Eli Manning outlines 'great respect' for McAdoo


During Monday's press conference announcing the firings of coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, Giants co-owner John Mara said his understanding was Manning would start against Dallas. "I get that everyone wants to support Eli, but by supporting one man and putting another down is not the way to do it".

"I don't want to leave the Giants".

A lot has also been made of poor Giants' rosters for a three-year stretch from 2013 to 2015. Has that plan been scratched now? I just felt like we needed a complete overhaul. I'm not sure I can assess or answer that question right now. If you want to get fans back on board with a 2-10 season, starting Manning is the way to do it. "What happened, happened. In the long run, hopefully it's a really good thing".

"Steve Spagnuolo, our defensive coordinator and a former National Football League head coach, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season". "We need to evaluate our other QB's on the team, and see what they got", Coach Ben McAdoo said earlier in the week. We had a great relationship, I hope we continue to have one.

"I do not know for certain if I'm starting". He said that he was going to think about and talk with the coaches, but his gut said that I would be the starting quarterback. A streak that is remarkable came to an end on Sunday. It had only been 30 minutes since I had been told he was the head coach. I spoke to (inaudible) about something that kind of hit me last week which is a speech by coach Bobby Blick and it was about being an oak tree no matter if the sun is shining or if the wind is blowing and it's storming. Just staying rooted, staying grounded and being the same guy.

"I am just going to continue to be the same guy, continue to support my guys, my teammates", said Smith, a former Jet who was signed as a free agent in the offseason.

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Do you think you got a raw deal? "I think Coughlin had such a command". Until Ben McAdoo got involved.

"I'll call it drills where Davis has done things where he would do as he prepared to be a one or a two". So I look at adversity as something that can be positive. "I'm going to try to do my best this week and see what happens going forward". The benching ended a streak of 210 consecutive starts by the New York Giants star.

Mara and Tisch then proceeded to thank the fans for their loyalty throughout the turmoil. My family and I enjoyed every day of my tenure with the Giants, thanks in large part to the commitment of everybody in the organization. "So that's what I will work on". But he didn't anticipate the strong, emotional reactions from both Manning and the Giant fan base.

"I'm not looking for any extra attention", Manning said, "but if they want to cheer, always appreciate cheers".

"Three more years, two more years, I don't know", Manning said. "This is all I know, is playing for the New York Giants and I've never wished to change that".