Former Giants WR Amani Toomer weighed in on the state of the franchise and the benching of Eli Manning while speaking to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Tuesday, saying it hurts to see the team this way.
"The reason why it hurts isn't because of their record, it's because of the whole cloud around the organization," Toomer said. "Think of the fact that this was a lot of people's Super Bowl picks, and all of a sudden now, they're 2-10."
"It's just a downer for everybody, and I hope that the Giants can bounce back as quickly as possible."
Toomer thought the decision to bench Manning -- who is expected to be back as the starter on Sunday -- was wrong.
"There were so many things going wrong with that team that to single out Eli, I thought was a little but unfair."
Regarding the vitriol from former Giants players after Manning's benching, Toomer said it came down to what the players saw -- effort from Manning, and not the same effort from everyone else.
"We can see Eli's effort out there," Toomer said. "We know what it's like for a quarterback to give up, we know what it's like for a team to give up. And to see guys on this team giving up and then to see him playing the same way, putting in the same amount of effort. It's just like you're spanking the wrong kid."