Former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo claimed he’s “at peace” with the decision that led to the unceremonious end of Eli Manning’s consecutive games streak.
A backlash from the team’s fanbase ensued on Nov. 28 shortly after Geno Smith was announced as the team’s starter for the Dec. 3 game versus Oakland, thereby ending Manning’s streak at 210 consecutive games.
“Right or wrong, I am at peace with how I handled the decision to play quarterbacks other than Eli Manning down the stretch of last season,” the 41-year-old McAdoo wrote, per Peter King’s Football Morning in America.
“At the time, we were 2-9, beat up, and I told Eli we wanted to see the other quarterbacks on the roster — including our promising rookie, Davis Webb. I was not ending Eli’s career with the Giants; I was making sure we knew what we had behind him with a high draft choice prior to a big quarterback draft. I gave him the option to start the games to keep his streak alive. I understand why he said no, and he was a true pro about it.
“My bedside manner hurt me that week. I’m working on that. I do think it was special how his former teammates and the fans rallied around him that week. But if there’s one thing I want fans of the Giants to know, it’s that I made this call to try to make the Giants stronger for the future. It probably got me fired, but I believe I did the right thing for the right reasons.”
McAdoo was fired on Dec. 4 with four games remaining in the regular season. The Giants were 2-10 in McAdoo’s second season when management decided to axe the coach along with general manager Jerry Reese.