While the debate rages on as to whether the New York Giants quit in Sunday’s 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Eli Manning, who is usually even-keeled no matter what, showed a bit of bite when he was asked how he might feel if he was asked to take a seat in favor of rookie Davis Webb getting some snaps.
“Hey, I want to be out there, I want to be playing,” Manning said during his postgame press conference.
“Yeah, I want to be out there.”
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Manning’s sentiment was music to head coach Ben McAdoo’s ears.
“I’m glad he said that,” said McAdoo. “He’s a pro football player–that’s what he should be saying.”
McAdoo seemed to walk back his postgame comments in which he didn’t rule out getting some of the younger players—Webb included—reps in games this season.
“Eli, he’s our quarterback,” McAdoo said, adding that he wasn’t concerned about Manning’s consecutive start streak. “But that doesn’t mean at some point in time, we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.”
While Manning has the head coach’s confidence, that doesn’t mean that his subpar play of late can continue.
In his first five games, Manning completed 137 of 202 pass attempts (67.8 percent) for 1,338 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
However, that was before he ended up losing receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris to season ending injuries, and Sterling Shepard for two games.
In the three games since then, Manning has completed 50 of 94 pass attempts (53.2 percent) for 482 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.
“Every position needs to be held accountable and every position needs to play to a high standard,” McAdoo said. “Same thing with the coaches. And obviously, when you lose in the fashion that we lost yesterday, it’s not good enough.”
But McAdoo did throw his confidence behind Manning, whom he implied would get the start this weekend when the Giants visit the San Francisco 49ers.
“I just told you, he’s our quarterback,” McAdoo said. “I have a lot of confidence in Eli. That hasn’t changed.”