After his streak of 210 consecutive starts at quarterback for the Giants was snapped on Sunday, Eli Manning's streak of consecutive games as the Giants backup quarterback will end at one.
Manning has been given his old starting job back by interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo in the wake of the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese -- a development that had been expected since Monday
Manning said on Monday that part of him was "taken away" when he was benched, and that he had told Spagnuolo that he wanted to start this Sunday.
After announcing the return of Manning as the starter, Spagnuolo said that Geno Smith would remain the No. 2 QB, with Davis Webb behind him.
It was McAdoo and Reese, of course, that hatched the ill-conceived plan of having Manning start the remaining games this season, but play only until halftime -- a plan Manning rejected, which led to Smith's start in Oakland on Sunday.
Giants co-owner John Mara was not happy with that plan, or the way the entire benching of a franchise icon was handled. He was expected to make sure that is corrected when the Giants return home this Sunday to face the Dallas Cowboys.
It seemed pretty clear that Spagnuolo would be OK with that too, given the way he reacted last Thursday when he discussed the decision to bench Manning. "Spags", of course, was with the Giants in 2007 when his defense and Manning led the Giants to the Super Bowl XLII championship.
That's why he began talking about Manning last week by tapping on his heart.
"Look, it goes without saying, I love Eli Manning," Spagnuolo said. "And this is tough. But all I have is love for him and let the rest work itself out. … We've been together through a lot of good things and I respect him a great deal. I really do."
Turning back to Manning should definitely calm the swirling chaos around the Giants. A slew of former Giants players have spent the last week ripping the Giants on Twitter, TV, and radio for the way they handled the Manning situation. There was even a report on Sunday that several ex-Giants were planning to show up for the Cowboys games wearing Manning jerseys. There was also a report, prior to the firing of Reese and McAdoo, that some fans were arranging a similar protest.
Surely there would've been chants for Manning throughout the game.
Giving him his starting job back should appease everyone. However, it's unclear if the Giants would still try and work in Webb. Mara, after all, said he approached Reese and McAdoo several weeks ago and asked them "Don't you think it's time that we start to get a look at these other quarterbacks at some point during the games?" Mara also said that "You'd like them to get in for some meaningful minutes, (where) they're not just in a mop up role with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
He made it clear, though, his preference wasn't a set plan where Manning would be scheduled to come out at some point. What he wanted, he said, was for the Giants to look at Smith and Webb when a situation was presented, but that he hoped Manning would "play, he'd be playing well, we'd have a chance to win the game and maybe stay in there or something."
Manning, of course, would have to be OK with whatever plan the new bosses created. Several people who know him believe he'd welcome his starting job back as long as it's not just a token to keep everyone happy. He'd want the ability to stay in games as long as he has a chance to win.