Eli Manning to start for New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

Eli Manning to start for New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

Eli Manning is officially back as the New York Giants' starting quarterback.

"Eli was emotional", Archie said.

The 36-year-old Manning was told of the decision on Tuesday.

"Steve Spagnuolo, our defensive coordinator and a former National Football League head coach, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season".

"I went in the next day and just said, 'I can't do it that way, '" Manning told Francesa. I appreciate and love the New York Giants. I particularly want to thank the entire coaching staff for their dedication and hard work.

Mara signed off on McAdoo's plan to bench Manning at halftime in Oakland because he wanted to see Smith and Webb play in the final five games of a lost season. While the injury-ridden squad may not have the talent to take down the Cowboys this weekend even with Eli back at the helm, it needs the calm, cool and collected Manning to lead them through the mess management has made of this season.

Of course, some of the offensive linemen appeared to tease him as he entered the huddle.

"What you have to understand is that when I was coaching just the defense, I have the blinders on and all I'm anxious about is just the defense".

Nearly every other key contributor or starter stayed healthy, with Darian Thompson, who certainly isn't a game-changer by any means (just yet, at least), being the "biggest" name placed on Injured Reserve.

"It was good to see 10 in there", Justin Pugh said. "That's why you take one game at a time and obviously, that starting job was taken from me, I don't want to lose it".


Eli Manning has loved being the quarterback of the New York Giants through three presidents now. "What happened, happened. In the long run, hopefully it's a really good thing".

But you want to play?

"Eli Manning will be the quarterback for this team in this game", Spagnuolo said.

Spagnuolo was not sure whether the evaluation would be done, adding his goal is to win games. Since the Week 8 bye, the Giants offense has averaged 13.25 points per game in Manning's four starts.

Spagnuolo had a long meeting with Smith and understood his disappointment at losing the starting job through no fault of his own.

But when asked if Webb would handle the scout-team duties by himself this week, Spagnuolo said, "Probably not this week". "He said he appreciated that and was going to talk with the offensive guys, and I hope I'm out there against the Dallas Cowboys".

"I'll call it drills where Davis has done things where he would do as he prepared to be a one or a two. You never know what will happen".

A lot has also been made of poor Giants' rosters for a three-year stretch from 2013 to 2015.

"I feel bad for Geno, too", Pugh said. "I get that everyone wants to support Eli, but by supporting one man and putting another down is not the way to do it". Pugh and RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) and DT Damon Harrison (elbow) were limited.

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