New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been a regular presence on Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show for the past several years, but that will come to an end in 2019.
Francesa announced on Friday that Manning has cancelled his long-standing weekly spot, which the host implied was related to the team’s decision to select quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
“You think Eli Manning is happy that they drafted a quarterback sixth who now is in play?” Francesa said. “The idea that he orchestrated the idea to take a quarterback at No. 6 is utterly ridiculous. Want me to prove it to you? Eli has already canceled his show for this year because he doesn’t like the thought of being on that show weekly if he isn’t the starting quarterback.
“That’s how sure he is he is going to be the starting quarterback this year. He sees the handwriting on the wall, and if you don’t, well, pay attention.”
The notion that Manning would cancel because he’s worried about his job flies in the face of everything we know about Eli. Rather, that part of Francesa’s announcement seems to be little more than his own personal explanation for the cancellation.
Manning has long been an upstanding human being, winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2016, while never shying away from the media and going well beyond his NFL mandated requirements. He consistently faces the music and does so with respect for the team beat.
Whatever the case may be, Francesa went on to call the Giants “laughingstocks” and “football clowns,” which is like trying to catch bees with vinegar as opposed to honey.
“The Giants, in a word, folks, have become sad. A sad, chronic losing organization,” Francesa said. “What I come away with is they don’t have a plan.”
It’s going to be hard to sell appearances on his show when he treats the team and its players like, as he puts it, “clowns.”