Giants’ McAdoo: ‘It’s not Eli’s job’ to mentor QBs

Posted: 05/05/2017 in NFL, Sports
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NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Eli Manning isn’t getting paid to train his replacement. He’s here to play quarterback.

After the New York Giants signed Geno Smith and drafted Davis Webb to potentially be starters down the road, head coach Ben McAdoo made it clear that Manning’s focus needs to stay on Manning.

“Eli needs to do his job, he needs to focus on getting ready to go out and play at a high level this year and be a good teammate like he always is,” McAdoo said Tuesday, according to New York Post’s Paul Schwartz. “I’m sure the young guy is going to have some questions for him, but it’s not Eli’s job to get anybody ready to play this season and it’s not Eli’s job to go out and develop another quarterback.

“That’s not his job description. His job is to prepare and perform.”

Manning, 36, has not missed a start since taking over as the Giants quarterback in Week 11 of the 2004 season, but McAdoo expects Smith, Webb, and veteran backup Josh Johnson to push for playing time.

After posting the 25th-best offense in the league last season, McAdoo wants Manning to use the competition to improve his play rather than getting comfortable as the top quarterback.

“I think there is a lot of competition going on in the quarterback room right now,” McAdoo said. “Eli is going to get pushed from Josh and Geno and with a young guy coming in who is going to push for the number two spot, but he’s got a long way to go. There’s a lot of competition …

“Any time you have players in the room with the skill sets that they have, you want to go out and perform well. I think Eli is going to prepare to go out and play at a high level, like he always does.”


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