With the New York Giants’ season utterly uncontrolled and the postseason practically out of attain, now appears as an excellent a time as any to make wholesale modifications to the lineup, if not the group.
One day after Big Blue’s protection surrendered essentially the most factors (51) within the Meadowlands in franchise historical past, it wasn’t Steve Spagnuolo’s unit that earned the media’s ire. Instead, it was Eli Manning, the Giants’ beginning quarterback since 2004 who’s piloting an injury-riddled offense and is now receiving requires his benching.
When requested whether or not Eli was “his quarterback” going ahead, embattled Giants coach Ben McAdoo informed reporters Monday that the veteran might be his starter … that’s, till he is not.
“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 stated. “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.”
Through eight video games, Manning has led the Giants to a disappointing 1-7 file and has notably misplaced zip and accuracy on his downfield pbades. He’s additionally been with out three broad receivers, most notably Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, and a reliable offensive line for fairly a while now. All that thought-about, Eli has compiled the very best completion proportion and the bottom interception proportion of his profession via Big Blue’s half-season stoop. Reason would have it, on a aggressive group, Manning nonetheless gives you the very best probability to win soccer video games.
But with just one win to their title, the Giants are past contending for a postseason berth. They will not admit it, however the group’s eyes have moved towards the longer term. Hence McAdoo’s hedge.
Behind Manning on the depth chart are two totally different choices. There’s former Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who is probably going a profession backup, and rookie QB Davis Webb, drafted within the third spherical out of Cal. Are both of those guys New York’s quarterback of the longer term? Does the group even wish to discover out?
As the Giants proceed to lose video games — six of their remaining eight opponents are a minimum of .500 — they improve their probabilities of gaining the highest decide in subsequent 12 months’s supposedly QB-heavy draft. Names like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen are there for the taking, particularly now that the winless 49ers have their franchise signal-caller in Jimmy Garoppolo. The Giants have wants at different positions too — Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, a shoe-in top-five decide, would fill an instantaneous gap of their backfield — however with the 36-year-old Manning getting old out of the place and New York primed for a rebuild, and restructuring, the Giants have to begin evaluating their quarterback room sooner relatively than later.
Whether that begins with benching Manning and seeing what they’ve in Geno or Webb is as much as McAdoo, whose job is now simply as insecure as his quarterback’s.