Posts Tagged ‘Benching’

Tyrod Taylor may have found his way out of Buffalo, but the veteran quarterback is still not pleased with how the Bills handled his benching at the end of the 2016 season.

After starting the first 15 games, Taylor was inactive for the final week of the year – officially with an injury. Reports at the time indicated that Buffalo made the move with financial flexibility in mind, as it ensured a potential injury wouldn’t lock in contractual guarantees for the following season.

Taylor took issue with the conflicting explanations he received when being informed of the decision.

“I wasn’t being told the truth at the time. The GM told me one thing and the head coach told me something else,” Taylor told Uninterrupted.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future in Buffalo, Taylor stuck around as the starter when a new regime took over in 2017. The season didn’t go by without another controversial benching, however, as coach Sean McDermott started rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman following back-to-back losses in November.

The surprise switch proved disastrous, as Peterman threw five first-half interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers before giving way to Taylor, who remained the starter for the rest of the year. The veteran led the Bills to their first playoff appearance in 18 years, but that wasn’t enough to secure the job long term.

Buffalo traded Taylor to the Cleveland Browns this past offseason and selected his successor, Josh Allen, in the first round of the draft.


Ben McAdoo has come out of hiding.

The former head coach of the New York Giants, fired in December after a 2-10 start to the 2017 season, has re-emerged in recent weeks.

On Monday, he penned a section in Peter King’s “Football Morning in America” column on the lessons he learned during his first head coaching stint.

McAdoo took ownership of his decision to ask two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning to take a backseat in order to get a look at younger quarterbacks in a lost year. It led to Manning opting to end his consecutive streak of games started at 210.

“I learned there’s no easy way to make the truly tough decisions,” McAdoo wrote. “Right or wrong, I am at peace with how I handled the decision to play quarterbacks other than Eli Manning down the stretch of last season. At the time, we were 2-9, beat up, and I told Eli we wanted to see the other quarterbacks on the roster – including our promising rookie, Davis Webb.”

McAdoo was widely derided for the move and the sloppy manner in which it was executed.

“I gave him the option to start the games to keep his streak alive. I understand why he said no, and he was a true pro about it. My bedside manner hurt me that week. I’m working on that,” McAdoo said.

“If there’s one thing I want fans of the Giants to know, it’s that I made this call to try to make the Giants stronger for the future. It probably got me fired, but I believe I did the right thing for the right reasons.”

McAdoo has been out of the game since his firing and said he’d like to get back into coaching.


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.”