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Ben McAdoo has ‘no regrets’ over handling of Eli Manning’s benching

Ben McAdoo claims to have “no regrets” over how the New York Giants handled the unceremonious benching of veteran quarterback Eli Manning.

The beleaguered head coach and the Giants organization have come under fire for the arguably bungled manner in which Manning was benched after starting every game for the team since since 2004, snapping a streak of 210 games.

“I was honest, I was upfront with Eli and I don’t have any regrets with the way it was handled,” McAdoo said Friday, via

Manning was reportedly offered the opportunity to continue his consecutive start streak before ceding the game to Geno Smith, but he declined. Davis Webb, whom Manning was spotted mentoring the day after his benching, is also expected to see action in the remaining weeks of the nightmarish season.

There appears to be some disconnect within the Giants organization over how the situation was handled. Giants co-owner John Mara admitted earlier in the week that “maybe I would have handled that a little bit differently.”

McAdoo, however, indicated on Friday that all involved parties “were on the same page with how it was going to be handled.”

Mara was asked if McAdoo could have handled the announcement of Manning’s benching with more compassion.

“I suppose he could have,” Mara said. “I don’t think that’s necessarily his strength, but I suppose he could have. Again, at the end of the day, does it really make any difference? The fact of the matter is it’s a major decision for this franchise and with a beloved figure, people are not going to like it.”

McAddoo indicated emotion should not come into play when making such decisions.

“You have to separate the emotions and your feelings and make a decision with what you feel is right for the organization moving forward,” McAdoo said.

The backlash to Manning’s benching has been swift within the NFL community. It inspired snark from the New York tabloids, not to mention a few critical billboards near MetLife Stadium commissioned by disgruntled Giants fans. One former teammate said “it just wasn’t right” with how the Giants treated Manning.