The 2017 season is shaping up to be one New York Giants fans will not care to dwell upon.
Big Blue started the year with five straight defeats, and heading into the homestretch, own a record of just 2-10.
With the losses piling up, on Nov. 28, the Giants opted to bench veteran quarterback Eli Manning, a decision which sent shockwaves through the NFL and rankled many Giants fans,
The consternation was understandable.
After all, Manning had started 210 consecutive games for the Giants, and led the team to two Super Bowl wins. Furthermore, throughout his 14-year career, Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, has thrown for more than 50,000 yards and accumulated 334 touchdowns; likely Hall of Fame-worthy statistics.
Even this season, Manning’s numbers weren’t too shabby.
Also, it should be mentioned that the boyish, soon-to-be 37-year-old, has been a sterling representative of both the Giants organization and the NFL.
Manning deserved better than to have the rug pulled out from under him with just four games to go on the schedule.
Manning losing his starting job wasn’t the only move the Giants made recently in an attempt to right the ship. Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were fired Monday.
Soon after those dismissals, it was announced that Manning was, once again, the team’s top QB, and will start Sunday against the visiting Dallas Cowboys.
Giving the ball back to Manning is a smart move. For the Giants, the season is a lost cause. Putting No. 10 back behind center after a one-game absence will give fans something to cheer about, and could prove to be a much-needed shot in the arm for the team.
Now, of course, the Giants absolutely should start thinking about the post-Manning era, which means grooming a replacement, or drafting a QB. But after more than a dozen, mostly-successful years with the team, Manning earned the right to navigate the Giants to the finish line this season.