'Boomer And Gio': It Was Time To Turn The Page On Eli

Boomer and Gio
September 18, 2019 - 9:51 am

Not only was the Giants' decision to start Daniel Jones at quarterback inevitable, it was overdue, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said Wednesday.

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"It happened. It had to happen. It needed to happen," Giannotti said at the start of the "Boomer and Gio" show. 

But Gio said he doesn't believe the Giants decided to bench Eli Manning now because they view 2019 as a lost season and wanted to give Jones, whom they drafted sixth overall in April, some experience. 

"I believe that it happened because they're 0-2, they've got two winnable games coming up, and they believe that they have a better shot to win those games with Daniel Jones at quarterback than Eli Manning," Giannotti said. 

Esiason said he "whole-heartedly" agrees with the QB switch, even knowing that moving on from the iconic Manning can be a sensitive topic.

"The Giants have been very compassionate and very good to Eli over the years," he said. "Two hundred and fifty million dollars. They let him pick where he wanted to play, if you remember that when he came out in the draft. Very few players get a chance to do that. And six out of the last seven years, it's been a losing record. Most quarterbacks ... three of the last six years with a losing record would've been out. So he is still here. The euology shouldn't be written just yet. He may have a chance to play as the season goes on. You never know what happens in the NFL."

Giannotti said he doesn't understand why so many Giants fans seemed sad about Manning's benching. 


"It shouldn't be sadness," he said. "It should be looking back and saying: 'Wow, OK, we're moving on. There's some excitement with the quarterback, and I'm so happy that Eli gave me all these great moments, and now I'm ready for the next era.' It was as if this guy had to retire because of injury and he still had five great years left. That was sort of the reaction yesterday."

Boomer said the Giants made a mistake by bringing Manning back this season. 

"I would've said at the end of last season: 'That's it. We're going to move on, and we're going to draft a kid and give Eli a chance, that if he wanted to still play and maybe wanted to go play with another team, he could've done that in the offseason,'" Esiason said.

To listen to the open from Wednesday's show, click on the audio player above.