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McAdoo: Giants “not to that point” of benching Eli Manning

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Some in the fan base might be ready for a future with someone other than Eli Manning at quarterback for the New York Giants. Coach Ben McAdoo, though, does not believe the time for that has arrived — even at 1-6 and with a 36-year-old quarterback.

“It’s a coaching decision,” McAdoo said Monday when asked if moving on from Eli at some point would be his call or ownership’s. “But it’s something that if it ever would get to that point I would want to have a conversation with Jerry (Reese) and ownership on.

“But it’s not to that point and I don’t see that point coming. Eli is our quarterback. I have 100 percent confidence in Eli.”

Manning has passed for only 262 yards combined during the past two weeks, and Sunday he had an average of only 3.95 yards per pass attempt. Manning completing a career-high 64.2 percent of his passes, but he is averaging only 228.6 yards passing per game, his lowest since 2008. He is on pace for 3,657 passing yards, which would be his lowest total since 2008.

Manning isn’t blameless for the Giants’ struggles. It is impossible, however, to scapegoat him with the injuries the Giants have suffered, the inadequate offensive line play and the often ineffective running game.

The Giants have lost Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for the season, and played most of the last three games without Sterling Shepard. They are 30th in the league in points.

The Giants drafted quarterback Davis Webb in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Whether or not he is the franchise’s quarterback of the future is anyone’s guess at this point.

With Manning far closer to the end of his career than the beginning, the season already lost and the Giants headed for a top five pick in a draft many think is flush with top-tier quarterbacks you have to think the Giants’ decision-makers will need to have that discussion at some point.