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11 questions (and answers) on Elis demotion, more, Giants future

11 questions (and answers) on Elis demotion, more, Giants future

If you're a Giants fan who thought this season couldn't get any more depressing after the 2-9 record and the injury to Odell Beckham Jr., Eli Manning was publicly benched in about as unceremonious of a fashion as anyone could have imagined., coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese sure managed to surprise you on Tuesday afternoon. After 14 years and 222 total starts under center for the Giants

The decision was almost universally derided for a number of reasons. Eli is a franchise icon. He was dumped via news release by an unpopular front office, but I suspect sports talk radio would have thought Jerry in East Rutherford was making a prank call., who is benching him for Jets castoff Geno Smith. I would say the Giants might as well have called the news into WFAN themselves

Let's try to take a step backward, remove at least some of the emotion from the decision, and analyze it on its merits. There's some logic underlying the Giants' choice, let's start thinking about what's next for the two-time Super Bowl champion whom the Giants just made the most expensive clipboard holder in football., although it's tortured and surrounded by a breathtaking amount of naiveté and/or stupidity. And then

It depends. If their goal was to field the most competitive team possible in 2017, they absolutely should not have benched Eli. There's virtually no reason to think that Smith or rookie third-rounder Davis Webb give the Giants a better chance of winning any of their five remaining games this season. You might argue that a new quarterback could shock some life back into this team, all the jolts in the world aren't going to make a difference., but when the patient already is dead

The Giants are benching Manning, to evaluate the other quarterbacks they have on their roster. They expect to play both Smith and Webb by the end of the season. It's totally reasonable to want a look at the other quarterbacks on their roster given the fact that they're 2-9 and likely about to enter a rebuild with a starting quarterback who will turn 37 in January., by their own words

Realistically, I don't think the Giants are making this move to get a serious look at Smith, who was one of the league's worst quarterbacks with the Jets and was signed as a last-gasp veteran stopgap. Smith is a free agent after the season, they would sign him to an extension locking in an unguaranteed base salary for next year., and if the Giants really thought he had any shot at being their starting quarterback in 2018

The Giants really want to evaluate Webb,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/jason-peters-jersey-cheap]Womens Jason Peters Jersey[/url], who hasn't attempted an NFL pass. The time frame doesn't make much sense, given that Webb was a big-armed project coming out of the draft with serious accuracy and decision-making issues who was expected to possibly take over for Manning two or three years after being selected. It's difficult to believe he's going to show enough as a rookie to keep the Giants from adding a quarterback this offseason. It also wouldn't be fair, to disqualify him after a few games behind a terrible offensive line with a bunch of backup wide receivers. But here we are.,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/rodney-mcleod-jersey-cheap]Womens Rodney McLeod Jersey[/url], given Webb's expected timeline

The most reasonable explanation for going to Smith and not Webb right now is practice time. The Giants probably want to get Webb meaningful reps with the first-team offense before turning him to the wolves on Sunday. Nathan Peterman's disastrous debut with the Bills is the worst-case scenario of what can happen when an inexperienced quarterback is thrown onto the field without real practice time.

 but I'm not so sure they'll be doing Webb any favors there given the fan sentiment toward this decision.,It seems likely that the two quarterbacks will split time with the first team in practice before Webb takes over as the starter as soon as Week 14. The Giants probably figure that it's better for Webb to make his debut at home against the Cowboys

 the Giants were planning to play Eli during the first half of games before taking him out by design at halftime for Smith or Webb.,Under the aegis of keeping Manning's consecutive start streak alive while creating evaluation opportunities

