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John Mara wants Eli Manning to lead Giants in 2018

John Mara wants Eli Manning to lead Giants in 2018

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning may have been benched under former head coach Ben McAdoo, ending his iron mean streak at 210 consecutive games, but in the aftermath of McAdoo’s termination, team co-owner John Mara expressed his desire to see Manning under center in 2018.

“He can be Eli Manning for us. . . . I’m concerned about our team. We still think he can play. We obviously have to get better around him.”

The Giants have,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/mackensie-alexander-jersey-cheap]Authentic Mackensie Alexander Jersey[/url], Dwayne Harris and Paul Perkins — have all been injured and missed the year or significant time, indeed, struggled around Manning this season. Their skill position players — Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/trae-waynes-jersey-cheap]Womens Trae Waynes Jersey[/url], Brandon Marshall, while the offensive line has also endured injury amidst inconsistency.

Mara even acknowledged a week ago that he’s resorted to using flip cards in effort to familiarize himself with the roster because of significant turnover. Entering Week 15, the Giants are starting rookie free agents and street free agents because of mass injury along the offensive line and at wide receiver, as well as the linebacker position.

On top of that, the Giants also lead the league with more than 33 team drops, which includes rookie tight end Evan Engram, who has established himself as Big Blue’s No. 1 remaining target.

Still, despite Mara’s desire to see Manning return, he admits the decision will ultimately be left up to the team’s next general manager, who will not be named until the conclusion of the regular season.

“We will have that discussion,” Mara said of the next GM keeping Manning, adding that drafting a quarterback is hit or miss. “The worst thing to do is force it and take the wrong guy.”

Loyalty to Manning aside, the two-time Super Bowl MVP will turn 37 next season and is clearly running out of time. And while his championship window remains open, it’s limited to anyone who is realistic.

The Giants owe it to Manning to surround him with talent and give him a final chance, but at the end of the day, his successor needs to be found.

It’s a combination scenario — Eli gives the team a legitimate chance to win with talent around him, but in a rebuild scenario, it may be time to move on. Which route they decide to go is apparently up to the next GM.

What Lee told, said Board of Supervisors President London Breed in one of her first remarks as acting mayor, were “perfectly timed corny jokes.”

In 2016, the mayor was rumored to be on a short list for a cabinet post if Hillary Clinton won the presidential election. Lee, at 5-feet-5, said he was “always on some short list.”

 the mayor claimed to have “Giants fever.”,That was arguably a better gag than his running joke about the Giants. Over and over during the team’s championship seasons

 but Lee said he had been to the hospital and that doctors had provided him with an official diagnosis of it.,A lot of people said they had Giants fever then

 martial artist Bruce Lee’s brother. The college was not then a paragon of diversity.,“I have a way of joking,” Lee once told the Commonwealth Club, in fact, while describing how he used to tell classmates at Bowdoin College in Maine that he was

Lee, who died of an apparent heart attack he suffered while grocery shopping, was known — mostly — for a brand of anecdotes so G-rated that they qualified under the category coined by millennials as “Dad Jokes.”

Occasionally, Lee went off-brand. In 2015, in the midst of a measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland, the unfailingly cheerful mayor told an audience of Fisherman’s Wharf merchants that people “go to Disneyland for measles but come to San Francisco for crabs.”

The Giants have some level of interest in Jay Bruce,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/everson-griffen-jersey-cheap]Womens Everson Griffen Jersey[/url], Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  The slugger is known to be on the target list for at least four other teams, though it remains to be seen if the bidding will be high enough for Bruce to land his desired five-year contract.  A right-handed bat would be a better fit within San Francisco’s heavily left-handed lineup, though Bruce would check a couple of boxes for the Giants as a power hitter and defensively-capable right fielder.

