NorthJersey For the first time in 210 games, Eli Manning is not the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. The Giants announced Tuesday in a stunning development that Geno Smith would be starting for them Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, which means their two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback is heading to the bench for the first time since he replaced Kurt Warner on Nov. 21, 2004. The team has also indicated that rookie quarterback Davis Webb will get some playing time between now and the end of the season. “Geno will start this week,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said in a statement released by the team. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity.” Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s 297 According to the Giants, Manning was given the option of starting against the Raiders to keep the streak alive, but declined.
Just like that, the second longest streak for consecutive starts by a quarterback has been snapped, as the New York Giants have benched two time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. Eli Manning was not the Giants problem in 2017. The Giants problems started with completely neglecting to fix the horrible offensive line from 2016, by not giving Eli Manning any protection, and not putting blockers up front who were capable of establishing a running game. This was compounded by the fact that the Giants lost their two top wide receivers to season ending injuries, including possibly the most dynamic offensive weapon in football, Odell Beckham Jr. Benching Eli Manning likely means that his time as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants has come to an end, the Giants will see what they have in Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb, then will likely use their top three pick to select their quarterback of the future. If I had to bet, Eli Manning would be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos where his brother ended his career, or reunited with Tom Coughlin on the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.