eli right about now? Eli has earned this job through his talent, toughness, and ability to come through when the pressure is at an all-time high. It’s a slap in the face to bench him.

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Eli Manning is the starting quarterback of this team, but Davis Webb needs to play. The Rams were beating us by 30 last week. Why didn’t Davis come in during the 4th quarter? There’s no reason for Eli to be out there. Zero. We can’t win and we need Eli healthy. Eli playing during blowouts helps no one. I’ll tell you who it would help: David Webb. We spent a 3rd round pick on the kid so obviously management sees some potential.  Let’s see what the kid has to offer in a regular season game. I’m not saying he is the heir apparent to Eli, but it doesn’t hurt to see if Davis can play in the big leagues. We’ve got absolutely nothing to lose.

What I would do: Treat the second half of every game like it’s the preseason. If we’re down by less than 20, Eli plays, no questions asked. If we’re losing by more than 20, Davis Webb plays. Eli is still the starter, but Webb gets his playing time. I think that’s the compromise that needs to happen in a season that belongs in the toilet.

The New York Giants Need To Clean House

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After last weekend’s debacle, it is clear that the Giants have serious problems. Maybe we knew this already, but the latest loss cemented it. Following their upset win against Denver, some hopeful fans were fooled into thinking they would be competitive going forward. Denver lost 21-0 against a Chargers team that had not won at home since moving from San Diego, so clearly the win over Denver was more about the Broncos losing with an awful performance. Fans are delusional. You might have heard somebody say that the term fans is short for fanatics. We want some hope. Even Jets fans have a tough time rooting for the team to tank.

Frustrating play is unfortunately common right now in the NFL. Teams are way too conservative. Often I prefer to call them stupid. In the past week I saw two quarterbacks throw passes away on fourth down when trailing to avoid pressure late in a game. It allowed the opponents to kneel and run off what time was left. Basically, those teams just waved a white flag. I’m not sure if this was to prevent an interception or some momentary mental lapse. As for the Giants, we saw a lot of this silly play during their opening loss against Dallas.

I’ll focus on the Seattle game. Their first drive was a sign of things to come. Needing six on third down, Eli Manning found Evan Engram for three yards. This drive continued after a running into the kicker penalty, but they would eventually punt anyway. That’s the main problem. Throw passes that can get a first down. It’s not third and five miles. They are too conservative. I understand not wanting to turn it over and take chances when you are tied or close, but seven points will not win the game.

When you fall behind late, you’ll need to take chances. The defense will know this. They will be ready and waiting. Even when the Giants get down, they still do these worthless short passes. I know Seattle has more talent, but they tossed one fairly deep for a touchdown on second and goal from the 22. Seattle was down 7-3. After going ahead the Seahawks continued to be aggressive, including a flea flicker. At 10-7 Seahawks, the Giants were driving. A false start set them back to third and 11. I knew they would not throw a pass that far. The completion for one yard moved them to Seattle’s 29. They tried a fairly long field goal to tie it. The kick was no good. It seems like the Giants don’t even really attempt to score sometimes. Certainly no desperation. Whatever they’re trying is not working.

I know guys are injured and they have line problems, but throw it deep sometimes. At least far enough for a first down. Especially when you are losing. Maybe 30 years ago you could play like this with a great defense and strong running game. We are in an offensive era, and I keep hearing about what a tremendous quarterback they have.

The bottom line is people should go. Obviously Eli needs more protection. Their line is bad, and the running game has not been great. Holes were not plugged. Jerry Reese has been around for a long time, and I think he should be out. Whoever is responsible for these short passes on third down also needs to leave. I don’t know if it is McAdoo, Sullivan, or Manning. Just to be sure we get the guilty party, everybody can hit the road.

Giants Week 6 Review: We Won?

When you think the Giants are going to zig, they zag. Hand up. I’ll say it. I expected the Giants to get blown out and I’d be done watching at halftime. There was no way this team would come back after another agonizing defeat last week. The team was missing OBJ, B Marsh, and Shep. They were 13.5 point underdogs. The O-line was going to get embarrassed by Von Miller and the boys.

Isn’t football a funny game? We are the greatest 1-5 team in the history of football. The Giants looked like an actual football team last night. It was a weird feeling because I haven’t felt that way about this team since December 2016. A couple of quick notes:

– How did Paul Perkins start for this team for so long? Orleans Darkwa has shown over the past couple of weeks that he should get the majority of the carries. 21 for 117 is something I didn’t even know was possible from a Giants running back. Gallman as the #2 RB is also a fine compliment. These two should be the only ones who run the ball from here on out.

