New York Giants: Benching Manning seals McAdoo, Reese’s fate
By Henry Buggy
Big Blue fans have been calling for a change for weeks now, but Geno Smith is not the answer they’ve been looking for.
The New York Giants officially announced the benching of two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning on Tuesday, and instead of going with their rookie Davis Webb, McAdoo has elected to start Smith.
Giants fans have already seen plenty of Smith during his four-year stint with the New York Jets. And benching Manning for anyone other than Webb down the stretch of this season is nothing more than stupidity.
There were already multiple reasons to fire head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese following the team’s Week 10 loss to San Francisco, but Tuesday’s decision to bench Manning has all but sealed their fate in the Big Apple.
What Have Reese & McAdoo Done?
McAdoo said many teams with legacy quarterbacks have to make these tough decisions on Tuesday, via New York’s team website.
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"“I think a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have done a lot for a lot of teams haven’t been able to choose the way that they get to move on and I’m not saying that we’re moving on, but at some point in time, you have to make hard, tough decisions for the best of the franchise. And, that’s what I have to do here.”"
Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are just two notable quarterbacks to finish their careers with other teams. But what have McAdoo and Reese done to justify this move?
Since McAdoo joined Big Blue in 2014, the Giants have amassed a 25-34 record and that is sure to only get worse down the stretch of this season.
Reese has failed to fix New York’s offensive line issues for years now, and the front office’s negligence in addressing the team’s ground game has been appalling.
Sure Reese has been New York’s general manager for two Super Bowl winning seasons, but it was former general manager Ernie Accorsi that laid the foundation. The Giants have gone from respectable franchise to laughing stock under Reese and McAddo.
It’s clear ownership failed Manning, and while the 14-year veteran quarterback won’t admit it, his former teammates surely will.
Former G-Men Appalled
This decision will go down as a stain on Giants history and Manning’s former teammates made sure to let everyone know how they felt on social media.