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Ralph Vacchiano

Ralph Vacchiano, award-winning sports reporter and columnist, joined SNY in 2016 as its NFL Insider. Vacchiano will cover the Giants and Jets beats for SNY.tv and be a regular contributor to "Daily News Live" and "GEICO SportsNite." Vacchiano comes to SNY following 15 years as the New York Giants beat writer and columnist for the New York Daily News.

 

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Vacchiano graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 and began his professional career covering the Buffalo Bills for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and later covered the Giants and Jets for the North Jersey Herald & News in Passaic, N.J.. During his 19 years at the Daily News, he also covered the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils (1997-2001), and in 2008 he wrote his first book, Eli Manning: The Making of a Quarterback (Skyhorse Publishing).

 

Vacchiano lives with his wife, Kara, and his daughter, Alexandra, in West Caldwell, N.J.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins has struggled this season through a high ankle sprain that has bothered him for most of the year, and he reinjured it on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

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New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10), Geno Smith (3) and Davis Webb (5) work out during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10), Geno Smith (3) and Davis Webb (5) work out during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is sounding more and more like the Giants will finish out this season without ever getting a meaningful look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Giants 00:02:08
The Football Night in New York crew breaks down the Giants' continued lack of offense in their 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Steve Spagnuolo is a longshot to be the Giants' head coach next season, because it's hard to envision John Mara endorsing anything that resembles the status quo. Maybe a few wins would improve his chances. Maybe.

But that's not going to happen if he continues playing ultra-conservative football. What the Giants need -- what Spagnuolo needs -- is to think big and bold.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The fall has come fast for Eli Apple, from first-round draft pick loaded with potential, to a suddenly troubled NFL player in the midst of a turbulent year. He's been benched, declared inactive, shunned by some teammates. He's had to deal with his mother's health crisis, and a slew of injuries of his own.

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The damage has already been done to Eli Manning. His feelings were already hurt. His streak was already snapped. The Giants already looked like clowns for the way they handled things.

Now that it's over, they need to take advantage of the miserable situation they created.

They need to take a look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.

It didn't.

What did everyone expect?

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning escapes pressure by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning escapes pressure by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Whatever good feelings there were inside the Meadowlands at the start of Sunday's game were completely gone by the end of it. The fans that bothered to stick around were either booing or cheering the Cowboys. For the Giants, it was just another miserable loss.

But they've reached the point in their season where they can win for losing, and on Sunday they did. Their 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, plus the San Francisco 49ers' 26-16 win in Houston, helped solidify the Giants' position in the 2018 draft, where right now they'd have the second pick.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacchiano's 3 keys to a Jets win 00:01:49
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a New York Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his 3 keys to a Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

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THE GAME

The Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at the Giants (2-10) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Former Giants executive Dave Gettleman is emerging as the favorite to become the next Giants general manager, especially now that another top choice - former Chiefs GM John Dorsey - has been hired by the Browns.

Gettleman and Dorsey had been the top two names on the list of former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who is consulting on the Giants' search, as SNY reported last week. But Dorsey came off the board on Tuesday when the Cleveland Browns fired their executive vice president, Sashi Brown, and quickly tabbed Dorsey as his successor.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) at Sports Authority field at Mile high in Denver, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER:

December in Denver is always a little nicer than I think it's going to be. Temperatures on Sunday should be slightly over 60 with light winds and sunny skies.

WHAT IT MEANS

It means everything to the Jets. They are two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with only four games to play, so they can't afford any slip-ups. They also have to hope for some help because just to get to the Ravens, they have to jump over the Chargers, Bills and Raiders, who are all one game ahead of the Jets. It's not going to be easy. It's probably impossible. But the Jets have no shot if they don't win all four of their remaining games.

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Jason Pierre-Paul suffered another injury to his already mangled right hand, but he insisted he will be ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

He made that declaration on Friday after practicing for the first time this week. He did not give any details about how he suffered the injury, or if was football-related. But he had the middle finger of his right hand tightly wrapped, and mostly kept it in his pocket during his interview.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings speaks on radio row at the Super Bowl LI media center at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings speaks on radio row at the Super Bowl LI media center at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rashad Jennings has told the story before of how he was once a chubby 6-year-old with asthma and some seemingly unlikely NFL dreams. He thought of that kid again on Friday, as his eight-year NFL career officially came to an end.

"It's not every day you can ask a kid that's 6 years old and say, 'What do you want to do when you get older?' and you talk to him at 32 years old and he tells you that's exactly what he's been doing," Jennings said. "And because of that I'm full, I'm complete, I'm humble. I have no regrets. If I could rewind the tape, I would do it the exact same way."

