The Giants quarterback job is still Eli Manning’s as of now and the much-maligned starter will be under center Monday night when the Giants visit San Francisco.
But Manning was warned, continue to lose and the team will bench him, which is why the Giants put the Kyle Lauletta situation to bed with the rookie opening up about his traffic incident last week.
“I can’t put myself in those positions and you’re absolutely right,” he said. “That was the first thing I thought to myself was how disappointed I was for leaving later than I should have and had I left an hour earlier, none of that probably would ever happen, so that’s my fault, it’s no one else’s fault. Right is right, wrong is wrong. My parents raised me better than that and it’s tough, but you just got to move forward from it and take it as a lesson and hopefully that’ll be an example to some players, to some people someday, and just goes to show I can’t put myself in those situations.”
You know if you can’t obey the traffic laws, how can you call plays under center. Lauletta has a lot to prove now, since coach Pat Shurmur holds his quarterbacks to a higher standard.
This may be why Manning is still the starter, because Lauletta hasn’t proved he could handle NFL pressure.
And the rookie knows that.
“I made a horrible decision that I’ll regret for the rest of my life,” he said. “I can’t take it back, though. There’s nothing I can do now, so the only thing I can do is make good decisions moving forward and show up to work early every day and work my butt off and just try to prove to everybody not by what I say but what I do, and hopefully this will be a thing of the past in a few weeks and nobody will be worried about it and we’ll just move forward as a team and that’s that.”
The traffic incident is spilt milk and the Giants won’t be bringing in any other rookie quarterbacks for the rest of the season. The team needs to move on and work with Lauletta if he is going to play at all this season.
And unlike last year, with Davis Webb, the Giants need to give Lauletta some playing time. The rookie needs to learn, as do the Giants to see if he can play.
Fortunately, he has Manning, who has been in Lauletta’s corner during this time.
“Eli’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had and he was just supportive,” Lauletta said. “He was there for me. I’m there for him and I support him all the way, so we have a great relationship and right now my goal and my focus is to help myself get ready, but also help Eli and be there for him in whatever ways I can, but I do appreciate Eli and he reached out later that day and it meant the world to me. Really meant a lot coming from Eli.”
Even if it means Lauletta taking Manning’s job one day.
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