Manning reacted to this plan as phony, and it's difficult to disagree. It reeks of stat-padding and would have painted Eli as a player more concerned with his own legacy than with the Giants' organizational plan. I also can't think of a team in recent history that rotated their quarterbacks on a half-by-half basis,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/nigel-bradham-jersey-cheap]Womens Nigel Bradham Jersey[/url], let alone did so by choice. The Giants must have known Manning would reject their idea. The only question is whether they believed, that they would look like the good guys and justified for benching Manning when the report of the plan came out., if even for a second

 but I can certainly think of a better way to go about it. The Giants should have prepared for this possibility before this week. Once it was clear that they were dealing with a lost season -- starting 0-5 and losing Beckham probably should have been enough to tip them off -- they should have started getting Webb ready for a late-season cameo.,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/caleb-sturgis-jersey-cheap]Authentic Caleb Sturgis Jersey[/url],Maybe not

How does that work? You start giving him reps in practice with the first team weeks before he's ready to come in. Chalk it up to maintenance or wanting to keep Manning's arm fresh. Once you get to this point, tell him what's going on privately before holding a news conference. Announce that you're going to evaluate Webb over the final three weeks of the season. Make the Giants-Cowboys game Eli Manning Appreciation Day and confirm that it's going to be his last start in a Giants uniform. Treat it like a graduation as opposed to a funeral., when you know that you're going to move on from Manning next year

 but at least you're doing right by Manning and letting him get his moment in front of the fan base. Doing it the Giants' way has just ensured that the fans are going to chant Eli's name during the second half of every home game the rest of the way unless Webb looks like Aaron Rodgers.,There's still going to be outrage under that scenario

Great question. The Giants were 1-6 and coming off their bye when the trade deadline struck on Oct. 31. The ESPN Football Power Index gave Big Blue just a 0.5 percent chance of making the postseason at that point,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/caleb-sturgis-jersey-cheap]Womens Caleb Sturgis Jersey[/url], but I wonder if Reese still realistically thought the Giants had a shot at turning things around and running the table. I wouldn't say that idea is rational, but they responded to their 0-6 start by going 7-3 over their final 10 games., but NFL front offices aren't always operated under any pretense of rationality. The 2013 Giants didn't make the playoffs

The Giants could have financially made an Eli trade work under the salary cap, but there wouldn't have been many suitors with the cap space and a need at quarterback. The Texans might have been able to piece together the cap room,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/lane-johnson-jersey-cheap]Womens Lane Johnson Jersey[/url], but they lost Deshaun Watson for the season two days after the trade deadline. Manning might not have wanted to go to the Bills. The only obvious candidate would have been the Jaguars, it's difficult to imagine the two teaming up on a trade for Coughlin's longtime starter. More on that in a bit., and given the bad blood between Tom Coughlin and the Giants organization after Reese fired his longtime coach in January 2016

 and while the combination of Smith and Webb should be worse,They could be, it's tough to imagine them falling much further than they already have., although they were already in great shape to finish with one of the top picks in the 2018 draft. Big Blue already had a 77.7 percent shot of ending up with a top-five pick even before benching Manning

Specifically, which the Giants would likely win on the strength of schedule tiebreaker. And that's assuming the Giants don't somehow back into a win by accident., there's very little chance of the Giants tanking their way to the first overall pick in next year's draft. The 49ers would need to win one game and the 0-11 Browns would need to somehow get two victories in their final five contests to force a tie at 2-14

This might move the Giants up a draft spot or two, it seems ill-advised to tank for the second-best quarterback in the draft., but it doesn't suddenly shoot them into the top of the draft order. Given that the Browns are almost certainly going to draft a quarterback with the first overall pick

Is there any chance the Giants still plan on bringing back Manning to start in 2018?

 I don't think I would have believed that the Giants actually would have done any of this,It's difficult to imagine, and here we are. Manning is under contract through the end of 2019 on what amounts to a two-year deal with $33 million in new money. None of that money is guaranteed., but then again

 which is when his $5 million roster bonus comes due. That's also the third day of free agency,The Giants should be motivated to move on from Manning for financial reasons, given that he would be an albatross on their salary cap as a backup. His 2018 cap hit comes in at $22.2 million, so I suspect the Giants will have made their decision long before then., which is the ninth largest of any player in football. They'll have to make a decision on Eli before March 17

 who are the two best players on their otherwise-porous offensive line.,The most cost-effective way to move on from Manning would be to designate him as a post-June 1 release while moving on from him in March. The Giants would save $16 million on their 2018 cap and post $6.2 million in dead money (for the accounting remainder of Manning's prorated and already-paid signing bonus) onto their cap in both 2018 and 2019. They desperately need that money to re-sign unrestricted free agents Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg

