GLENDALE, Ariz. — Davis Webb remained inactive for a 15th straight recreation to begin the quarterback’s rookie season with the Giants, regardless of taking some first-team reps in apply in the course of the week.
And Eli Manning will begin at quarterback within the Giants’ Week 17 season finale subsequent Sunday towards Washington at MetLife Stadium, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo stated after the Giants’ 23-Zero Christmas Eve loss to the Cardinals.
“Eli will begin, after which we’ll in all probability take it little by little,” Spagnuolo stated. “We’ll take it and see the way it goes.”
This implies that there’s a robust probability Webb is not going to play in any respect in his rookie season, although the Giants are inching towards the No. 2 total choose with an opportunity to draft a high quarterback in April’s NFL Draft.
Dressing Webb in video games resembling Sunday’s would have offered alternatives to present him reps and consider some movie on his skill to handle the offense. However Spagnuolo made clear in his most in depth feedback on the topic but that successful is his precedence; taking part in Webb is just not.
“No, we could not (play Webb when the sport obtained out of hand), as a result of he was inactive,” Spagnuolo stated. “We determined to maintain making an attempt to win the soccer recreation. To me, when it is a two-possession recreation we’re making an attempt to win the sport. And three possession with time (left), if Davis was up there, he in all probability would have been handing the ball off. I do not know if we might have put him within the scenario. I feel we have got to be good. I get the query. I get it.”
Backup Geno Smith arguably ought to have changed Manning within the fourth quarter because the offensive line crumbled and Manning took constant hits. Manning’s fourth-quarter sack fumble, pressured by Deone Bucannon that Robert Nkemdiche returned 21 yards for the landing, ought to have been it.
However Spagnuolo left Manning in. And Manning stated when requested if there ever was a dialogue about taking him out of the sport: “No, not that I do know of.”
“The sack fumble obtained it to 23. That will have been the one spot we might have considered it,” Spagnuolo stated. “However I needed Eli to return out and get some confidence. However that is a troublesome one. It occurs.”
Manning completed 27-of-45 for 263 yards, two interceptions, one fumble and a 57.9 passer score. The shutout, turnover-filled loss was a dramatic distinction from Manning’s Week 16 efficiency towards the Eagles when he accomplished 37-of-57 passes for 434 yards, three TDs and one interception.
Unusually, the Giants didn’t run the hurry-up, up-tempo offense that gave them success towards Philly and as a substitute had been extra conservative early on. Nevertheless, Spagnuolo alarmingly stated the plan had been to run the identical kind of offense that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan oversaw towards the Eagles. Fail.
“The plan was to not go away from it,” Spagnuolo stated. “We did have some accidents there that modified some calls.”
A disgusted Sterling Shepard characterised the offensive efficiency completely.
“You go from the week placing up the very best factors you’ve got put as much as placing up a goose egg,” Shepard stated. “Fairly irritating.”