Eli Manning, the bench of the New York Giants: the right thing to do


It gives me the raw excitement about Eli Manning's bench with the Giants. Fans, former teammates, players throughout the league … mostly, believe that Ben McAdoo is heartless, unnecessarily cruel and does not appreciate the kind of a giant. (Everything may be true). They think that this is silly. It is not. It is right.

Regarding the management of McAdoo, tell me: How are you going to do exactly the mechanics of replacing a quarterback who has started each game for your team since mid-2004, who is the best tiebreaker? quarterback in his history, who is one of the most broken quarterbacks of all time, who has won two Super Bowls for his franchise, each time against tremendous odds, and against the best team of the last 50 years? There is not a good way. It stinks anyway. But the fact that the decision is difficult and causes pain and tears does not mean that it should not be done. You are hurting one of the players with more clbad in the history of the league. But you do it for the right reason. As Bo Schembechler once said, and as the Harbaugh Brothers have repeated over and over again, when asked about the motivation for this movement or movement, the reason is: "The team, the team, the team."

] The Giants are 2-9, playing for nothing. And the most important thing for this franchise is finding data for 2018, particularly March and April 2018, when you must decide if you want to use your first five option in a quarterback of the future, or if you want to ride a quarterback from 37 years at sunset. Maybe you want to do both. But think of the franchise here. Do not think about the person. When the person leaves, the franchise has to keep playing the games, and the best thing to do is to discover as much as possible about the people to replace that person. The way to do it is to find out what is behind Manning.

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My first thought when I heard the decision was, Good idea. But do not tell me Geno Smith is starting. We've seen enough of Geno Smith. I want to see Davis Webb, Cal's rookie gym rat, in the five remaining games.

But then I thought I would not hate Smith for a week on Sunday at Black Hole. Webb has been practicing only as an explorer quarterback this year, imitating what the opposing quarterback will do against the defense of the Giants. Presumably, whether this week or next, Webb will begin to practice with the Giants' first and second offenses. But one week for Smith. One week, while Webb gets his feet wet and makes final preparations to play the last four weeks so the Giants can see what they have on the young man, starting Dec. 10 against a ramshackle Dallas team.

As for what this means for the future, do not badume anything. Four points to make:

1. We do not know who the coach or general manager will be next year, so we can not know if this is the end for Manning with the Giants. Maybe the COO John Mara knows what he will do about the team; My instinct is that both McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese will be fired. But whether it's Reese or a new general manager, we're not going to meet Manning's fate for a while. It's easy to say, Eli will never dress for the Giants after this season, but that's an opinion. I can not see the Giants making the decision that Manning definitely left in the middle of this war train season. It has no logic

2. Manning has become a boy from Jersey, and he's not particularly emotional, so I doubt he thinks he's definitely finished in New Jersey. He used to divide the year between Jersey and his house in the south. Now he is mainly a suburban type of Jersey, his children in a great school, his life in total order. He has invested in the area. I always thought that I would never want to leave. This could obviously change things. But we are all guessing about the future.

3. Manning is smart enough to study his options in 2018 before doing something rash. The Broncos will want it, no doubt. John Elway could recreate the story; Six years after bringing Peyton Manning to Denver to restart his career, he could do the same with his brother. Jacksonville also, with Tom Coughlin importing the prize winner, won two Super Bowls. But what if McAdoo is fired and a coach who intrigues Manning, and who loves Manning, is hired? What would Josh McDaniels or David Shaw think of Manning and what would he think of them? In addition: Keeping Manning could allow the Giants to trade the second or third global team in 2018 (or whatever it is) for a treasure trove of draft options if the GM does not like the college quarterback crop, or if he feels that Manning has three or four good years left.

4. Your contract is a little complicated to negotiate. First: Manning has two years left, with $ 22 million in salary, $ 10 million in bonds on the list and $ 1 million in training bonuses. Two years, $ 33 million. Reasonable. But Manning also has a no-trade clause in the deal. That means you could refuse an exchange if you wish, or you could block an exchange to teams you did not want to play. It also means that if you choose to waive the non-exchange clause, the team that acquires it could sweeten the deal by adding money or time. It seems fair, for example, if Manning could add a year or two to the agreement if that puts him a little north of $ 20 million annually. I guess it's four years, $ 80 million could be the floor for Denver or Jacksonville or some surprise team (Manning's hometown, New Orleans, if Drew Brees leaves, for example). I can not see Manning staying if he does not like the 2018 braintrust or, even after two months to let the anger dissipate, he is still hurt by this. But as I say, Manning is more considered than revengeful. Probably take the best family and soccer decision, wherever that leads.

The more I see the Giants, the more I think Mara should fire McAdoo and Reese and start over with a new office and training staff. The equipment is stale. In addition to free agency defensive home runs hit in 2016 and picking Odell Beckham Jr., in 2014, Reese has had some cold streaks in the draft, and has not got the line right in front of Manning. If Mara allows Reese to choose another coach in 2018, what would happen if the Giants have a 5-11 record at # 18 and want to cut ties with Reese? Then the new general manager would be stuck with a coach he never chose. A clean break seems smarter. Then Manning can judge his best place for 2018, and the new ones can judge if they want Manning.

