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Ben McAdoo’s benching of Eli Manning didn’t sit well with Cooper

With the 2017 season already down the drain and his fate as head coach likely determined, Ben McAdoo decided to bench New York Giants great Eli Manning with just five remaining.

It was a move of desperation and one that has become a stain on not just Manning’s career, but in the history of the Giants as a whole.

McAdoo went with Geno Smith and the results were the same. A week later, the coach realized the err of his ways and went back to Manning. However, it was already too late at that point and Eli’s ironman streak had been snapped.

Manning never complained. He never sulked, he never pouted and he continued to put his team first. But behind the scenes, his family was fuming.

Yes, even the always laughing Cooper Manning.

“I remember feeling kind of sick about that, I didn’t like that. That did not sit well with me. But it’s the NFL, it’s a business, you learn to expect the unexpected,” Cooper told the New York Post.

“Eli never complained, and never made excuses and never talked bad about any player or coach as long as I’ve known him. Never. Never. And he had ample opportunities over the course of a career — you have some stuff that goes wrong, some guys that behave poorly or don’t act right or aren’t trying … and he never, ever, ever would ever talk bad about anyone.”

Eli should have complained. He still should complain about it. But he won’t.

Meanwhile, McAdoo claimed he was at peace with the decision even though his logic fell short.

“Right or wrong, I am at peace with how I handled the decision to play quarterbacks other than Eli Manning down the stretch of last season,” McAdoo told Peter King in 2018. “I was not ending Eli’s career with the Giants; I was sure we knew what we had behind him with a high draft choice prior to a big quarterback draft.”

That statement would hold water had McAdoo gone with Davis Webb instead of Geno Smith. He didn’t. And he reversed course a week later and ended up never calling Webb’s name.

It was a disastrous decision by the man with the ill-fitting suit and it wasn’t necessarily what cost him his job, but it was certainly a nail in the coffin.

On Sunday, Cooper will join many of Eli’s former teammates as he’s inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor and has his No. 10 jersey retired. McAdoo will be watching from his office down in Dallas.

With the 2017 season already down the drain and his fate as head coach likely determined, Ben McAdoo decided to bench New York Giants great Eli Manning with just five remaining.
It was a move of desperation and one that has become a stain on not just Manning’s career, but in the history of the Giants as a whole.
McAdoo went with Geno Smith and the results were the same. A week later, the coach realized the err of his ways and went back to Manning. However, it was already too late at that point and Eli’s ironman streak had been snapped.
Manning never complained. He never sulked, he never pouted and he continued to put his team first. But behind the scenes, his family was fuming.
Yes, even the always laughing Cooper Manning.
“I remember feeling kind of sick about that, I didn’t like that. That did not sit well with me. But it’s the NFL, it’s a business, you learn to expect the unexpected,” Cooper told the New York Post.
“Eli never complained, and never made excuses and never talked bad about any player or coach as long as I’ve known him. Never. Never. And he had ample opportunities over the course of a career — you have some stuff that goes wrong, some guys that behave poorly or don’t act right or aren’t trying … and he never, ever, ever would ever talk bad about anyone.”
Eli should have complained. He still should complain about it. But he won’t.
Meanwhile, McAdoo claimed he was at peace with the decision even though his logic fell short.
“Right or wrong, I am at peace with how I handled the decision to play quarterbacks other than Eli Manning down the stretch of last season,” McAdoo told Peter King in 2018. “I was not ending Eli’s career with the Giants; I was sure we knew what we had behind him with a high draft choice prior to a big quarterback draft.”
That statement would hold water had McAdoo gone with Davis Webb instead of Geno Smith. He didn’t. And he reversed course a week later and ended up never calling Webb’s name.
It was a disastrous decision by the man with the ill-fitting suit and it wasn’t necessarily what cost him his job, but it was certainly a nail in the coffin.
On Sunday, Cooper will join many of Eli’s former teammates as he’s inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor and has his No. 10 jersey retired. McAdoo will be watching from his office down in Dallas.

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