Eli would not even eat a hot dog.
That's what Chris Snee remembers about how his former field marshal and forever friend is connected.
Snee, a powerful guard for 10 years with the Giants, watched from afar when Eli Manning endured the strangest week of his life in the NFL, ending his run of 210 consecutive starts coming to an end strangely, with Geno Smith replacing him for last Sunday's game in Oakland. Snee, a consultant for the Jaguars, was in Jacksonville for staff meetings when he saw the video of a manning shaking standing in his locker trying to explain the unexplainable.
"When I saw the pain and emotion in his face and in his eyes he activated something with me and the rest of my teammates," Snee told The Post. "These are the ties that we will always have together, the love we have for each other and what we think of Eli. There is a way of doing things, and that is not the way I would have done it. "
Four days later, Snee turned on the television before leaving the house to watch one of her children play basketball. Manning's visual pregame and lost it, again.
"I saw him standing in the middle of the sideline, not knowing what to do," Snee said. "He seemed lost. It broke my heart again because I'm sure I was struggling to hold back the tears standing there on the bench. "
Snee has seen Eli look lost before. On August 21, 2010, Manning did not play in a preseason game with the Steelers after needing 12 stitches to close a wound on his forehead in the previous game against the Jets.
"If you're not playing, go to the back room, you have hot dogs, you play games in your iPad or whatever, "said Snee, who also did not play in that game." He returned there for about five minutes, sat down, with his laptop, looking at the game sheet, we were all stirring ribs and then he left us and came back and it helped whoever the Reserve Field Marshal was prepared for the game. It's wired differently, and that's why it's been as successful as it has been. "
Snee will not be at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, as Manning will regain his starting job when the Giants take on the Cowboys. Antrel Rolle, the former Giants safety and team captain, will be there, but officially, while working on the postgame program on MSG Network.
"For them to venture out and see what the other guys have, that's absolutely fine, "Rolle said." If you're not 100 percent sold, Eli is going to be your quarterback in the future, so you have to see what the other guys have. "I feel that the way they acted was wrong. You do not tell him he's going to start, basically to keep his streak in. You can make him start, play and see how the game is going, if there's no reason to get it out, I will not get it out of him. & # 39; & # 39;.
Rolle, like Snee, approached Manning after he hit the news that it was not going to start, a turn of events that Rolle found false.
"I feel it is very, very unfair to evaluate him under the circumstances he has been in, especially this year, without having any of his central receivers, without having any kind of enough play and obviously with an improvised offensive line," he said. Rolle. "He grew up in the Tom Coughlin system, he's a guy with 34 passes and 32 runs, we know exactly who Eli is and for most of this season, last season he could not be that guy."
Snee saw this episode as a "total lack of respect towards Eli and everything he did and everything he did". Give that team & # 39; & # 39; McAdoo is gone, but so is Manning's initial winning streak.
"I'm not blaming an individual, I'm not pointing fingers, I'm upset with the organization as a whole, there's more than one person in this decision," Snee said. "There's a lot intelligence and many people who have been there for a long time and know how things have been done in the past, the way the Giants have always been proud. For all the former players who spoke, it gives you an indication that this is not how things have always been done. "