'Boomer And Gio': Giants Sticking With Eli Manning Makes No Sense

Boomer and Gio
September 16, 2019 - 9:04 am

For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Giants are 0-2 and going nowhere fast. It's time to make the switch at quarterback from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said Monday.

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Both Boomer and Gio prefaced their comments by saying they're not blaming Manning entirely for the Giants' 28-14 loss to the Bills on Sunday. But sticking with the 38-year-old quarterback accomplishes nothing, they said.

"What is the point of playing Eli at this juncture?" Giannotti said. "Just to get your money's worth 'cause he's making over $20 million this year? It's like enough! Enough of this! Teams that are this bad and have a track record of being this bad don't stick with the over-the-hill, expensive quarterback any longer. They don't do it."

Gio compared the Giants' situation this year to what the Baltimore Ravens did last year when they benched Joe Flacco for Lamar Jackson, who has been one of the NFL's most exciting players so far this season.

"Use this year now to get some experience for Daniel Jones," Giannotti said, who added that he would've started the rookie QB in Week 1.

Esiason said he agrees that the Giants don't seem to have a plan.

"What are you doing?" he said. "What's the idea? Who are you? Are we going to watch another horrendous six-game start, and then what?

"Why does a cornerback start as a rookie who's not ready to play, but yet every other team throws the ball at him?" Boomer added, referring to the struggling DeAndre Baker.

Giannotti responded: "We don't agree with the answer, but you know what the answer is, is the fact that there was an initial Eli Manning dismount that got completely botched a couple years ago. ... This now is an owner, I believe, who wants to make sure that when he says goodbye to this guy that gave Giant fans and that organization great moments that it's done the perfect way."

To listen to the open from Monday's "Boomer and Gio" in which the guys also discuss the Mets' loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, click on the audio player above.