Man­ning’s bench­ing mis­han­dled, Giants boss ad­mits

The Globe and Mail (Atlantic Edition) - - GLOBE SPORTS - TOM CANA­VAN

Co-owner John Mara says there was prob­a­bly a bet­ter way for the New York Giants to han­dle the bench­ing of two-time Su­per Bowl MVP Eli Man­ning af­ter 13 sea­sons.

But he was at a loss to know what it was.

Speak­ing for the first time since coach Ben McA­doo an­nounced Tues­day that Geno Smith would start against Oak­land, Mara said Wed­nes­day that he made a cou­ple of mis­takes in han­dling the sit­u­a­tion.

Not be­ing at the team’s head­quar­ters on Tues­day when Man­ning was dev­as­tated by the de­ci­sion topped the list.

Mara also said that he mis­cal­cu­lated Man­ning’s re­ac­tion, think­ing the 36-year-old face of the fran­chise would ac­cept start­ing his 211th con­sec­u­tive game on Sun­day and then hand­ing off to Smith in sec­ond half.

Man­ning felt that was a sham and Mara didn’t re­al­ize so un­til hav­ing an emo­tional talk with the quar­ter­back on Wed­nes­day.

Mara said he spoke to gen­eral man­ager Jerry Reese about two weeks ago and said it was time to start eval­u­at­ing the back­ups, Smith and rookie Davis Webb.

Reese had al­ready spo­ken to McA­doo about the same thing and the sec­ond-year coach de­cided to make the move on Tues­day, af­ter the Giants (2-9) re­turned from an ex­tended Thanks­giv­ing week­end break. Reese had in­formed Mara about the change on Mon­day.

The de­ci­sion was met with ma­jor dis­ap­proval by fans and former Giants play­ers, which Mara ex­pected, but not to the de­gree it hap­pened.

Mara in­sisted the move does not end Man­ning’s ca­reer with the Giants.

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