If you listen hard enough, you can hear the sound of millions of Giants fans collectively sighing as they read the latest news about their quarterback situation. Instead of looking towards the future, New York is reportedly still not ready to rule out running it back with over-the-hill Eli Manning in 2019.
As opposed to drafting or signing a younger, more mobile, more talented QB to complement their young stars, the G-Men apparently think that it's acceptable to trot out this fossil for another try next season and see what happens.
Spoiler alert: they won't make the playoffs. Again.
Everybody and their mother knows that Manning's time is up. The Giants could be seeing what they have in rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta for the rest of 2018. Or dip into free agency in the offseason to see who they can fit under center. Or test the trade market. Or draft one of the many QBs who are going to available in April. Or call Colin Kapernick. Or literally do anything other than what they are thinking about doing.
The options are limitless for the Giants; sticking with Manning should not be one of them. Yes, he's been a bit better recently, but that might be because the games don't really matter anymore and their opponents in November have been dreadful.
There comes a time when nostalgia really is the worst. No one in New York will ever forget the two Super Bowls Manning won, but it's time to pass the torch on to the next guy. At this point, No. 10 is just treading water in the open sea and trying not to drown.
If the Giants go with Manning again next year, the result will be the same as 2017 and 2018. In fact, one can argue that it will be even worse. It's time to stop this madness. It's time (past time, actually) to send Eli off to join his father and brother at that farm upstate where old QBs go when they can't win games anymore.