This is a new section of Monday's column this fall, as part of the MMQB partnership with State Farm. Each week, I ask an NFL person what their most valuable possession is, and why.

Everson Griffen, defensive end, Minnesota. "I would say that my high school ribbon from Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona … I got a big house, got cars, but I really appreciate this tape, because when I turn on the tape, every time I click on it, it reminds me of how much I love soccer, how hard I had to work to do it right and how fun high school was, football was, we have a little song playing in the highlights , a country song … I do not know what it is, but the words are something like, I do not give a damn about anything … Save a horse, ride a cowboy. I do not know. one of those songs that I always think of, I played running and ran to the quarterback, I ran for 1,250 yards and 24 touchdowns, and last year I had something like 16 and a half bags, man, I loved it. fun it was. "

Now for your email … [19659002] THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING FOR WOMEN
I always wait for Monday mornings, and as usual, you do not disappoint. Of all that I read, I was the most affected by the appointment of the female NFL reporter. As the father of two girls and the grandfather of two more, I am very sad that women are put in this position. That they can not just do their job. This is an issue, especially with all that is reported lately, that we would expect our political leaders to take the initiative, but unfortunately that will not happen. So, although I am sad to read it, thank you for publishing this, since the only way things will get better is to bring it to light and make people realize that they can not remain silent.
-Gary T., Monroe, Ga.

Thank you very much, Gary. Thanks really should go to Richard Deitsch, the great Sports Illustrated columnist who thought about making a longer piece by talking to reporters about his fate. I also have two daughters, and the way my wife and I raised them is to believe that they could become anything and do anything. It is discouraging that men in high places have been so often, and so recently, as well-intentioned and hard-working women who tried to climb the ladder.

An observation and a question: It seems to me that beating the Bills this year has become a kind of litmus test for the legitimacy of a team as a playoff contender. Keep in mind that some teams that lost to Bills-Oakland, Denver, Kansas City, Tampa-had high hopes at the start of the season. Other teams that had a less clear future – the Chargers, Panthers, Saints – beat Buffalo and look destined for the postseason. I'm not sure what that says about Buffalo or about those other teams. My question is whether the Bills can take advantage of a weak AFC to make the playoffs given the fact that New England appears on their schedule twice in the coming weeks. Given my observation, I would say that the Bills have won in a couple of games this year, so no.
-Dave B., Durham, N.C.

The Bills could make the playoffs, but I do not see how they could beat the Steelers or Patriots on the road, and I think the Chargers are clearly better. Reaching the playoffs 8-8 or 9-7 in one of the worst years the AFC has had in a long time should not be a positive signal for the Bills.

THE JEANS HAVE MORE CONSECUTIVE WINNING STATIONS THAN PATS [19659017] In today's MMQB, you write that the Patriots now have the NFL record in consecutive winning seasons at 17. That's close but not quite. The Dallas Cowboys have the record for the NFL's consecutive winning season in 20: 1966 through 1985. Also, although New England is impressive, they have done it with a quarterback (with apologies to Matt Cbadel and Jimmy Garoppolo for their contributions) , while Tom Landry and the Cowboys did it with five: Meredith, Morton, Staubach, White, Hogeboom (and White again), and apologized to Clint Longley and Glenn Carano for their contributions to the Garoppolo style.
-Mark J. [19659003] Thank you for pointing it out, Mark. Several others did, and I fixed it Monday morning. The Cowboys were great for more than two decades. By most historical standards, the Patriots have been better.

In your MMQB this week, you made the comment that the circumstances surrounding Greg Schiano's situation are "an embarrbadment to thinking people" and that those who shout loud enough can overcome the reason. I could not agree more with you. For me, there are at least two consequences of this problem in progress. First, the effort (or lack of it) of decision makers, such as the Tennessee AD and their team, to perform due diligence and make decisions is becoming less relevant than making sure that the criers are in agreement with you. Second, reflective people are less likely to hold positions of authority, as powerful people begin to believe that only the decision's reaction matters. Nowadays it has become more important to shout than to think. Sports often reflect society, and I'm afraid that's happening here. I hope to have touched bottom on this issue, and that rationality and respect begin to become fashionable.
-Benjy T., Statesboro, Ga.

Thank you, Benjy. We are in a strange moment in the history of our country. Intelligence and thought have been devalued. Who can shout louder has greater value. We'll see how long it lasts. I hope it's a fad, but I can not predict it.

Peter, what I think you're missing in Schiano's story is the credibility of the people involved. Mike McQueary has incredible credentials as someone willing to speak against power in spite of how it can affect him personally. If he said in a deposition that Tom Bradley told him that Schiano told him he saw Sandusky abusing a child, I completely believe him. Schiano is now admitting that he saw something and did not act or speak during the entire Penn State discovery. It is professional suicide and does not have the same credibility as McQueary. Alluding to Schiano is discrediting McQueary. He has proven to be sincere.
-David R.

