Former Giants Trash The Franchise For Benching Eli Manning

Bryan Brandom
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It seems just about everyone involved with the New York Giants at any point in the last few decades thinks Eli Manning should still be their starting quarterback—aside from whoever among the unholy triumvirate of head coach Ben McAdoo, general manager Jerry Reese, and owner John Mara ultimately made the decision to bench him .

Everyone from Giants legends of yore to Manning’s Super Bowl-winning teammates to former Giants who only spent a season or two playing with the man took to social media to trash the franchise for laying the team’s struggles at his feet while the offense and defense crumbles around him.

Even former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who’s had a famously rocky relationship with his former quarterback, said the team “scapegoated” Manning, adding, “It’s disappointing.”

“This is so much bigger than Eli Manning,” said Kurt Warner, who gave way to Manning when the quarterback started his run of 210 consecutive starts at the position, the second-longest mark ever. “This is about an entire organization that has gone sideways, and if you got one guy that represents what this organization has been about and the character and the success of this organization it’s that guy who has been under center in Eli Manning. … To me, shame on the Giants.”

Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who won two rings with Manning, also weighed in:

Coughlin knows the feeling.