Fresh start: Giants go back to Eli Manning

Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese are gone, but Eli Manning is back as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants.

On the day McAdoo was fired as head coach and Reese let go from his general manager job by the Giants, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo returned Manning to the top of the quarterback depth chart.

Six days before, McAdoo announced Manning was headed to the bench to permit the franchise to evaluate backup Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb.

Manning had a streak of 210 consecutive starts end Sunday when the Giants lost 24-17 in Oakland. Only Brett Favre (297 games) had a longer streak of starts.

Manning, 36, became the starter in New York as a rookie in 2004. He holds just about every Giants passing record.

Smith threw a touchdown pass and lost two fumbles Sunday at Oakland. After the game, McAdoo indicated Smith had done enough to get another start and Manning said he held no grudges toward the people making the decision.

“I don’t blame anybody for the way it was handled,” Manning said Sunday night. “I think Coach McAdoo tried to do something right by me, by saying they were going to let me play. But just knowing that I was going to come out of the game, I just couldn’t play it that way.
“You know, I appreciated it. He was trying to do me a favor, but it’s just not the way I could go into a game, knowing I’m going to be pulled out. I appreciated them giving me that option, but I think he understood when I said I can’t do it that way.”

The Giants host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.