– Evan Engram is going to be a problem for opposing defenses for years to come. He’s the fastest TE in the league and continues to cause matchup problems. I see a 800 yards, 8 TD year in the near future.

– The O-line easily had its best performance last year. Eli did get hit a decent amount last night, but a lot of those were coverage sacks so that’s not entirely on the O-line. It’s amazing how balanced we can be when the O-line blocks well.

– I expect this topic to be brought up on every NY radio show. “Are the Giants better without Odell Beckham Jr?” The easy answer is no, and the hard answer is no. We are a better team with OBJ on the field. That’s not an opinion; it’s a fact. However, could the team do without his on-the-field and off-the-field antics? Absolutely. I would not say this injury was a blessing, but maybe some time away from the game will be good for Beckham and help his maturation process. We will need him next year.

– The defense showed that they can still be a Top 5 defense when they’re playing well. From start to finish, the defense made big play after big play despite giving up 412 yards of offense. All of the big plays were timely and came in big spots. JPP and Jackrabbit were on another level last night.

Final Thoughts

Super Bowl here we come!

Kidding, but it was nice to get a win. I said it’s not in our nature to tank so the Gmen are going to play hard every game. They have Seattle coming to town this week before the bye. Anything can happen in the National Football League.

Giants Week 5 Review: Goodnight, Season

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0-5. Not good! Not good at all!

I skipped last week’s review of the game just because I was in shock that we lost again. So I was expecting to write a great review of the Giants game because there was no way we were going to lose to the Chargers, who always struggle when they come to the East Coast.

Chargers 27, Giants 22.

That escalated quickly. You know what, we lost the game, fair and square. We sucked and the Chargers capitalized. That’s football. However, we not only lost the game, but we have lost the last 24 hours.

  • Beckham – Done for the year
  • Shep – Day-to-day, probably won’t play next week
  • B Marsh – Probably going to miss a few game
  • Dwayne Harris – Done for the year
  • Vernon – Still hurt
  • Casillas – Day-to-day
  • Landon – Day-to-day
  • YA Tittle – died

I can’t even write a cohesive article because I’m do upset and disappointed. I don’t even want to write a game review because I can’t review another loss. I had such high hopes for this team, and now, people are talking about tanking. I don’t think it’s in our DNA to tank, but the way we’re playing, we’ll be lucky to win 4 games.

Football was fun while it lasted! Time to root for…yeah I got nothing.

Giants Week 3 Review: Anything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong

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The 2017 New York Giants Team Slogan – Murphy’s Law Is Real.

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong and trust me, everything went wrong. I’m not sure if you know this, but the Giants lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Eagles yesterday, 27-24 on a game-winning 61 yard boot. The Giants did not deserve to be out there on the field for the first half. Things finally clicked in the 2nd half and we still found a new way to lose. This one hurts.

Here are my thoughts from the game

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– The Giants were cooking on the first two drives, easily crossing into Eagles territory. However, a dropped Odell Beckham pass and a pitch sweep (LOL) on 3rd and inches stalled both drives. Convert one of those plays and the Gmen are in field goal range.

– Play calling. Is it time for Benny Big Balls to give up the reins on play calling? Personally, I’m not a fan of head coaches calling plays. You’re the head coach. You have to have a say in every play call and pay attention to every play. You’re essentially ignoring one side of the ball for a few minutes after every drive. That being said, the play calling for most of the game was not good. Very suspect. Pitch sweep on 3rd and inches? Fade to the corner on 3rd and goal? Look what happened when we opened it up at the end of the 3rd quarter / 4th quarter. Good things happened. I think Ben will call plays next week, but if we lose that as well, it’s time to give it up.

– Insert sentence again about how the Giants can’t run the ball. All I have to say is Orleans Darkwa needs to carry the ball more. Although I heard he was injured at the end of the game so hopefully he’s ok.

– Olivier Vernon, please be ok.

– Our run defense yesterday giving up 193 rushing yards

– Speaking of kickers, good for Aldrick Rosas hitting a big field goal yesterday. I’ve liked what I have seen so far.

– The final 2 plays of the first half. First of all, what the hell is a catch? It’s a reoccuring joke to tweet that out on a close play, but seriously, what is a catch? Yes, I’m bitter because it happened against the Giants, but the Calvin Johnson rule is so dumb. 2 feet and control in bounds makes it a catch, but losing possession of the ball when you hit the ground and are out of bounds does not make it a catch? Wild. However, a pass on 3 and inches from shotgun is a recipe for diaster. We can’t run the ball whatsoever, but you have to run the ball there. Hell, let Eli try to sneak it in. At least if you run it on 3rd down, the defense won’t call an all out blitz like they were on 4th down. Screw that 4th down call. You knew they were not getting in. Horrible sequence of events.

