Mara acknowledges mistakes made with Manning's benching

Plaxico Burress and Eli Manning were teammates on the Giants from 2005-2008

Plaxico Burress and Eli Manning were teammates on the Giants from 2005-2008

The 36-year old Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion and MVP, was informed by Giants coach Ben McAdoo that Geno Smith would be playing Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. "But I understand his feeling, and I respect his decision", Mara said. Throughout the process, Manning has handled it with professionalism while still airing that he didn't agree with the decision to bench him in favor of backup Geno Smith.

I was surprised to hear earlier this week that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's streak of 210 consecutive starts would come to an end. "You have to take any accomplishments out of it and evaluate the roster".

Although many players have ripped the Giants for benching Manning, Strahan's words might burn a little more since he's one of the most prolific players in team history.

"I think there's always these types of situations", Brady said.

"It's eye-opening that you have to take every play, every game, don't take it for granted, take it for what it is because you never know when you're done". Wheeler struggled in his second career start, allowing Ryan Kerrigan to sack Manning twice and Mack will surely be a mismatch for the undrafted rookie.

"I believe he can still win in the National Football League and I hope it is here", Mara said. Brady said that's just the way it goes. Basically both players believe that if the Giants really wanted to bench Manning, they should have let him play out the season and then figured things out in the offseason. Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards. "I don't think there's any player - current or former - who think this is right". "And that's just pro sports".

It is unfortunate that athletes, especially ones like Manning, who have given everything they have to an organization, are sometimes not given the right to "go out" or "finish things" on their own terms.

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