Posts Tagged ‘Benching’


The New York Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese just hours after a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday sent the team to 2-10.

The moves come less than a week after quarterback Eli Manning was asked to give way to backups Geno Smith and Davis Webb. Manning chose instead to end his 210-game starting streak to allow Smith to be under center from the opening snap of Sunday’s game.

The Manning saga has led to substantial fan response and even a report that a group of 25 former Giants planned to stand on the sidelines during the team’s next game in Manning jerseys.

McAdoo, the first head coach in the league to be fired this season, disciplined other star players during the season. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended for one game in October over a spat with coaches and top corner Janoris Jenkins was also benched for one game in early November for violating team rules.

The Giants entered the season with lofty goals after posting an 11-5 record in McAdoo’s first year at the helm. New York got off to a disastrous 0-5 start and could not recover.

Star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall were both lost for the season after Week 5.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams will fill the interim GM role.


Eli Manning had to hold back tears when he discussed the New York Giants‘ decision to bench him for the rest of the season.

It’s apparent the move deeply affected the 14-year veteran, but his father, Archie Manning, made that abundantly clear.

“This breaks his heart,” the senior Manning said to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News on Wednesday.

“And that’s OK. It’s supposed to.”

The move signals the end of the Giants quarterback’s streak of 210 consecutive games started, but it may also mark the beginning of the end of his time in New York.

In the short term, however, the Giants are merely opting to give Geno Smith some playing time and afford the same to rookie Davis Webb.

“It’s football. It’s life,” said Archie. “Eli has such a passion for playing for the Giants. I think people up there, people who have been around him the whole 14 years, kind of understand that. Eli just absolutely loves being the Giants’ quarterback.

“Eli is not bitter. Just hurt.”


Joshua Ho-Sang‘s tenure in the New York Islanders organization took another controversial turn Friday night.

The AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers made him a healthy scratch for their game against the Syracuse Crunch, and his head coach shed some light on the decision one day prior.

“Josh is working hard. He’s continuing to work on his game, work on his habits,” Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson told Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post on Thursday.

“For me, eliminating the swinging, even in practice, little habits. … Maybe he’ll have to watch a game from up top, learning.”

The “swinging” Thompson is referring to is a way of describing when a player doesn’t skate in straight lines with a ‘stop-and-start’ style.

Ho-Sang was banished from Islanders training camp and sent back to the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs last fall after sleeping in and showing up late on the first day.

“Enough with the bullshit, it’s time to grow up,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said at the time.

Ho-Sang showed up on time one year later, and he was off to a decent start in the AHL with six points in 10 games before Friday’s benching.

The Islanders selected him 28th overall in 2014.


Brock Osweiler apparently knew he’d be moving on from the Denver Broncos well before free agency commenced.

Osweiler signed a four-year, $72-million contract Wednesday with the Houston Texans, becoming the foundation of a resurgent offense.

The 25-year-old compiled a stellar 5-2 record as the Broncos’ starter, but was benched when Peyton Manning returned from a lingering foot injury.

As a result of the benching, Osweiler decided he’d leave the Broncos in free agency, a source close to the quarterback’s family told Mike Klis of 9NEWS.

Osweiler’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, advised his client to not return calls, emails, or texts from the Broncos until he was able to strike a deal with another suitor, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Although Osweiler won a Super Bowl ring as Manning and the league’s best defense commandeered the team past the Carolina Panthers, it appears the damage was already done.


Johnny Manziel played coy with the media after photos and video surfaced of him partying during the Cleveland Browns‘ bye week, suggesting they could be old.

That’s also reportedly what he told the Browns’ coaching staff.

Manziel was demoted to third-string quarterback because he lied to the Browns about how old the images were and told the people who shot the video to lie as well, Jay Glazer said Thursday on FOX Sports’ pregame show.

As Deadspin notes, the song playing in the background of the video is “March Madness” by Future, which was released in March of this year. The original video also included the caption “Sippin on Dom Perignon for no reason with #johnnymanziel,” which references a Future and Drake track that was released Sept. 20.

The Browns wanted Manziel to stay around the team facility during the bye and “lay low,” and felt “betrayed” when he did the opposite, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Head coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday that the Browns didn’t consider releasing Manziel after the latest incident and that his future with the Browns is far from over.

“We told him yesterday – this isn’t a dead end,” Pettine said. “This is a hurdle. It’s an obstacle. So, part of success in athletics is dealing with adversity, and this will be an example of it.”

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden didn’t mince words when asked about his thoughts on the team turning to Matt Cassel after its bye week.

“How do you think I took it? Obviously I’m pissed,” Weeden said, according to Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But, you know, nature of this business.”

Weeden was demoted after the Cowboys lost three straight games under his tutelage. The defense gave up 96 points over that stretch, but Weeden was only able to muster 188 yards passing in a 30-6 blowout to the New England Patriots in Week 5.

Head coach Jason Garrett is trying to spark the offense with Cassel, as the team treads water waiting for Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to return from injury.

Weeden, despite his disappointment, clarified he’ll handle his demotion in a professional manner.

“I’m going to handle it the right way, I’m going to go about it the right way,” he said. “I’m not going to make excuses, I’m not going to throw a pity party for myself. I’m a pro. I’m going to handle it the right way, and go back to business as usual.”

Sophomore defensive tackle Jay Hayes won’t play for Notre Dame on Saturday against UMass as discipline for criticizing the coaching staff via Twitter this week, head coach Brian Kelly said Thursday.

“When a coach stops coaching you..that’s when jus gotta move on,” Hayes said in a since-deleted tweet Wednesday.

Hayes’ benching doesn’t really differ much from his game activity so far; the 6-foot-3, 285-pound New York native has yet to play a down this season. He appeared in two games in his freshman year, registering two tackles.