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Giants’ Pat Shurmur finally cracks door on…

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Giants’ Pat Shurmur finally cracks door on...


Following a 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur seemed to slam the door on any notion that quarterback Eli Manning would be benched in Week 3.

“I think we have to look at how our team played and go back and take steps to get better in all areas,” Shurmur told reporters after the loss. “I don’t think that’s a conversation for right now. I think everyone has to play better.”

Less than 24 hours later, Shurmur seems to have changed his tune slightly, softening his previously emphatic stance on Manning remaining the team’s starter, instead, cracking the door open to the possibility of Daniel Jones taking over against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Shurmur is often vague when discussing personnel changes, but both he and general manager Dave Gettleman have remained steadfast in their belief that Manning gave the Giants the best opportunity to win. These comments finally change that dynamic a bit.

I remain of the belief that it’s not time to sit Manning down, but with the defense riding with cornerback Deandre Baker, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, linebacker Ryan Connelly, and other rookies through their early struggles, why not do the same with Jones? The Giants can’t have it both ways, so they must commit to one side or the other — try to win or try to build. They clearly can’t do both.

Could Week 2 be the final time we see Manning on the field in a Giants uniform? Probably not, but it’s becoming clear that that moment is fast approaching.

For his part, Manning remains focused and ready to go if called upon — whether that be as a starter or a backup.


In dramatic change, Pat Shurmur finally cracks door on benching Eli Manning

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