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Eli Manning has empathy for Geno Smith's plight

The Giants' Eli Manning looks on during warmups

The Giants' Eli Manning looks on during warmups before a game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Al Bello

Eli Manning's career hasn't been an unending stream of Super Bowls and successes. He's had slumps and poor performances and in four of the last five years, he hasn't made the playoffs. During those sour periods, he's heard plenty of derision from fans -- even at home games.

Especially at home games.

"For the most part, if they're yelling at you, then you probably deserve it in some sense," he said Monday.

After Jets quarterback Geno Smith fired back verbally at some fans while leaving the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Manning admitted that he's been tempted to do the same thing. He never has. At least not out loud.

"You try not to," he said. "You can always think things."

Manning said he understands Smith's frustration. "Every quarterback goes through it," he said.

"You're going to have some good games and you're going to have some bad games. You'll have some tough stretches, just getting through it, working through it and work hard and if you're doing the right things, it will ease up."

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