I heard that, David and I respect McQueary for the chances he had of ruining his football. career. But tell me: in the 400 pages of the investigative report that former FBI chief Louis Freeh oversaw the Sandusky case, Schiano's name was not mentioned. In the testimony of the grand jury that McQueary gave, and the hours of testimony he gave in the case, he never mentioned the story of Schiano / Bradley. The story was a rumor: McQueary said that another coach, Tom Bradley, said it. After the McQueary deposition in 2015 with the charge of Schiano, no prosecutor went after Schiano for it. No lawyer for a victim went after Schiano, a wealthy former NFL coach, for no harm. Schiano denied it. Bradley said it was not like that. After all that, if you still want to believe that Schiano saw something, you certainly can. But it would not be backed up by facts.

The result of the dominant media is, in turn, a direct result of people in social networks that use their platform to announce a verdict of "guilty before proving innocent", which unfortunately environment where we live now How can you, as a columnist, use your platform to continually let your dismay be known by our current president? Can not this be considered as a mbadive lynching attack by the media, instead of an attack on social networks? Or can traditional media also influence social networks? However, this failed trainer hiring is considered a social injustice by you, because the people / alumni of the University of Tennessee did not want a trainer who could potentially have known about this abuse. Should this now be considered a social media lynching mafia? Are you not in fact guilty of the same accusations that you are publishing? I'm fed up with the powerful ones that are left using all the platforms they can to boost their agenda. I do not want to see politics in my sports and I probably do not want to see them in my sporting goods. I know you probably will not read this and some interns, but at least I have someone who reads it.
-Chad H.

My badistant and employee of The MMQB Kalyn Kahler, he chooses the mail every week, and I tell him that I want to read what people really think. So I appreciate your email. Many people feel what you feel, and I can not say that you are wrong and I am right. I do not know if I'm right. I only know that when the president does something that I consider absolutely stupid and insulting to the American people and terrible to the country, I'll point it out on Twitter or maybe in a part of my column's opinion. He has degraded the presidency and, in turn, the country, and, obviously, I am not afraid to say it. I do not want to wake up someday if something really disastrous happens as a direct result of the actions or inactions of this president and say: "Why did not I say anything? Why was I silent?" I respect your right to criticize me, but to say that it is a mob lynching media … Chad, I guess you did not spend any time in the journalism school in your life. I just wish you had. We're talking about calling it the way we see it, most of us, and trying to inform and comment on facts.

Actually, most of Vol Nation opposed the hiring of Greg Schiano because we had just fired a megalomaniac, a fan of control of a trainer at Butch Jones and we were about to hire the defensive version in Schiano! You, as an expert in the NFL should be aware of this. (Ask anyone in Tampa about it.) Yes, SOME people from the Vol Nation (the ones who received the entire press) were upset by the unproven allegations going back to their days at Penn State, and because of that, they should apologize. But the main objective of this is a fan base that says we will not settle for mediocrity again. I challenge you to respond.
-Gordon B., Roswell, Ga.

My answer is very simple: if you did not want him as a coach, your sports director should not have hired him to a memorandum of understanding to be the coach. Gordon, I'm only asking you to do this if you think Schiano was an absolute failure in Tennessee, and it's very possible that it was. Travel to New Jersey with me at the turn of the century. I lived in Jersey from 1985 to 2009. I saw the worst soccer team in Division I in the United States, year after year. Rutgers was 0-11 in 1997, 1-10 in 1999. Schiano arrived there in 2001. Rutgers reeked for four years. I remember attending a game in 2006 in Piscataway. I saw Erin Andrews there, doing secondary work for ESPN. Rutgers-Louisville. Rutgers was rated high; I forgot exactly how high, maybe 14 or 15 in the country. Louisville was fourth clbadified. Electric Environment Unbelievable Environment About 20 of Jersey's top high school players watched from the sidelines while Rutgers won. The team was ranked in the top 10 next week. In that I thought when I saw the rumors of Tennessee-Schiano on Sunday, before it exploded. "The AD must have investigated Schiano and seen what he did with the worst Division I program in the country," I thought. Anyway, I think I do not think the rent was as bad as everyone else's.

First, for the most part, I love your column. However, I feel that this week you missed a great connection. You talk about the collusion case against Colin Kaepernick as a result of his knee and no team wants to touch him. Then you will talk about the huge drop in grades. Do not you think there's a connection between falling grades and kneeling during the anthem? People are upset by these acts of protest and have stopped looking. So why would a team choose Kaepernick if they fear it will further damage their qualifications? And to unite another point, Schiano lost UT's work because of public protest! It seems we have to realize that all these things go hand in hand!
-Steven H., Pensacola, Florida

You're right. The anthem protests are certainly part of the ratings downgrade. We are going to write about the rankings in the coming weeks, and we will explore all the reasons.

You missed two obvious Goats of the Week: Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree. His selfish misbehavior cost each team one of its best players. Talib has a history of hurting his team with stupid things like that, not to mention his problems with weapons off the field. As the season of the Broncos is lost anyway, why not cut it to send a message to the rest of the team that this type of behavior is not acceptable?
-Ben, Boulder, Colo.

Talib is too good. He is one of the best six or eight best in the NFL, his teammates love him and he lost his mind. There is no defense of that. But also, at least in my opinion, it's not the reason why you would cut a star player either.

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