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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Steve Spagnuolo during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Steve Spagnuolo during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time when Steve Spagnuolo imagined being the head coach of the Giants, and maybe even hoped for the chance someday. He remembered that on Wednesday, as he conducted his first practice as the interim coach.

He just never wanted that opportunity to happen like this.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Geno Smith survived the firestorm created last week when he replaced Eli Manning as the starting quarterback of the Giants, he never imagined the decision would be reversed one week later.

And he wasn't happy when it was.

"I wasn't," Smith said on Wednesday, one day after he found out that his streak of consecutive games as the Giants starting quarterback would end at one. "Any competitor wouldn't be. To be put in that situation where you get a chance to play and then you're being pulled, but it's not because you played bad so you try to figure out why. But you've got to understand that some things happen in this business, and you've just got to roll with it."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants are doing their best to undo the mess they've created, by giving Eli Manning his starting job back. It's the right thing to do, and the only way to really quell the mob building at their gates.

But what ever happened to their grand plan to take a look at their younger quarterbacks? Is that suddenly just not important anymore?

That's a reminder of just how badly the Giants continue to bungle the whole Manning Mess, and just how lost and dysfunctional this franchise has become. A week ago their season was lost, they were eying a Top 3 draft pick, and they were insistent -- from ownership on down -- that it was time to take a look at the young quarterbacks on their team...

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Giants to start Manning again 00:05:03
The DNL panel discusses Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo's decision to start Eli Manning against the Cowboys on Sunday.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The first decision Steve Spagnuolo made as interim coach of the Giants will likely be his biggest, and he didn't really have to give it much thought.

When Spagnuolo decided to reinstate Eli Manning as the starting quarterback of the Giants, he simply went with his "gut."

"All I can tell you is this," Spagnuolo said in his first press conference since taking over for the fired Ben McAdoo. "When John Mara and I talked, one of the first things he asked me was about the quarterback situation and I said, 'John, my gut right now is that Eli should be the starter.'

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Back to normal for Giants? 00:03:16
The DNL panel discusses how the Giants might choose to move forward after the dismissals of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: 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.

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Archie Manning on Eli 00:00:35
Father of Eli Manning, Archie Manning, talks about Eli and the difficult season he has endured on the field.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Archie Manning comes to the Meadowlands on Sunday to watch his son play, he knows it might be one of the final times he sees Eli at quarterback for the Giants.

Or maybe not.

The patriarch of the Manning family insisted that his youngest son has not decided anything about his future in the wake of his shocking benching by the Giants and ex-coach Ben McAdoo last week. Archie said Eli was hurt by the decision, but not angry at the coaches or the organization.

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Giants 00:06:27
The Football Night in New York panel speculates on what's next for the Giants and how they are going to replace their head coach and GM.

When the Giants make a big hire, their preference is always to keep it all in the family. They like people they know, who have ties to the franchise. They don't enjoy venturing into a great unknown.

That's why interim general manager Kevin Abrams might not just be a temporary fix to their front office problem. He is expected to be a serious candidate for the job.

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There has never been a day so out of character for the Giants' organization, so impulsive, so seemingly reactionary to the mob building at their gates. There has never been a day like this where the famous Mara patience was completely shredded.

But it's a day that had to happen. Giants ownership had no other choice.

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Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before their game against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before their game against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Ben McAdoo is now officially out, having been fired just 28 games into his tenure as the Giants' head coach. And the Giants now have nearly a full month's head start on other teams as they search for his replacement.

They will undoubtedly consider Steve Spagnuolo, who was named the interim head coach on Monday afternoon, but they may be more likely to search outside of the organization. And some of their decision could be based on whom they choose to replace Jerry Reese as their new GM.

So for now, it's a wide-open field. But there are hints on where the Giants might turn, based on their history and things John Mara has said in the past. He has always said that he prefers coaches he knows, who have NFL experience, and preferably ones who failed (to a point) elsewhere and come to the Giants with something to prove...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands on the sideline during action against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands on the sideline during action against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

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After spending his first Sunday on the sidelines watching in more than 13 years, Eli Manning was able to draw one big conclusion.

He doesn't want his career to end like that.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

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Geno Smith wasn't terrible in his first start with the Giants and his first extended action in more than two years. Even Giants head coach Ben McAdoo seemed pleased with Smith's performance.

Just not enough to guarantee Smith another start next week.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on the sideline against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on the sideline against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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If the Giants' 24-17 loss in Oakland was the final game of the Ben McAdoo era, the embattled coach swears he doesn't know it. He plans to show up for work, bright and early Monday morning.

At least he will, as long as he can still get in the door.

