The last Manning in the NFL, at least for the next few years, isn’t ready to take a seat while the team’s coach and management try to figure out just what is wrong with a 1-7 team that appeared to quit in a 51-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
With his job on the line, Coach Ben McAdoo threatened to make some changes all along the lineup — possibly even using rookie quarterback Davis Webb rather than two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning.
“Hey, I want to be out there,” Manning told reporters. “I want to be playing. Yeah, I want to be out there.”
And if they kick the tires on Webb? “They’ve got to do what they gotta do. I want to be out there,” Manning said. “I want to keep playing with my teammates and keep working.”
Manning wasn’t the Giants’ biggest problem Sunday — that may have been the way in which it looked as if they just rolled over. Manning, who topped the 50,000-passing-yards mark, lost a fumble, threw an interception and couldn’t find his receivers often enough, completing 20-of-36 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
If he was sending a clear message, so were Giants fans, who stayed away from MetLife Stadium. Two of the most expensive areas of the stadium, the ones with the largest private seat licenses, were sparsely populated. Even John Mara, the team’s co-owner, seemed to have his fill, leaving his box with about seven minutes left in the game, the New York Daily News’ Gary Myers reports.
Mara declined to say anything about the Giants’ performance, telling NJ.com, “I think it speaks for itself, doesn’t it?”
Which means that the time when the Giants move on from Manning, who has been hurt by the lack of talent around him, could be closer than anyone may have thought.
“You really can’t look from my chair too far ahead,” McAdoo said. “But you also have to look at getting some players some reps in the game. So we’ll take a look and see if there’s any players that we can give reps to that have a chance to be a part of our future.”
Does that include Manning, who will turn 37 in early January?
“That includes everybody.”
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