Coach Ben McAdoo said after Sunday’s 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams that the team would need to look at the possibility of getting reps to players who have a chance to be part of their future. Quarterback included.
McAdoo said Monday that Manning will remain the starter Sunday on the road against the winless San Francisco 49ers, as if that was ever seriously in question. Manning has been the Giants’ only starting quarterback since midway through his rookie season in 2004.
That might change sometime in the final seven weeks.
“I mean, Eli, he’s our quarterback,” McAdoo said Monday on a conference call with reporters. “That doesn’t mean sometime we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.”
Manning will tie his brother Peyton with his 207th consecutive regular-season start on Sunday. That will not factor into the decision when or if the Giants (1-7) decide to take a look at rookie Davis Webb later this season.
“I’m not concerned about streaks,” McAdoo said. “We want to try to do anything we can do to get a win.”
Webb was a third-round pick in this year’s draft out of California. He has been inactive for all eight Giants games this season, but the Giants’ future could benefit from taking a look at the youngster. He didn’t get a lot of snaps at training camp or in the preseason because he was the fourth quarterback on the roster.
Webb has been the third-stringer since final cuts. The Giants have continued doing extra opportunity periods and even workouts to get Webb and some of the younger players additional reps.
Manning, 36, said after Sunday’s loss that he wanted to remain the starter. His stance surprisingly didn’t change the following day.
It’s not even something he claims to be contemplating at this point.
“That’s not in my thought process right now,” Manning said during an interview on WFAN.
McAdoo doesn’t expect anything different from his veteran quarterback. Manning has started every game since taking over for Kurt Warner during his rookie campaign, and he has expressed no desire to stop playing anytime soon.
Manning said during the summer he would like to play into his 40s. He emphatically stated Sunday night he wanted to remain the Giants’ starter.
“I’m glad he said that,” McAdoo said. “He’s a pro football player. That is what he should be saying.”
Manning didn’t play particularly well on Sunday. He hasn’t played particularly well this season. He has accounted for 13 touchdowns and nine turnovers in eight games.
Manning threw for 220 yards, with two touchdowns, an interception and lost fumble against the Rams. But he missed several open receivers deep downfield throughout the contest, including a potential 75-yard touchdown to Sterling Shepard in the second quarter. He also missed open wide receiver Tavarres King for a touchdown on back-to-back plays right before the half.
Clearly, Manning isn’t the Giants’ only problem. They have plenty. They’re averaging 16.1 points per game. Their defense has painfully regressed and didn’t show up against the Rams. And the special teams have continuously made costly mistakes.
McAdoo isn’t anywhere close to pointing the finger exclusively at his quarterback.
“Every position needs to be held accountable, and every position needs to play to a high standard. Same thing for the coaches,” McAdoo said. “And obviously, when you lose in the fashion we lost [Sunday], it’s not good enough. Anywhere. Coaching or playing.”
But he’s not at the point where he’s ready to put Webb into the line.
“I just told you [Manning’s] our quarterback,” McAdoo said. “I have a lot of confidence in Eli. That hasn’t changed.”