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Giants sticking with Eli Manning as coach gives surprising answer on backup QB situation

November 26, 2018

The Giants are sticking with Eli Manning.

Pat Shurmur said Monday that Manning will start Sunday’s game against the visiting Chicago Bears (8-3), even though the Giants (3-8) are only playing for pride and the future at this point.

Then the head coach insisted that rookie fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta wouldn’t even be the next quarterback to play if he did sit Manning.

“Why are you jumping over Tanney?” Shurmur said of backup Alex Tanney, 30, who has one career NFL appearance.

Shurmur went even further, saying there is a chance Tanney could be a potential long-term solution at quarterback.

Eli Manning. (Chris Szagola / AP)

“Who knows? Who knows, right?” Shurmur said. “I think that’s where you’re getting bogged down here. Who knows?”

Shurmur also said he can envision a possible scenario where he might start Tanney if he does switch quarterbacks.

“If we felt like he was giving us the best chance to win,” Shurmur said. “I’m not trying to talk you guys down, I’m not. That’s the coach’s view.”

Shurmur said he’s “trying to put the best team on the field,” and any change at quarterback would be made to that end.

So what he is saying is that if and when he makes a QB change, it will be because he thinks the other quarterback gives him a better chance than Manning to win that week’s game.

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