Even the guy who would benefit the most from benching Eli Manning seems to be against the idea.
“Eli is our quarterback and I think he’s doing a great job and he’ll continue to do a great job,” backup quarterback Curtis Painter said (apparently using the word “great” as a euphemism for “interception-prone”). Manning leads the league with 15 interceptions and some questions have started to bubble up about the possibility of his being benched, even for a quarter or so, to get him out of his funk. That would mean that Painter would have to step in and play.
I asked Painter how shocked he would be if that actually happened. It seemed as if he had never considered the possibility. He’s here to play if Manning gets hurt or to mop up the last snaps of blowouts, not to take over the starting job from a two-time Super Bowl MVP.
“I don’t know how I would act,” Painter said. “I don’t think we have to worry about that.”