 who have been both been linked to the team in rumors.  Andrew McCutchen has also been mentioned as a possibility for the Giants, the Giants are impressed enough with prospect Steven Duggar that “it does affect how we view addressing that [center field] need this offseason,” GM Bobby Evans said.  “It does give us a mindset more short term.”  This would seem to lessen the chance that the Giants acquire names like Lorenzo Cain or Billy Hamilton,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/sam-bradford-jersey-cheap]Womens Sam Bradford Jersey[/url],From that same Schulman piece,” even though the Pirates outfielder is only under contract through the 2018 season and would seem to fit as a short-term answer.  Duggar is expected to start the season in Triple-A but would seem to be on pace for a big league debut next year and potentially a regular role by 2019., yet Schulman writes that “he is not viewed as a priority

 and the team may have to sacrifice defense in order to land that type of hitter.  San Francisco also wants to address the bullpen,A big bat for third base or the corner outfield is the priority for the Giants at the Winter Meetings, though that will be dealt with later in the offseason., Schulman tweets

 returning for a third year at Coors Field after hitting .274/.354/.471 with 44 homers over 1034 PA in 2016-17.  Despite those slightly above-average hitting numbers,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/stefon-diggs-jersey-cheap]Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey[/url], FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter).  GM Jeff Bridich has suggested that first base (or any type of bat) isn’t necessarily a priority for the team, though that hasn’t stopped the Rox from checking in on the likes of Carlos Santana or Jay Bruce.  Reynolds would be a more affordable and familiar option for Colorado at first base,The Rockies are interested in re-signing Mark Reynolds, Reynolds has only been worth a total of 1.0 fWAR over those two seasons due to his strikeouts and lack of defensive or baserunning value., however

 this makes it seem unlikely that L.A. would re-sign Yu Darvish.  Of course,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/laquon-treadwell-jersey-cheap]Womens Laquon Treadwell Jersey[/url], the Dodgers are prioritizing bullpen additions.  Starting pitching doesn’t seem to be a need, as Friedman likes their current rotation depth and wants to give younger pitchers “a soft landing spot in the big leagues to go through their acclimation process.  We have a talented enough group to ride that out a little bit.”  As Gurnick notes,Also from Friedman, though that was a unique circumstance due to Ohtani’s minimal costs.,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/mackensie-alexander-jersey-cheap]Womens Mackensie Alexander Jersey[/url], the Dodgers did make a push for one very notable starter in Shohei Ohtani

 and - most aptly - a ferociously emotional and passionate disposition. ,There are a number of stereotypes regarding the Italian populace. The furious hand gestures being needed to accentuate verbalisations; the obsession with fine garments

 this aforementioned stereotypical disposition - coupled with a number of contentious refereeing decisions - has reportedly put SS Lazio on the brink of quitting the Serie A. ,Over the past 24-hours

According to Premium Sport, after his side were "victimised" by referee Piero Giacomelli during last night's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Torino at Stadio Olimpico., Lazio president Claudio Lotito is considering pulling Le Aquile out of the Italian top flight

 when a handball by Iago Falque in the Torino penalty was not penalised and Ciro Immobile saw red for a supposed headbutt on Nicolas Burdisso. ,The two points of contention occurred in the first half

 Lazio forward Luis Alberto exclaimed to Mediaset Premium: Maybe people don't like Lazio in the top four. It's incredible; that was a clear penalty.",During the half time interval

The defeat leaves I Biancocelesti three points adrift of inner-city rivals AS Roma in fourth, Lazio will be without Ciro Immobile for the next number of leagues - if they decide to retain their position within the league. , after a weekend in which none of the top four managed to secure maximum points. Perhaps most damaging however

 every loss is a good loss,The Giants’ 30-10 loss to the Cowboys on Eli Manning Appreciation Day was not the bad news. In fact, unless you think meaningless victories in a lost season build character and can save the job of interim coach Steve Spagnuolo when this team is in need of a massive overhaul., as far as securing their next franchise quarterback

The far worse news was the winless Browns blowing a 14-point lead to the Packers and losing in overtime to retain a two-game lead for the first pick.

