Eli Manning might have been better off tearing his ACL this season like so many other star NFL players have this year. While that might sound harsh, it’s the truth. The New York Giants‘ quarterback has gone from franchise hero to village idiot in a matter of months. Manning hit rock bottom in Week 15 as he became the first quarterback since Mark Sanchez in 2009 to throw zero touchdowns, five interceptions and under 200 yards passing in the same game — now that is hard to do.
Even still, the Giants really have no back-up plan to Manning. Keep in mind that Manning has started 148 consecutive games, which happens to be the second-longest active streak in the NFL. In addition, New York’s back-up quarterback is Curtis Painter, who is perhaps the worst quarterback of this decade. Now, you may remember the Giants using a fourth-round pick on quarterback Ryan Nassib this April, but he’s all but useless at this point.
After a dismal preseason, the rookie signal-caller has been cemented on the practice squad all year and is a long shot to move up from the scout team at all in 2013. In fact, head coach Tom Coughlin admitted earlier in the week that Nassib won’t be playing on Sunday’s anytime soon. When asked about Nassib possibly taking a struggling Manning’s spot, the HC said “not at this point in time.”
So there you have it. Stop with the Nassib rumors, because the kid just isn’t that good and Manning isn’t going to get yanked with two games left! As cruel as it may sound: Giants fans need to stop whining because even though Manning leads the league in interceptions with 25, he also brought two Lombardi Trophies to the Big Apple not too long ago.