On Wednesday, Giants co-owner John Mara said of quarterback Eli Manning's benching "that maybe I would have handled that a little bit differently." But coach Ben McAdoo said on Friday that he has no problems with the way the team sent its two-time Super Bowl MVP to the bench and made Geno Smith the starter for Sunday's game against the Raiders. "I was honest, I was upfront with Eli and I don't have any regrets with the way it was handled," McAdoo said. McAdoo said the plan presented to Manning was for the quarterback to make his 211th straight start on Sunday and then get replaced by Smith at the start of the second half. Mara indicated that he was not on board with such a defined exit strategy. "I didn't necessarily think it had to be at the half," Mara said. "I think if he's playing well in the first half, we're winning the game, it looks like we've got a chance, the offense is clicking, I would argue then keep him in the game." McAdoo declined to address the discrepancy.
McAdoo has ‘no regrets’ over handling of Manning’s benching
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