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Greason: Eli Manning is what the Giants need right now

07 December 2017

He had walked into Spagnuolo's office on Monday after McAdoo was sacked and told the former defensive coordinator that he wanted to start again.

"This past week doesn't change my love for the New York Giants, and everything we've been able to accomplish and what we continue to want to accomplish here", Manning said.

During Gruden's Monday Night Football broadcast between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, his co-host Sean McDonough asked him if he would consider the recently vacant NY job.

It should be noted that McAdoo's original plan was to start Manning and allow him to keep his 210 consecutive starts streak alive, then pull him at halftime for Smith. The streak was the second-longest in National Football League history, only surpassed by Brett Favre (297).

The move was not announced by Spagnuolo until after practice Wednesday, but the first hint came when the 36-year-old Manning took the first snap when the offense went to work.

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Of course, some of the offensive linemen appeared to tease him as he entered the huddle.

The irony of this situation is the fact that the one time Reese picked a quarterback to potentially be the next franchise guy (Davis Webb), he never even got the chance to watch him play, because, well, he got fired. It was good to see 10 in there. I want to be the starting quarterback, I want to be out there and I just want to make sure that he knew that.

The benching of Manning last week upset the quarterback and angered Giants fans.

"Dear (Giants fan), Today, we made the hard decision to relieve head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese of their duties", read the letter. "This season has been extremely disappointing for our organization, and we determined now was the right time to make these changes".

"I think you all know how I feel about Eli", Spagnuolo said. While football should never be played with individual stats or streaks or milestones in mind, there is something to be said for recognizing what you have in a particular player.

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"When John Mara and I talked, one of the first things he asked was about the quarterback situation and I said, 'John, my gut right now is that Eli should be the starter, '" Spagnuolo said. The Giants will, at some point soon, get Webb some playing time.

Spagnuolo had a long meeting with Smith and understood his disappointment at losing the starting job through no fault of his own.

But when asked if Webb would handle the scout-team duties by himself this week, Spagnuolo said, "Probably not this week". I'm just going to continue to be the same guy, continue to support my guys, my teammates.

"I'll call it drills where Davis has done things where he would do as he prepared to be a one or a two".

Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. The Giants also play at Arizona on December 24. It's just uncalled for.

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Greason: Eli Manning is what the Giants need right now