 and any other candidate interested in the job,The Giants were so unwatchable again Sunday that Dave Gettleman, could have been scared off watching the Giants play to get to 2-11., the favorite to be named general manager

 the old regime of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo has left the new regime plenty of room to improve. If the Giants lose two of their last three games against the Eagles,Then again, assuming the Giants have bottomed out, it will be the first time in franchise history they have lost more than 12 games., Cardinals and Washington to finish 3-13

 the nine-game season-to-season dropoff in victories will be the most since the NFL went to 16 games in 1978 and tie the franchise record of 11-3 in 1963 to 2-10-2 in 1964.,If they run the table and lose all three

 back as the starter, “Eli Manning, was given a standing ovation the first time he took the field and fans later were chanting, “I was glad to see Eli out there. I really was. I’m not sure what it would look like to see a Giant team if they don’t have Eli out there at quarterback.”,Manning, Eli Manning,” and it was such a heartwarming moment that even Cowboys owner Jerry Jones later said

 and was missing so many open receivers,I don’t think he was saying that because Manning tossed two interceptions in the fourth quarter, as he has all season., the first setting up the final touchdown for Dallas

 but after crying when he got demoted and then begging Spags for his job back after McAdoo was fired, Reese and McAdoo wanted to give playing time to Geno Smith and, he showed why John Mara, which means not very good.,Manning really has no reliable wideouts besides Sterling Shepard and no offensive line, eventually and hopefully,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/everson-griffen-jersey-cheap]Authentic Everson Griffen Jersey[/url], rookie Davis Webb. Manning can’t function with so little talent around him. He’s going to be 37 in a few weeks and needs more pieces. Eli played like the Manning of 2017

 also,“Obviously the last few weeks have been difficult with losing my starting job and losing your head coach, and that’s because I haven’t played well enough and we’re not winning games.”,” Manning said. “Those things are hard and they are personal and hurt. I don’t like losing a head coach. I take that personally. That’s on me for not doing my job. I don’t like losing my starting job. That’s personal

Manning came off as the injured party in McAdoo’s clumsy attempt to get Smith on the field. In effect, did Manning have the right to say no?,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/sam-bradford-jersey-cheap]Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey[/url], Manning benched himself after he refused to accept McAdoo’s plan for him to start in Oakland with Smith starting the second half. Even if Manning believed McAdoo’s motive to start him was just to allow him to extend his streak

 not make coaching decisions. But Giants fans clearly sided with Manning.,That part of the story has been overlooked. Manning’s base salary is $13 million this season and he’s being paid to play

“I appreciate all of the support the fans have given me for 14 years and these last weeks,” Manning said., especially

 it was worth taking a look at the scoreboard to check on the 49ers and Browns.,Midway through the final quarter Sunday when Dak Prescott connected with tight end Jason Witten — one of the all-time Giants killers — on a 20-yard touchdown

 dropping them a game behind the Giants for the second pick in the draft with Big Blue also holding the strength of schedule tie-breaker. That just about locks up pick No. 2.,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/stefon-diggs-jersey-cheap]Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey[/url],San Francisco was on its way to going 2-0 since switching to Jimmy Garoppolo and improving to 3-10

 why settle for the second pick when the first pick could be within reach? The Browns went into their home game against the Packers a perfect 0-12 but held a 21-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.,If you are going to suffer through one of the all-time worst seasons in the 93-year history of the franchise

 to have the first pick. One of my quarterback gurus,The best chance for Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold to give up his final two years of eligibility and apply for the draft by the Jan. 18 deadline is for the Giants, not the Browns, insists he would take Darnold over UCLA’s Josh Rosen.,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/trae-waynes-jersey-cheap]Authentic Trae Waynes Jersey[/url], who has a track record of picking the right QBs

Even when the Packers closed to within 21-14 early in the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers is still out and Brett Hundley was the QB. The Giants needed the Browns to win this game and one more before the season’s over. And the Giants need to lose their last three and hope the tie-breaker comes out in their favor.,[url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/laquon-treadwell-jersey-cheap]Authentic Laquon Treadwell Jersey[/url], it still looked like the Browns were on the way to their second victory in their last 29 games. Remember

The Packers had a short field after a 65-yard punt return and Hundley’s 1-yard TD to Davante Adams with 17 seconds left sent the game into overtime. Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer then threw an interception on the first possession and Hundley finished off the game with a 25-yard TD to Adams.

The Browns finish with Baltimore at home and Chicago and Pittsburgh on the road. It’s going to be too much to ask for them to win two of their last three when they haven’t won any of their first 13.