Former head coach Ben McAdoo benched Eli Manning in Week 13 in favor of Geno Smith, who lost to the Raiders, 24-17, in Oakland. Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo is going back to Manning, who had his streak of 210 consecutive starts snapped last week.
Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo has many decisions to make as he gets the team ready for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Perhaps the easiest decision was picking his starting quarterback, which he did on Wednesday.
As expected, Spagnuolo went back to Eli Manning, who was benched in Week 13 by former head coach Ben McAdoo, who went with Geno Smith, ending Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive starts, dating back to 2004.
Smith and the Giants lost to the Raiders, 24-17, on Sunday in Oakland.
Check out the video at the top of this story for Spagnuolo discussing the move.
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“Eli Manning will be the quarterback for the football team in this game,” Spagnuolo said.
The move was not announced by Spagnuolo until after practice Wednesday, but the first hint came when the 36-year-old Manning took the first snap when the offense went to work.
Of course, his teammates appeared to tease him as he entered the huddle.
Manning had started 210 consecutive games over the past 13-plus seasons. The streak was the second longest in NFL history, only surpassed by Brett Favre (297).
The benching of Manning last week upset the quarterback and angered Giants fans. Combined with the team’s 2-10 and other problems, it led co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to fire McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday.
Shortly after Spagnuolo was named interim coach, Manning went to him and asked for his job back for the final four games …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports