New York Giants: It is the end of a quarterback era
Everyone in the city of New York has dreaded this day. The day in which the New York Giants move on from their long-time franchise QB Eli Manning. The team announced today that they are benching Manning in favor of Geno Smith. Thus, the end of an era for Big Blue.
The then San Diego Chargers drafted Eli Manning with the number 1 pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. Eli immediately stated that he did not want to play for the Chargers. So, later that night, after the Giants drafted QB Phillip Rivers, the two teams worked out a deal that would send each QB to the opposite coast.
Manning would make his debut as the starter for the New York Giants on November 21, 2004, against the Atlanta Falcons at Giants Stadium. He would go 17-37, for 162 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs. The Giants were 5-4 at the time. Eli would win 1 of the final 7 games. The Giants finished the season 6-10.
However, that was just the beginning of what would be an amazing Hall of Fame caliber career. Just look at the accomplishments of Manning’s tenure with the New York Giants.
3x NFC East Division Champion
2x Super Bowl Champion (XLII, XLVI)
2x Super Bowl MVP (XLII, XLVI)
4x Pro Bowler (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015)
Walter Payton Man of the Year (2016)
Most 4th Quarter TD Passes in a Season (2011)
Most Passing Yards in a Post Season – 1,219 (2011)
Most Consecutive Completions to begin a Super Bowl – 9 (XLVI)
Eli Manning also is 3rd in the NFL for consecutive games started by a quarterback with 210. Obviously, that one streak will come to end.
Manning also holds several NFL records as a member of the New York Giants.
Longest Pass completion for a TD – 99 yards (2011)
Tied most game-winning drives in a season – 8 (2011)
Most road wins in a single regular and post season – 10
The only QB in NFL History not to throw an INT in multiple conference championship starts
Eli Manning also holds 14 New York Giants team records.
Most passing attempts single season – 618 (2015)
Most completions single season – 387 (2015)
Most passing yards single season – 4,933 (2011)
Most passing yards for a career – 50,625
Longest completed pass: 99 yards (2011)
Most consecutive pass completions in a game – 21 (2011)
Most 4th quarter comeback wins in a season – 5 (2007, 2011), tied
Most game-winning drives in the 4th quarter/overtime in a season – 6 (2007, 2011)
Most touchdown passes – 334
Most interceptions thrown – 222
Most pass completions – 4,319
Most pass attempts – 7,220
Eli Manning has been the face of the New York Giants franchise for 14 Years. As a fan of the game, it will not be the same without him on the field.
Ben McAdoo Seals his fate with the New York Giants.
With this announcement today, it all but guaranteed that Ben McAdoo will not be the head coach of the New York Giants in 2018. In fact, there may need to be a complete house cleaning in the offseason. Benching Manning is one thing. Be that as it may, you do not bench him for Geno Smith. You find out what you have in the rookie Davis Webb at this time.
Whatever happens with the New York Giants from here on it is up in the air. The one thing that we do know is that one of the greatest QB eras for one team has come to end.
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