Giants stick behind Eli Manning despite struggles

Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard

Manning has struggled through the first six games this year, and he appeared nearly incapable of throwing the ball downfield in Thursday night's 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Manning's play was so poor that his teammates, especially Beckham, were visibly frustrated. In the aftermath, many are calling for the Giants to bench Manning. A good game against the Panthers in Week 5 ended in a loss, and although it was arguably Manning's best game of the season he still threw two picks.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Beckham was dehydrated and going to get an IV, and Beckham explained further, according to Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. It seemed Eli Manning's impressive streak of consecutive starts, second to only Brett Favre's, came to a tragic end for no apparent reason.

Smith served as the Giants backup last season and started the team's first game after McAdoo was sacked - a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

"Listen, we're not talking about a quarterback change yet", he said.

Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, is now 37 years old and clearly in the twilight of his career.

Manning has completed a career-high 68.7% of passing attempts this season, throwing six touchdowns and four interceptions.