Giants coach Ben McAdoo: No regrets about Eli Manning benching

Manning, to his credit, has handled the situation like a professional even though his 210 consecutive games streak will come to an end. Wheeler struggled in his second career start, allowing Ryan Kerrigan to sack Manning twice and Mack will surely be a mismatch for the undrafted rookie.

Reese had already spoken to McAdoo about the same thing and the second-year coach decided to make the move Tuesday, after the Giants (2-9) returned from an extended Thanksgiving weekend break.

The decision to sit the 36-year-old Manning after 13 seasons was unexpected, especially with five games left in the season. "I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can", Manning said, according to the Giants' official website.

Although many players have ripped the Giants for benching Manning, Strahan's words might burn a little more since he's one of the most prolific players in team history. "Obviously, being on the other side of two of those Super Bowl losses to an Eli Manning-led team, I just have so much respect for his dependability, for his consistency, for his toughness".

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"I think we're all surprised and disappointed, and I don't think they handled it very well", Strahan said during an interview with NFL Network on Thursday.

"I think it just goes a lot higher than the players on the field". "I don't think there's any player, current or former, who feels like this is right". But Brady is right: This is an unfortunate situation. Manning isn't the first or last athlete to have the final stages of his career not end in a fairytale manner, in a ride-off-into-the-sunset sort of way. The former New York Jets second-round pick will make his first start for the Giants when they take on the Oakland Raiders this Sunday.

  • Anthony Vega