New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta was not exactly in a pleasant mood following the team’s 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday — a loss that dashed their playoff hopes and guaranteed a last place NFC East finish.
But it wasn’t necessarily the loss that had Lauletta upset. Rather, it was his surprising demotion to the No. 3 spot at quarterback behind Eli Manning and Alex Tanney, which came one week after his NFL debut.
“I’m disappointed,” Lauletta told the New York Post. “Just not happy, but I’ll do what I can to do my role the best I can, and that was to be on the sideline and try to see stuff out there.”
Lauletta added that he prepared all week to serve as Manning’s backup on Sunday and wasn’t told of his demotion until he arrived at the stadium prior to early warmups.
Asked about his decision to bench Lauletta, who went 0-for-5 with an interception in his professional debut, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said it all boiled down to what ifs and who he felt would give Big Blue the best chance in the event Manning went down.
“Everything is connected, so this week, last week, just felt like having Alex up would give us the best chance to win if he had to go in and play,” Shurmur said. “Just felt like was going to give us the best chance to win. That’s the reason.”
With the Giants now eliminated, their NFC East positioning frozen and only two games of a lost season remaining, it will be interesting to see how Lauletta is used, if at all. It will also be interesting to see if Tanney actually gets a shot after Shurmur had previously indicated he would.
Whatever situation ultimately plays out, Lauletta is clearly not happy with his role on the Giants and hasn’t really been since Day 1.