When should Giants bench Eli Manning? Is there a viable alternative? | Talk is Cheap (PODCAST)

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There is no consecutive games played streak to protect this time.

Unlike a year ago — when the Giants came up with a cockeyed plan to allow Eli Manning to continue being an iron man while benching him at the same time — the Giants do not have to worry about ruining a source of personal pride for their two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese took the hit before they were fired by ending Manning’s streak of 210 straight starts, second-best to Brett Favre all-time at the quarterback position.

So co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur only have to worry about hurting Manning’s feelings if and when they bench him during the course of another lost season.

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The Giants are 1-5 after a 33-31 loss to the Eagles, and Manning is willing to shoulder a lot of the blame for the poor start. 

Manning has done that often throughout his career like a good quarterback comfortable in his own skin should, but the calls for his job never been louder because of the combination of his age (37) and declining performance.

So when should the Giants move on? Is there a viable alternative to turn to in 2018?

The schedule includes 10 days between games, when the Giants re-take the field on a Monday night at Atlanta, and then a short week before facing the Redskins at home. The Giants have their bye in Week 9 before a Monday night road game against the 49ers.

NJ Advance Media’s Giants reporters Ryan Dunleavy and Matt Lombardo examine the handling a sticky quarterback situation and how it could or should affect the legacy of Manning on this latest edition of the Talk is Cheap podcast.

Episode info: 

* Episode No. 140
* Featuring Matt Lombardo and Ryan Dunleavy

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