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Jaguars’ Tom Coughlin texted Eli Manning after demotion

Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning

The New York Giants decided to move on from Eli Manning earlier this week, benching him in favor of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones ahead of their Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Following Manning’s demotion, former Giants head coach and current Jacksonville Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin texted Manning to see how he was doing, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network.

Coughlin coached Manning for the first 12 seasons of his NFL career from 2004 through 2015 and developed a father-son type of bond with the signal-caller, as they won a pair of Super Bowl championships during their run together.

The Giants and Coughlin parted ways following the 2015 campaign after New York missed the playoffs four years in a row, with Coughlin eventually joining the Jaguars.

Manning took over as Giants quarterback midway through the 2004 season, replacing Kurt Warner. From that point on, Manning started all but one game under center for Big Blue, with the one isolated contest coming in 2017 when then-head coach Ben McAdoo inexplicably benched Manning in favor of Geno Smith before Manning regained his job the following week.

The writing was on the wall for Manning back in April, when New York drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick. Jones gained a lot of momentum thanks to a strong preseason, but the general consensus was that Manning still had a fairly long leash.

Apparently, that was not the case, as the Giants decided to make a change at quarterback after just two games, both of which resulted in losses.

Manning threw for 556 yards, a couple of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions while completing 62.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 78.7 during those two contests.