Giants bench Eli Manning, turn to Geno Smith as starting QB
For the first time in more than 13 years, the New York Giants (2-9) will make a change at starting quarterback this upcoming Sunday when Geno Smith will start on the road against the Oakland Raiders instead of two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning, the team announced on Tuesday via their website.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo made the announcement official during a press conference held on Tuesday afternoon, saying that Smith and rookie quarterback Davis Webb may also get some reps.
“Geno will start this week,” McAdoo said. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity.”
Manning, who has started 210 consecutive regular-season games and is second only to Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre’s 297-game streak, commented on the situation with members of the media.
“Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning said. “My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”
Smith, who is considered a bust by many NFL fans after he was selected early in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, has completed 501-of-866 pass attempts (57.9 percent) for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions in his career.
Manning was emotional while talking with the media about his benching:
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