"I'm going to coach this team as long as my key card works," McAdoo said in his postgame press conference at Oakland Coliseum. "I'm going to show up tomorrow morning ready to go tomorrow and get this thing cleaned up and move onto the next one."

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks to quarterback Geno Smith and quarterback Eli Manning on the bench during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks to quarterback Geno Smith and quarterback Eli Manning on the bench during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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For the first time in 13 years, Eli Manning got to stand on the sideline and watch his Giants teammates play. And what he saw sure must have looked familiar.

Despite the new quarterback, it was the same ugly result for the Giants, proving pretty clearly that he was far from this team's biggest problem. The Giants couldn't run; their receivers couldn't get open with any regularity; and the offensive line, as usual, couldn't block.

Geno Smith? He did just fine. But his offense managed a measly 265 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Tags: Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Oakland Raiders, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets have largely avoided the locker room problems that plagued the team last season, but some of them still apparently have a problem with showing up on time.

Jets linebacker Darron Lee was inactive on Sunday because he showed up late to a team practice, and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was benched for a quarter for showing up late for a meeting, a team source confirmed. Both are automatic punishments on head coach Todd Bowles' list of team rules.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

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The Giants have become an organization divided, both over the direction of the franchise and the mishandling of the Eli Manning mess this week. That's a big reason why Ben McAdoo could be out of a job in the coming days.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) at the Jets (4-7) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Wow. Mostly sunny, very little wind, temperatures in the low 50s. Happy December!

WHAT IT MEANS

A week ago, Todd Bowles said that, 'no s-t,' the Jets had to win all their remaining games to stay in the playoff hunt. After losing to the Carolina Panthers last week, this time he really means it. Actually, they'd still be alive with a loss, but only mathematically. At this point, the Jets can't afford a single misstep and they still will probably need help to get to the playoffs. Also, after five losses in the last six games, players are getting a little ornery. Bowles' job gets more difficult and maybe his job security gets more tenuous with every loss...

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Vacchiano's 3 keys to Jets win 00:02:04
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets' victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his 3 keys to a Jets victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands in a tunnel with teammates before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands in a tunnel with teammates before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Imagine waking up from this nightmare of a season for the Giants just in time for Week 1 of the 2018 season. And there, just like old times, comes Eli Manning, running out of the Meadowlands tunnel.

Only this time he's wearing green.

It's crazy, right? And it probably makes no sense. It will look and feel to everyone like as much of a betrayal as if the long-time Giants quarterback signed with the Cowboys or the Eagles. Besides, a 37-year-old quarterback wouldn't exactly fit into the Jets' youth movement...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants blew the benching of Eli Manning, and they absolutely know it. It was clumsy, undignified, and made the entire organization look small. Unfortunately for everyone, there's nothing they can do about that now. The damage to the franchise is already done.

But there is one way they can salvage something out of this calamity.

They can give Eli Manning one last start.

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

ICYMI: Part one of Ralph Vacchiano's leftover questions from the Eli Manning mess

For all the things Ben McAdoo and John Mara said (and Jerry Reese didn't) they certainly didn't clear up everything about the benching of Eli Manning. They left a lot to the imagination - too much for a decision this big.

Earlier, I ran through some of the many unanswered questions from this hard-to-understand, completely botched, undignified quarterback decision. 

And yes, I still have a few more:

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Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Ben McAdoo spoke to the media three times since he benched Eli Manning. John Mara spoke once. Jerry Reese, of course, didn't speak at all.

Mara and McAdoo used a lot of words, too. It's just hard to make sense of most of them.

In fact, there are so many unanswered questions from this hard-to-understand, completely botched, undignified quarterback switch from Manning to Geno Smith, it's really hard to know where to start.

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Big Blue is in a Giant mess 00:01:00
SNY.tv looks back at some of the worst moments of the Ben McAdoo era as head coach of the Giants.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As bad as this week has been for the Giants, there's the potential of something even more awkward, more undignified happening on Sunday in Oakland. Just imagine if Geno Smith gets hurt against the Raiders -- or worse, he's a disaster early in the game.

Wouldn't it be just a little awkward if Ben McAdoo has to tap Eli Manning on the shoulder and ask his now-backup, former franchise quarterback to go into the game?

"Eli's a pro," McAdoo said. "He'll be ready to go if his number is called."

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Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The benching of Eli Manning felt like the beginning of the end of an era.

Then again, maybe it wasn't.

"I don't think you should be writing his obituary just yet," Giants co-owner John Mara said on Wednesday. "A lot of things can change between now and next spring and next season. We obviously have some tough decisions to make at the end of the year and who knows what's going to happen?"

