Chargers QB Philip Rivers on Eli Manning benching: ‘I honestly thought it was pathetic’

Los Angeles Chargers Philip Rivers left no doubt about his feelings on the New York Giants deciding not to go with quarterback Eli Manning as their quarterback to finish this season.

The Giants gave Manning the opportunity to start on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and break Jim Otto’s record of consecutive starts, but they would be letting their other quarterbacks play. Manning declined, and Rivers believes that the Giants are dead wrong for how they’re treating his classmate from the 2004 NFL draft.

“I honestly thought it was pathetic,” Rivers said, via NFL Network’s Rich Eisen. “He’s been out there 210 straight games with no telling how many bumps and bruises and injuries for his team, won two Super Bowl MVP’s, the respect he’s had in the locker room… You feel like the guy has earned the opportunity, if they do decide to go in the other direction, that he’s earned the opportunity to finish is off these last five weeks.”

Rivers does make a point. If the Giants do want to go in a different direction next season, they can hash that out during offseason and let Manning finish his time in New York with dignity.

It makes sense that they want to see what they have in quarterback Geno Smith, he’s starting against the Raiders, and Davis Webb. However, playing with a receiving corps ravaged by injury doesn’t give either one of those quarterbacks a fair chance to make a case to be the starter in 2018.

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