– Eli played pretty well in my opinion. When he gets time, he shows you flashes of greatness. He did not lose us the game. The offensive line also sort of played ok. Flowers will still get killed in the media, but once again, they put us in a situation to win the game. It was the penalties against Flowers that hurt more than his ability to block.

– Glad to have Odell Beckham Jr and his end zone celebrations back. The most talented WR in the game today.

– This was the beast of a receiving trio I was salivating over in the offseason. Spoiler alert: Good things happen when you give your best players the ball.

– John Jerry holding an Eagles defender and costing us a first down was a wild, wild move. Can’t believe it happened.

– Well, it’s time to talk about Lemony Snicket’s latest novel, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Final Two Drives.

– The 3 and Out. 7 yard pass on first down. Ok, fine with that. Flowers penalty on next play to back them up. Not the end of the world. ANOTHER Flowers penalty on the next play. Starting to say FML. Vereen grab for 3 yards and he RUNS OUT OF BOUNDS. It was at this point where I knew something bad was going to happen. Pass to Engram is short of a first down.

– The punt…SHANK!!!!!!!!!! 28 yard punt by Brad Wing with the game on the line. Was Matt Dodge punting? Now I knew something bad was about to happen.

– The pass to Jeffery on the sidelines. We tackle him in-bounds and we go to Overtime. Instead, Eli Apple (of course) and Jenkins run into each other in mid-air and Jeffery steps out of bounds with 1 second left. You truly cannot script this.

– If you didn’t think the kick by rookie Jake Elliot was going in, then I’m not sure you are a real Giants fan. I knew the game was over before the snap. Props to him on the kick though. Pretty damn impressive.

Final Thoughts 

0-3. We are at an interesting point in the season especially if we don’t win next week. I’ve heard rumblings, but I think the topic of conversation on sports radio this week will be “Should we tank for a QB?” I don’t think this is the move we should be doing, but if we lose next week to Tampa Bay, the tanking conversation will skyrocket.

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Giants Week 2 Review: Allergic To Offense

Well, I for sure did not envision an 0-2 start. I don’t even know where to begin honestly. 24-10 loss. I think Murphy’s Law best describes the Giants disastrous start: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Has there even been a bright spot? It’s really hard to pick one out honestly. The defense is on the field too long, the offense is allergic to playing offense, special teams gave up a punt return TD last night. I haven’t hit the panic button yet, even though I’m super close to flipping up the glass case and hitting the red button.

Here are my thoughts from the game

– I have to start with the offensive line, or lack there of. Richburg and Pugh are solid, but the rest is a crapshoot. I almost feel bad picking on Ereck Flowers at this point. It’s just kicking a man when he’s down. I think he even knows at this point he can’t play tackle. His counterpart, Big Bob Hart, got hurt on the 2nd play of the game so that didn’t help. I don’t know what the Gmen can do at this point. Eli was sacked 5 times and under pressure constantly. Eli is not Russell Wilson. He needs time and simply put, he’s not getting any.

– Back to Eli. When he does have time, he seems to be holding onto the ball too long, waiting for big routes to develop. At this point in time, we can’t do that with the personnel on the field. Eli has not looked good. Our offense is all based on rhythm and timing. Short drives, turnovers, and sacks are damaging this offense. A lot of this has to fall on Eli’s shoulders and the future Hall of Famer knows that.

– I don’t want to talk about the running game.

– SCREW THIS KICK

– Time to talk about Benny Big Balls aka Benny Mcadoobie aka Ben McAdoo. A lot of the blame has to fall on his shoulders. Why did we not use our timeouts at the end of the first half to try and get the ball back with some time? Why do we continue to run draws on second down for 1 yard? Why can’t our offense get in sync? A lot of this is coaching which takes us to the 4th and goal call. Both Ben and Eli are to blame. If we’re going for it, fine. But get a play in on time. Eli got the play with about 18 seconds left on play clock. You know he’s going to audible at the line. If you knew we were going for it right away, why are we dicking around for over 20 seconds? Make a call and stick with it. Don’t just say it’s “sloppy quarterback play.” That’s a bad look. Yes, Eli has played sloppy, but to call him out in front of the media? It’s definitely not the route I would go and I think callers on WFAN and ESPN are going to kill Benny Mac on the phone lines today.

– Nice to have Odell back even if he’s not 100%.

– When did Stafford become Mike Vick?

– I kept asking myself if the team knew we had Brandon Marshall and after I said that, he dropped a critical pass that would’ve been a 30 yard gain with momentum on our side. That’s on me. Instead, it lead to a punt and then…yeah I’m not talking about the punt return.