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands in a tunnel with teammates before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands in a tunnel with teammates before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Imagine waking up from this nightmare of a season for the Giants just in time for Week 1 of the 2018 season. And there, just like old times, comes Eli Manning, running out of the Meadowlands tunnel.

Only this time he's wearing green.

It's crazy, right? And it probably makes no sense. It will look and feel to everyone like as much of a betrayal as if the long-time Giants quarterback signed with the Cowboys or the Eagles. Besides, a 37-year-old quarterback wouldn't exactly fit into the Jets' youth movement...

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Maybe the Giants are throwing away what's left of an already lost season just to get a glimpse of what might be their future.

But John Mara insisted that they're not throwing anything away on purpose.

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Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where the team responded to Eli Manning being benched in favor of Geno Smith and Davis Webb.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The anger directed at the Giants has been fierce and swift, and maybe a little more than what John Mara expected. There is a belief that the franchise bungled the benching of their franchise quarterback and mistreated Eli Manning along the way.

Mara, speaking for the first time about the situation on Wednesday, said he feels the pain of Giants fans everywhere - especially since the switch from Manning to his possible heir apparents didn't go exactly according to his original plan.

"I understand they feel that way," Mara said. "I've been around long enough to know that when you get to a decision like this there's no completely clean way to handle it. (But) it was not the way we hoped it would turn out."

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Being benched after nearly 14 seasons and 210 consecutive starts was bad enough for Eli Manning. On Wednesday, Ben McAdoo found a way to make things even worse.

One day after officially demoting his franchise quarterback, the second-year head coach had Manning out at practice taking snaps with the scout team. He didn't do it for the whole practice. In fact, he split reps with third-string quarterback Davis Webb.

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Nov 5, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants co owner and president John Mara prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 5, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants co owner and president John Mara prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two weeks ago, John Mara and Steve Tisch made it clear they wouldn't be making any big decisions on the fates of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese until after the season.

But suddenly, that's not so clear anymore.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Geno Smith will start for the Giants on Sunday, and he might even get a start after that.

But make no mistake: As the Giants look to a future without Eli Manning, they are really looking at Davis Webb.

That point was stressed by multiple team sources in the wake of the Giants' stunning decision to bench their iconic franchise quarterback after 210 straight starts. With that announcement, they also anointed Smith as their starter this Sunday in Oakland. But they did not announce anything beyond that, other than that "at some point in time" they'll play Webb, too...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, center, is surrounded by photographers as he celebrates his team's 21-17 win against New England Patriots after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, center, is surrounded by photographers as he celebrates his team's 21-17 win against New England Patriots after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThere's a lot of emotion that has spilled out in the wake of the Giants' decision to bench Eli Manning -- understandable given how much Manning has meant to the Giants, and how far this franchise has fallen in recent years. Everyone, from diehard fans to former players, has an opinion -- and those opinions have tended to be strong.

That's why we want to know what you think of this monumental decision, who's responsible, and what comes next. So please answer our poll questions, and be on the lookout for results. And feel free to include your comments below so we can really know how you feel:

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Yet another Giants starter is lost for the season, now that Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has decided to undergo ankle surgery. He will be placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, with the Giants signing DT Khyri Thornton to take his place on the roster.

Jenkins will be the 18th player on the Giants' IR list, and that doesn't include several others who were eventually released from injured reserve. He joins a slew of key players, including receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris, linebackers Mark Herzlich, J.T. Thomas, and Keenan Robinson, center Weston Richburg, and guard D.J. Fluker. He will also be the fifth player placed on IR this week...

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)

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Ben McAdoo raved about Geno Smith shortly after the Giants signed him. He was nearly giddy about his rare "skill set", which included a quick release and fast feet. He insisted "You can't find guys out there that have that type of arm talent" and said it was "exciting" to have him on the team.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The very last thing Eli Manning requested the night before he signed his final contract with the Giants was a full no-trade clause. It seemed ridiculous at the time. He was about to get a four-year, $84 million deal. The Giants had long made it clear they wanted Manning to retire as a Giant.

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Maybe the benching of Eli Manning shouldn't have come as such a shock on Tuesday, because Giants coach Ben McAdoo sure has been telegraphing such a move for a while.

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The last time something like this happened with the Giants was June 15, 1994 - a day late Giants owner Wellington Mara called "a day of overwhelming sadness." It was the day then-coach Dan Reeves pulled Phil Simms aside and shocked him, telling him his days as a Giant were done.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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The future will have to wait. Again.

Despite another dispiriting loss, and with the playoffs just about out of reach, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has again resisted making a quarterback change. Rather than turn to 26-year-old backup Bryce Petty or 22-year-old Christian Hackenberg, Bowles said he is again sticking with his regular starter: 38-year-old Josh McCown.

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