Trading Manning before June (or cutting him without the post-June 1 designation) would leave $12.4 million in dead money on the 2018 cap, meaning that Eli would need to approve any deal by waiving his veto.,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/jason-peters-jersey-cheap]Authentic Jason Peters Jersey[/url], which would result in a savings of $9.8 million while wiping the slate totally clean of Manning before 2019. The problem with negotiating a swap is that Manning's contract includes a blanket no-trade clause

 at which point the Giants will try to get a late-round pick to try to save face. If that doesn't work,The no-trade clause will dramatically limit the range of teams the Giants can negotiate with and the likely return they'll get, the Giants will cut Manning before his bonus comes due.,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/rodney-mcleod-jersey-cheap]Authentic Rodney McLeod Jersey[/url], given that New York has approximately zero leverage in this equation. What will almost assuredly happen is that the Giants will permit Manning and agent Tom Condon to negotiate with teams and pick a favorite

 and while he deserves credit for taking Beckham and Landon Collins in consecutive drafts,The Giants are as conservative as any organization in football when it comes to firing their football executives, this has to be the time for change in New York. I wrote earlier this year about the problems Reese has had drafting talent,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/nigel-bradham-jersey-cheap]Authentic Nigel Bradham Jersey[/url], but as Graziano noted Tuesday, the Giants' roster has become increasingly dependent upon expensive free agents by virtue of Reese's poor drafting. The 54-year-old also oversaw the Josh Brown fiasco last season, which might have been grounds for firing in its own right.

 but it's safe to say that the situation has changed. The easy comparison here is to Ray Handley,It's fair to suggest that Reese (consciously or unconsciously) threw Coughlin overboard to help save his own job two years ago,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/brandon-brooks-jersey-cheap]Authentic Brandon Brooks Jersey[/url], who took over as coach when Bill Parcells retired after the 1990 season but lasted only two years before being fired., and it would hardly be a surprise to see him try to do the same thing with McAdoo. The embattled Giants coach was originally promoted to the job because of the rapport he had built with Manning in revitalizing the struggling quarterback's career

 who will gain valuable insight into seeing Webb perform. Giving Webb meaningful late-season playing time is the right thing to do for the future of the Giants,The only way I can imagine McAdoo and Reese keeping their jobs in 2018 is if Webb looks like a bona fide franchise quarterback over the final few games of this campaign. Viewed that way,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/brandon-brooks-jersey-cheap]Womens Brandon Brooks Jersey[/url], even if this administration went about enacting their plan the wrong way., you might even argue that benching Eli and evaluating Webb is a strangely noble gesture by a front office that knows it's on its way out to the next group of coaches and executives

 especially if they considered Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as a coaching candidate. The Giants also could weaken a division rival by making a massive offer to Washington's Kirk Cousins,It's impossible to say until we know the identity of the coach and his offensive coordinator, but I suspect their Week 1 starter isn't currently on the active roster. Even with Jimmy Garoppolo presumably off the market after being traded to San Francisco,[url=http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/lane-johnson-jersey-cheap]Authentic Lane Johnson Jersey[/url], who will likely either receive the transition tag or hit unrestricted free agency., the Giants could have quite a few veteran options available. Let's assume that Drew Brees stays in New Orleans and Jay Cutler retires again. New York could look toward any of the three Minnesota quarterbacks as a possible short-term starter

 and I think the Giants will be drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 draft,Plenty of currently contracted passers also could be on the move if things break as expected. The Jaguars are likely to release Blake Bortles at his current cap hold, but there will be life after Eli., especially if their success attracts superior options. Tyrod Taylor is likely not coming back in Buffalo. Alex Smith could be a trade candidate. None of those options are surefire successes