Outrage over the New York Giants’ decision to bench long-time starting quarterback Eli Manning has been loud all week, but it appears as if the Giants won’t be putting the controversial decision behind them anytime soon.
According to a report from Jay Glazer on FOX NFL Sunday, a group of 25 former Giants players have plans of being on the sidelines when the Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 and all 25 of them will be wearing Eli Manning jerseys to express their outrage to management.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection has lead the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl championships, winning the MVP award of both of those games. He’s also a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner and is generally considered one of the greatest players in the history of the organization.
Coach Ben McAdoo approached Manning about starting him in the first half before deferring to Geno Smith in the second half, but Manning refused, prompting the benching. That will end a consecutive start streak of 210 games for Manning that dates back to the middle of his rookie season when he took over for Hall of Fame member Kurt Warner.
Fans, sponsors and former players have all been extremely vocal in their displeasure and the anticipation is that the fallout (along with the fallout of a 2-9 season) could lead to McAdoo being fired by early as Monday.