New York Giants: Losing Eli Manning would help the Giants

New York Giants. Eli Manning (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
New York Giants. Eli Manning (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL with nothing to show for it, so it is time to move on from Eli Manning.

Ever since winning Super Bowl 46 back in 2011, Eli Manning‘s last Super Bowl, it seems like the New York Giants have had a hard time finding success.

They had a brief moment of success, making the playoffs in 2016 only to lose during Wild Card Weekend in a lackluster performance vs the Packers.

Most people only remember the infamous boat trip that Odell Beckham Jr. and  other receivers took before the game.

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Other than that, they have actually been an awful team.

It has been a tale of two careers for captain Eli Manning.

Manning enjoyed success early in his career, capturing two of the most improbable Super Bowl titles in NFL history against one of the greatest to ever do it, Tom Brady.

Unfortunately, the team has been unable to do much since then and have just relied on another magical run.

That magical run has never happened and now the team finds itself stuck with the same question it ha had for a few seasons now, who will be under center next season?

After making the decision to draft running back Saquon Barkley instead of a young quarterback, the team was hoping Manning would be serviceable given the talent around him.

Taking Barkley made sense, that is not the issue.

He is already one of the best running backs in the game and the Giants have not had a strong running game in years.

There are no predicted “generational talents” like Barkley in this year’s draft and the Giants can no longer run from the problem. They need their next answer at QB.

Manning is still capable of making throws when it’s asked of him, but it’s clear the Giants are in need of a change; someone who can extend plays when needed.

That has always been Manning’s biggest weakness, especially given the fact that the Giants organization has never provided adequate pass protection in the last few years.

Since Eli’s debut, the Giants’ organization has only allowed one other quarterback to start in place of Manning and that was Geno Smith who was never going to be the future of the team.

In reality, this team has never actually tried to find Manning’s successor.

When GM Dave Gettleman was hired, he traded away Davis Webb and drafted Kyle Lauletta.

Lauletta saw playing time in a blowout game against Washington where he went 0 for 5 and threw an interception.

The Giants can continue to not address the problem of finding a successor to Manning or they can finally go all in and draft Dwayne Haskins with the number six pick in the draft.

The team knows what it’s getting with Manning under center and that is no longer winning football.

That is of course if the Ohio State quarterback is still available.

Draft expert Matt Miller has Haskins as the number one rated quarterback in this year’s draft.

Haskins has expressed interest in joining the New York Giants.

The New Jersey native told The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein that “he’s hoping for that” when the Giants needing a quarterback was mentioned.

The Giants could create a three-headed monster on offense with Haskins, Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr.

Haskins can lean on Barkley when the offense is struggling and consult Eli Manning on how to avoid making the same mistakes.

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The time is now for the Giants to commit to a new quarterback.