The New York Giants provided veteran quarterback Eli Manning every weapon imaginable for him to succeed this offseason. However, it has led to a 1-5 record for the Giants, which was further exemplified by Manning's poor play.
While some of the blame can be attributed to the offensive line, Manning is just not making the plays when he has time in the pocket. When he is given ample time, he misses his target by a wide margin, or he opts for the dreaded checkdown pass.
Eli Manning throws a pick on the 2nd play of the game pic.twitter.com/P80r0OHcsp— RotoQL (@rotoqlapp) October 12, 2018
Many are coming out of the woodwork, saying that former head coach Ben McAdoo had the right idea in benching Manning last season. Yes, while he did have the right intentions, he failed in his delivery. Instead of going with young quarterback Davis Webb, he went with Geno Smith, who was in no way apart of New York's future plans.
With all of the backlash from the fan base, owner John Mara had to apologize for McAdoo's decision, fired him, and Manning was thrown back onto the field for the remainder of the season.
The sudden "Ben McAdoo was right" narrative is amusing. He ran an undisciplined mess of a team with an unimaginative offense, he lost his locker room and made a clumsy, ill-conceived switch to a QB who had no chance of being part of the team's future. But sure, he was right.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 12, 2018
If the Giants had gone with Webb for the remainder of the 2017 season, they could have gotten a better idea of whether they needed to take a quarterback in the NFL Draft. Instead, the botched transition got us here (even though they got a legitimate playmaker in Saquon Barkley).
Now, New York will have the opportunity to do that this season, where it would be smart to get rookie Kyle Lauletta ready for some game action later on in this lost season. From there, the Giants can decide if they should address the position in next year's draft, which will be headlined by Justin Herbert of Oregon.
Prediction: Kyle Lauletta is the next rookie QB to start an @NFL game this season.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 12, 2018
Yes, Manning should have been benched, but we can attribute that to the failed transition attempt from Ben McAdoo.
But hey, the Giants could have an offense consisting of Herbert, Barkley, and Beckham in the near future.