The New York Giants decided to bench Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith this week. Manning’s former backup, David Carr, does not agree with the decision.
Carr didn’t hold back on social media following the surprising news.
“They’ve lost their collective minds,” Carr wrote on social media.
The former No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Draft played 10 seasons in the league. Three of those years were as Manning’s backup in New York. He obviously sides with with his former teammate.
New York’s move means that Manning’s 210 consecutive regular-season starts streak will come to an end on Sunday. It is the second longest streak in NFL history. Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre owns the record with 297 consecutive starts.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo gave Manning the option to keep the streak alive but the quarterback declined.
“Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning said, via the team’s official website. “My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”
The Giants are in the midst of a nightmare season. At 2-9 the Giants have no chance at making the playoff and the team has 19 players on injured reserve.
For Manning in particular, let the speculation commence. Manning’s future in New York is in doubt.