Yesterday evening, the New York Giants announced that they were going to bench Eli Manning and start Geno Smith. Everything about this points to the dumpster fire that this organization has found itself in.
This season, Eli Manning has had little to no help with three top receivers out, no real running game, a weak offensive scheme, and a lousy offensive line.
But let’s not pretend he was playing well. In this new age of quarterbacks, Manning’s suboptimal athletic ability has hindered his performance over the last few years. He is a statue in the pocket, and at age 36, his mundane 3-and-outs were really getting old. As a QB, you are supposed to be the leader of the team. It seems as though he has quit on this team, something I can’t blame him for doing.
Numbers Never Lie
This season, Manning was 16th in completion percentage, 15th in passing yards and 24th in total QBR. Not horrible, but not great either. He threw for 14 TDs and 7 Interceptions, and had seven fumbles this season. A net touchdown to turnover ratio of 0. Lame. Not all his fault, but he is at least a third of the problem. As they say, Father Time is undefeated.
At 2-9, the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention and should be in full tank mode. Due to the pedigree and résumé of Eli Manning, he should have been given the option to “play it out” if he wants to—yet was not, as McAdoo dealt the final blow to the Giants offense, season, and hopefully, his job.
So, now the Giants can play their 3rd round pick Davis Webb, who they stupidly picked instead of addressing the team’s needs. Nevertheless, due to the high round pick, Webb is presumably the next “face of the franchise,” so the Giants should give him a shot.
Except, instead, they’re playing Geno Smith. Sigh.
The Giants need to ask themselves, why the hell is Geno Smith even on our team, let alone an NFL team? Over his five-year career, he has played two seasons of “meaningful” games for the Jets. He threw 25 total TDs, 34 INTs, and had a 58% completion rate along with a broken jaw along the way.
Geno is a bad quarterback, an incompetent leader, and has no place playing these last five games—that duty should be left to Webb. The Giants drafted him so damn high, so what was the point?
While the Giants should be in full tank mode, aiming for a top-three pick in the 2018 NFL draft, they can’t even tank the right way. These five games should be an opportunity for Webb to show us what he’s got—to see if there was any legitimacy in taking him in the 3rd round.
Show the Idiots the Exit
Instead, the Giants need to focus on the legitimacy of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo which, unfortunately, there is not much of.
Let’s acknowledge that Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese should have been fired long before this move was made. The fact that they were both employed by this team at the start of the season should have given everyone cause for concern. Now that it’s unfolded, the fan base feelings about their fates are pretty unanimous. For the second season in a row, Reese has failed to address the offensive line. Other than Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh, there has been no legitimate replacement for the 2011 Super Bowl squad.
So, what about those “weapons” that everyone raved about during the draft? Yes, Evan Engram is indeed an excellent player. It’s not the fact that he was taken that upset me—it’s who the Giants didn’t take that upsets me. Unfortunately, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down early in the year, and that really put the nail in the coffin. Overall, Reese has miserably failed at constructing an offense that can win games at the highest level. He is to blame, and he should lose his job at the end of the season. But, so should McAdoo.
McAdoo wasn’t dealt a great hand, yet his offensive “scheme” has utterly failed (again), and it’s even more apparent now that without Odell, the offensive is abysmal. Just like the Packers, the Giants poor game plan was veiled by Odell’s great talent, as Green Bay’s was with Aaron Rodgers. Now that those two are gone, the respective offenses are struggling mightily.
The Giants are 28th this year in total offense, and a pathetic 31st in points per game, just ahead of the dreadful Cleveland Browns. Not to mention, they have played 11 games; only four times have they scored over 20. Ben McAdoo’s game plan is a joke, and he too needed to be fired at the end of last season…but since that didn’t happen, let’s say the end of this season.
Now that Manning has been benched, for his sake, he should ask for a trade. A young up and coming team with a mediocre O-line isn’t a team for him—that’s more of a Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz thing. Perhaps a team like the Jaguars, with Tom Coughlin running the show, and a great running back and great defense, would be a better fit for him. Or maybe the Broncos with their solid running backs, excellent receivers, a good defense and a wise head honcho in John Elway, would be a better fit for him than the poorly run, train wreck of a team called the Giants.
Where Do We Go from Here?
First off, bench Smith. Play Webb. Next, fire McAdoo and Reese at the end of the season. After, try to shop Manning—if there are suitors, move him. If not, do not cut him. The Giants can then use him to mentor their potential new QB that they might draft. The draft priorities are the same as they were last year because they were not addressed. Quarterback, offensive line, running back and linebacker. It really shouldn’t be hard to find a hole in a wall—let alone a GIANT one like this.
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About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a freshman at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U-Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).