The stunning benching of Eli Manning in New York has former teammates up in arms and local talk radio questioning everything about the team's decision.

The same applies to Eli's old Giants coach.

Tom Coughlin took to the airwaves in Jacksonville to critique Big Blue's demotion of the ironman quarterback who started 210 straight games for New York.

"Surprised is not the word," Coughlin, the executive VP of football operations for the Jaguars, told WJXL-AM. "My sentiments are totally with Eli Manning. I love the kid. He is a class act. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion. He is the finest, most humblest young man in that locker room."