Giants GM Gettleman: Eli Manning will remain starter as of now


Newly appointed New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman intends to keep Eli Manning as the starting quarterback "as of now".

As the Giants continue to make changes to their front office with the latest coming after the hiring of Gettleman, one question remaining is what the future of star NFL veteran Manning will look like under new management. 

The question comes after a controversial decision from former head coach Ben McAdoo to bench Manning before a week 13 game against the Oakland Raiders, and as expected, it was one of the first things asked during Gettleman's introductory news conference as GM on Friday.

"The bottom line is, I'm an inveterate film watcher," Gettleman told reporters. "It's what I do. I haven't had access to tape, and I'm not avoiding the question, but obviously we have to look at the film, see what's cooking.

"Listen, Eli has won a lot of games. He's a great competitor, he's very intelligent. He and I are going to talk. And if what I saw in Philadelphia was not a mirage, and I don't believe it was, then we'll keep moving."

In week 15, Manning completed 37 of 57 attempts for 434 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite Manning's success, though, Gettleman did indicate they would still keep their options open as the Giants are locked into a top-three selection in the NFL Draft.

"Let me address that right now: I don't care what position it is, you can never have too many great players at one position," Gettleman said.

Gettleman was hired on Thursday to replace Jerry Reese, and when pressed about his plan and where he intends to take the franchise, he had a fairly simple response.

"My plan is to come in here every day and kick a**. That's my plan and I'm going to keep doing it until they take my key card or the good Lord calls me home."