Giants find their replacement for Manning

Marcus Newton
December 3, 2017

Suffice it to say Strahan was irate over the Giants' treatment of the quarterback that has started 210 consecutive regular season games - a streak that will come to an abrupt end Sunday.

GIANTS head coach Ben McAdoo insisted he has no regrets about how the benching of quarterback Eli Manning was handled and he is "on the same page" as team co-owner John Mara.

Reese had already spoken to McAdoo about the same thing and the second-year coach chose to make the move Tuesday, after the Giants (2-9) returned from an extended Thanksgiving weekend break.

Instead, Smith will try to propel the Giants to a win Sunday when he starts his first game since October 23, 2016.

"My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them", Manning told the media on Tuesday.

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Week 13 is upon us and for many fan bases, the 2017 NFL Season is all but over.

Nearly every player that shared the field with Manning at one point - and even some that didn't - have come to Manning's defense about the manner in which the Giants went about announcing he would be relieved of his starting duties. Brady can't help but respect that.

"I think we're all surprised and disappointed, and I don't think they handled it very well", Strahan said during an interview with NFL Network on Thursday.

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who was in the same draft class as Manning in 2004 (and was part of a draft-day deal which sent Manning to New York) and has spent his entire career in the Chargers organization, voiced his opinion as well. "When you see him get that emotional, it's tough".

The decision to put Manning on the bench also brought statements from former teammates, including Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. "And with four games to go that aren't going to change the season one way or another. this is just not right". I mean, who would have ever believed that? But Brady is right: This is an unfortunate situation.

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