– I like what I’ve seen out of Evan Engram. He is a good pass catcher that will only get better as he gets more reps. Crotch grab though on a TD – bold move, Cotton.

– Lions turnover to Eli interception was the turning point of the game. Eli throws that ball on the money to Engram and it’s a first down and our offense is cooking.

– We need Janoris Jenkins healthy in order to run our defense. Eli Apple is not a #1 cornerback right now and last night, he was exposed on multiple plays.

– Once again, I don’t want to make excuses for the defense, but they didn’t play that badly. They forced turnovers, made the Lions punt in big situations, and kept them close the whole game. I think the offense letting them down and keeping the D on the field has a lot to do with them giving up points. If this offense can score, that’s when our defense feasts.

– There’s this stat going around.

Final Thoughts 

Time to look up “how many 0-2 teams have made the playoffs?”

The season is not over, but next week is a must-win in Philly and I hate using that term in Week 3. People were saying how the Giants could win the division and I was one of them. Win the division? I just want to be winning after a quarter. Eli and Ben, kiss and make up because we need you two to be on the same page again.

Giants Week 1 Review: That Was A Preseason Game, Right?

So uhhhh yeahhhh last night’s game sucked. 19-3 on opening night is actually not a good way to start a season. No other way to put it. I had high hopes for the game up until Odell Beckham Jr. was ruled inactive. My confidence went from “we’re going to dominate this game” to “it would be nice to steal this win without our best player.” It’s now safe to assume that my mindset was totally off and it should’ve been “we are going to embarrass ourselves on national TV.” Last night was embarrassing. After a playoff exit last year, I thought we would come out firing on all cylinders but that was not the case. We forgot how to play offense for the whole game besides the opening drive of the 2nd half. I’ll get into it in a bit, but our defense looked great.

Here are my thoughts from the game

– Did the Giants play offense last night?

– Obviously, Odell Beckham Jr. not playing last night was a major, major loss. I didn’t think we would play that poorly without him. Take away your star player who the offense revolves around and every team will struggle. I don’t care what team you are. When he gets back, this team will remember how to play offense.

– Business talk: Last night just gave OBJ a SHIT TON of leverage in terms of contract talks. He could hold out now and the Gmen would be forced to pay him. He’s that valuable and last night proved it. He won’t get QB money, but he will 100% be the highest paid receiver going into next season.

– Does Eli know we signed Brandon Marshall last night? I’m still waiting for him to catch a ball with more than 1 minute left on the clock in a meaningless game.

– The people who make the “Giants and Jets scored less than the Yankees yesterday” jokes probably still make Harlem Shake videos.

– Our line is not good. I’m sorry, I’ll fix that. Our line was awful last night. Granted, we ran 18 plays as an offense in the first half last night so it’s not just their fault, but Eli was getting CRUSHED during those 18 plays. Eli is not Mike Vick. He does not use his legs often. He’s all about getting the ball and quick and timing routes. If we can’t give him enough time to quickly get rid of the ball in a West Coast offense, we are in trouble. Center and guards are ok, but I have a bad feeling that the right and left tackles will once again be a revolving door. Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart did not look good by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe a Week 1 Butt Whooping is exactly what they needed to be put into check in order to come out firing next week.

-We still can’t run the ball. Perkins and Darkwa combined for 30 yards total. I think Zeke Elliot can get that with his eyes closed. Granted, Zeke has the best offensive line in the game. People are not sold on Perkins, but I think that’s a bit premature. He definitely has talent. We just need to give him opportunities to shine. However, Darkwa had a nice first down run last night and every Giants fan will know what run I’m talking about because it was our only running highlight. Darkwa needs more carries.

– If there is one thing we learned last night, our defense is very, very, very good. The game should’ve been 35-0. The Cowboys were dominating us from the very beginning. Our offense had the ball for just over 9 minutes in the first half. NINE MINUTES. The defense were on the field for an eternity and they only gave up 1 TD to one of the most efficient offenses in the game. Snacks was dominant. Vernon and JPP had nice games. Jackrabbit and Collins flew all over the place in the secondary. I still have questions about our linebackers, but at least they play hard. We have a Top 5 defense, but if we can’t get off the field, they will break eventually.

– Eli had a bad game. I am biased so the sky is not falling for me. Eli is Eli. You take the good with the bad. He is still our QB and he can still produce. He just didn’t play well last night.

Final Thoughts 

Let’s throw this game out of our minds. That was the first time since the Packers game that all of the starters played 4 quarters in a game. This team is still good and should go to the playoffs. If we beat the Lions on Monday night, everything goes back to normal. Don’t panic…yet.