Giants need to admit Eli Manning is their only option for next year


Many precincts among Giants fans have been weighing in for months.

The overwhelming verdict is this: No more Eli.

For many Giants fans (you know who you are), the thought of Eli Manning starting in 2019 is as popular as finding coal in your Christmas stocking.

What happens with Manning and the Giants’ starting quarterback position next season is up for debate — even though it shouldn’t be based on the way he has performed this season, which is good enough to stay on for another year.

What is not in question is who will start in Sunday’s season finale at MetLife Stadium.

When Giants coach Pat Shurmur was asked Monday if Manning was going to be his starter against the Cowboys on Sunday, he said, “Yes he is.’’

When asked if rookie Kyle Lauletta, who was on the inactive list for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis, would be active as the backup for the Cowboys game, Shurmur gave his best non-answer when he said, “We’ll just have to see what the week brings.’’

For those Giants fans who have seen enough of Manning after 15 seasons, six playoff berths and two Super Bowl titles, the question you have to ask yourself as you look forward to 2019 is this: What’s the better alternative?

There are no sure-bet quarterbacks believed to be coming out of the draft in the spring the way there were last April.