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Mike Francesa is soon leaving New York sports radio but he’s not going out with a whimper. Following the Nov. 28 news that the New York Giants football team, with a poor 2-9 record entering Week 13 of the season, is benching quarterback Eli Manning for the first time since 2004, Francesa provided an epic rant on his WFAN afternoon radio slot against head coach Ben McAdoo, general manager Jerry Reese, and Giants ownership.
Among Francesa’s quotes during his rant:
“McAdoo’s career is worthless. Jerry Reese’s career is built on Eli Manning. His success in those two games is why Jerry Reese has got a career. He doesn’t have a career by what he’s drafted here. He’s got a career because he won two Super Bowls won by Eli Manning, who went on the road and won all those playoff games and who won the Super Bowl MVP twice by beating the Patriots. Without that Jerry Reese is unemployed. Without that, none of those guys walk around that room with the swagger that they have. It’s built on his back! And you’re going to try and tell us that you have a better chance to win a game with Geno Smith over Eli Manning? Offensive line or no offensive line? That is your answer?”
“This is a desperate move by a desperate guy who is clinging…And the fact that John Mara has not separated himself from this fool is hard to believe.”
“That’s not going to stand in this town because these guys have watched Eli Manning. They’ve watched him long before they ever heard your name. And they’ll remember his long after they forgot yours.”
Audio of the rant, in its entirety: