Instead, Smith will try to propel the Giants to a win Sunday when he starts his first game since October 23, 2016.
The Giants are 2-9 and have been eliminated from the any playoff chance, while Manning, with not much talent around him, has thrown for 14 TDs and seven INTs.
Although there is no uneasiness at the moment with his standing within the organization, things could certainly pick up over once the 2017 season ends. He thought the 36-year-old face of the franchise would accept starting his 211th consecutive game on Sunday, then handing off to Smith in second half. "I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can", Manning said, according to the Giants' official website.
That's a ringing endorsement for Manning from one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game and one of his biggest rivals.
How the Giants handled the benching of their franchise quarterback has been harshly criticized around the National Football League, with multiple players sticking up for Manning, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers.
"I think we're all surprised and disappointed, and I don't think they handled it very well", Strahan said during an interview with NFL Network on Thursday. But Brady wasn't celebrating the bad news surrounding Manning over the last few days.
"It's eye-opening that you have to take every play, every game, don't take it for granted, take it for what it is because you never know when you're done". Brady said that's just the way it goes.
It is unfortunate that athletes, especially ones like Manning, who have given everything they have to an organization, are sometimes not given the right to "go out" or "finish things" on their own terms. "I don't think there's any player - current or former - who think this is right". One fan base in particular looking to the future is the New York Giants.