Less than a week after seeing his streak of 210 consecutive starts come to an end, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be back in his familiar starting role again on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, a team source confirmed Tuesday. That's exactly what McAdoo was told to do in the first place, and his ability to carry out orders was the final straw for his dismissal. "What happened, happened. In the long run, hopefully it's a really good thing". 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. I wasn't mad at Coach McAdoo.
What was your meeting like with interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo when you told him you wanted to start?
The irony of this situation is the fact that the one time Reese picked a quarterback to potentially be the next franchise guy (Davis Webb), he never even got the chance to watch him play, because, well, he got fired. I want to be the starting quarterback, I want to be out there and I just want to make sure that he knew that. "So, I took my gut and visited with the offensive coaches and together with that and my gut, Eli Manning is going to be our quarterback".
"I am just going to continue to be the same guy, continue to support my guys, my teammates", said Smith, a former Jet who was signed as a free agent in the offseason. "So, I'm happy that he went with that decision and he has the faith in me, we can go win this football game with me as the quarterback".
Expressing gratitude for the messages he received following his axing, Manning added: "I appreciate all the support the fans have given me over this past week - it's been overwhelming".
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I think I had an opportunity to play.
He was stung by Manning's refusal to play under such circumstances and even more by the outrage of fans, ex-Manning teammates and National Football League people across the country. Until Ben McAdoo got involved. The NFL is absolutely a business, and they had every right as business people to fire Eli if they didn't think the relationship was paying off anymore. I'm built for everything that's going to come my way and I know that all of these tests and these trials are preparing me for something greater. I'm thankful for the adversity and I look forward to it.
In an interview with WFAN Radio in NY on Monday, the 36-year-old Manning said he talked to Spagnuolo and told him he wanted to start. "So that's what I will work on".
"Three more years, two more years, I don't know", Manning said.
"I'm not looking for any extra attention", Manning said, "but if they want to cheer, always appreciate cheers".