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Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo is moving on from Eli Manning

Coach says he isn’t, but his words and actions make it clear he really is

NFL: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo said “no” when asked Monday if he thought Eli Manning was done with the New York Giants.

Actions, though, speak louder than words — and benching a two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback speaks pretty loudly about Manning’s future with the Giants. Especially if the embattled McAdoo returns as coach next season.

McAdoo said Tuesday that is “on the same page” with GM Jerry Reese and ownership regarding Manning. The coach certainly didn’t endorse Manning as the team’s quarterback for 2018.

“I think a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have done a lot for a lot of teams haven’t been able to choose the way that they get to move on and I’m not saying that we’re moving on, but at some point in time, you have to make hard, tough decisions for the best of the franchise. And, that’s what I have to do here,” he said.

McAdoo added that “time will tell” if Manning has a future with the Giants, and that if he he returns as coach next season whether Manning is the quarterback will be “part of the evaluation process.”

That certainly sounds like a coach moving on from a franchise quarterback.