After a porous start to the 2017 season, it appears we may be nearing the end of Eli Manning’s career.
The 36-year old signal caller has just been benched in favor of backup Geno Smith for New York’s Week 12 match-up against Oakland. It will put an end to his current 210-game start streak.
Having just lost his 100th career game (110-100 record as a starter), the 14-year pro is likely mulling over his future in the NFL as the Giants sit at 2-9 on the year. At the very least, it doesn’t appear as though Manning will be a New York Giant next year. Whether he’ll be playing somewhere else, or will just hang them up for good is the real question here.
The two-time Super Bowl champion has led the G-Men to seven winning seasons over his 14 years in New York.
Eli’s numbers this season: 11 starts (2-9), 2,411 passing yards, 14 TD, 7 INT, 84.1 QB rating.
His numbers aren’t bad, especially given he’s been without weapons such as Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris and Sterling Shepard has missed some games this season as well.
The offensive line in front of him has struggled. Paul Perkins, who was supposed to be the Giants’ No. 1 back this season, ran for just 61 yards on 32 carries in seven games.
The team offense ranks 31st in the league, in front of only the winless Cleveland Browns. As a team, New York’s rushing attack has 1,004 yards and three touchdowns.
It’s atrocious play from Eli’s injury-riddled supporting cast that has led to his benching.
This is the product of a head coach (Ben McAdoo) who clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing. It’s surprising that Eli has lost his job before McAdoo, to be honest.
I truly hope Eli hasn’t started his final game with the Giants, although it’s certainly looking like has has.
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