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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The New York Giants recently benched Eli Manning and it seemed like the veteran quarterback was taking the fall for all of New York’s problems. Since that happened the Giants have fired Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese. Those two moves paved the way for new leadership for Big Blue and interim coach Steve Spagnuolo immediately inserted Manning back in the starting line up. Well it’s clear Eli Manning has responded positively to being renamed the starter because he was the best quarterback in all of football this past weekend. Manning threw for an impressive 434 yards, 3 touchdowns, and only 1 interception against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants ended up losing 34-29 but it was evident that Eli Manning was not the problem for this team. Instead New York has to improve the other areas of this roster and that starts with their 32nd ranked defense. If the Giants can’t get stops they shouldn’t expect to compete with the other teams in the league. So to blame Manning when this team also has these defensive problems is really an unfortunate occurrence. New York should be begging this guy to stick around and play QB for them. Even though Eli Manning’s career is winding down he is still much more competent than most of the other signal callers in the league. It’s pretty clear that if the Giants don’t respect Manning’s capabilities some other team in the NFL will. Could you imagine how much worse things would get for New York if they had to watch the guy who won them two Super Bowls strap it up for another team? That’s something the Mara family should want to avoid at all costs and it’s at a breaking point for this organization. The moves this franchise makes moving forward will determine whether or not they improve or regress? 2017 has already been a black eye for this franchise we will see if they can get things back on track this off-season?
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