Without playoff contention to be concerned with, the Giants are focusing on finding their next leaders.
Giants president John Mara confirmed during his Monday press conference that the team had relieved coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese of their duties amid a disastrous 2-10 season, adding Eli Manning’s benching was not a factor in the decision.
Mara said he “initially signed off” on McAdoo’s plan to start Manning in Week 13 against the Raiders before bringing in backup Geno Smith at halftime, though he hoped Manning would play well and McAdoo would be more flexible. However, McAdoo had already spoken to Manning and the Basketball Cheap Jerseys veteran agreed to hand the offense over to Smith.
“[He] came out there to fight, man,” Talib said. “He ain’t come out there to play no ball. He came out there to fight. … It was premeditated. So he punched Chris [Harris Jr.] on the previous play, came out the next play punched me in my stomach. … I guess he wanted to Buy Cheap Jerseys Online get kicked out.”
Crabtree had voiced his unhappiness about how the fight with Talib was being portrayed and the NFL’s handling of the situation the day before.
“The league said it was premeditated on my part,” Crabtree said Tuesday. “You know what premeditated is? When you say you’re going to do something, do it, and then laugh about it with the media after the game. Like he did last year. That’s all on him. I’m not trying to get revenge. I’m trying to get a catch in my 122nd straight game and help my team win a big game. I don’t want to get kicked out. I know what’s at stake for my team.”
Crabtree and Talib were initially given two-game suspensions for a “series of flagrant violations” that set off a brawl during the first quarter of Oakland’s 21-14 win on Sunday. Despite the ban being reduced Tuesday to one game, Talib isn’t satisfied with the outcome.