NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants have nothing left to play for but pride, and that’s not going very well.
On top of that, with five more picks against Seattle on Sunday, Eli Manning is on the verge of setting a franchise record for interceptions in a season.
So is it time for a benching? WFAN co-host Craig Carton is calling for Big Blue to sit their franchise quarterback for the final two games in favor of the kid from Syracuse, fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib.
“It can’t be debated,” Carton said Monday morning. “There’s no arguing it, although I welcome the attempt. I will not lose this argument. I will not waver from this argument.”
Manning tied a career high with his 25th interception in a 23-0 loss to the visiting Seahawks. It gets worse. He passed Charlie Conerly for most picks in franchise history (169) and tied his own record — also owned by Conerly and Frank Filchock — for INTs in a season.
You know what that means: Manning could shatter the Giants’ dubious single-season mark if he plays against the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.
The Giants dropped their record to 5-9 with the defeat, which was lowlighted by an overall offensive performance that coach Tom Coughlin described as “pathetic.” New York was eliminated from playoff contention on Dec. 8.
Carton said his intention wasn’t to start any sort of quarterback controversy. The two-time Super Bowl MVP should, without a doubt, be the starter in 2014.
“Eli Manning is absolutely lost,” Carton said. “… He’s giving you no chance to win. The season is over anyway.”
But don’t bet on a change. Coughlin didn’t sound high on the idea of Nassib playing when asked about the possibility last week.
“Not at this point in time,” Coughlin said. “He has done very well as a scout team player. He has taken all of those running quarterback roles and done a great job with it … does a lot of good things. Very good, very sharp kid. Works his tail off. Knows what his spot is. He’s in that (quarterback) room with those guys, he’s like a sponge. That’s what the intent was.”
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