Eli Manning made it clear — simply in case there are any misconceptions over how he feels about being the New York Giants beginning quarterback.
“I want to play,” Manning stated Tuesday. “That’s what I like to do. I like to play football and play quarterback.”
Manning has heard the rising dialogue about whether or not the Giants ought to bench their 36-year-old, two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and try rookie Davis Webb. The Giants are 1-7 and gained’t make the playoffs this season, and Manning has been no higher than mediocre, finishing 63.2 p.c of his pbades with 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
While confirming Manning would begin Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the 49ers, head coach Ben McAdoo on Monday added, “but that doesn’t mean at some point in time we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.”
For starters, the Giants ought to by no means ever pressure Manning to voluntarily finish his unbelievable streak of consecutive begins. He’ll make his 208th straight in opposition to the 49ers, tying older brother Peyton for second place all-time behind Brett Favre. The streak means one thing to Manning and may by no means been interrupted merely to check out one other quarterback.
“I’m happy to be out there each and every week with my teammates,” Manning stated. “It’s a goal of mine to stay healthy and play through injuries and be accountable. It’s important for me to be there for my team. It’s not about breaking a record.”
The Giants aren’t going wherever as a result of their offensive linemen haven’t performed effectively, the protection isn’t practically pretty much as good because it was final 12 months and accidents have decimated the roster. Replacing Manning with Webb isn’t going to alter any of that. Putting the third-round draft decide from California in at this stage would possibly truly do extra hurt than good ought to he be buried below a barrage of sacks, turnovers and ruined reps.
Manning, in his 14th season, has not performed effectively this 12 months. He was fast to rid himself of the ball in earlier video games and is now lacking receivers when there are alternatives to make performs. But Manning deserves the good thing about the doubt. He has two Super Bowl rings; he carries himself with clbad; and he’s the face of the franchise. All of that earns him the possibility to make one thing of this mess.
If there are extra blowouts just like the Rams’ 51-17 destruction of the Giants final Sunday at MetLife Stadium, then Webb or Geno Smith can enter late in video games and get their reps. But Manning deserves to proceed beginning as a result of he’s nonetheless being paid to be the Giants beginning quarterback. He’s not in denial about the best way issues have gone this 12 months. He has been by means of the highs and lows earlier than.
“I understand that I’ve got a job to do and I’ve got to it better and do it well and get better and get wins,” he stated. “If you don’t, everybody’s job is up for grabs.”
Asked if he understood all of the chatter over whether or not he must be benched, Manning supplied a one-word reply that dripped with sarcasm: “Sure,” he stated.
Manning tried to speak up the positives from the Giants’ worst residence loss in 19 years. He didn’t point out turning into the seventh quarterback in NFL historical past to go for greater than 50,000 yards. He did level out the 111 yards dashing and changing Eight-of-16 in third-down conditions. The turnovers — two misplaced fumbles (one his) and one interception — had been essential.
“We had drops and different things that keep you out of good down and distance,” Manning stated. “We’ve got to play our game and be where we need to be and make the plays that are there.”
Manning desires to be the quarterback to do this.