The worst end to an iconic career of the giants would be Eli Manning, who is a bloody Y.A. Titt on your knees after the next sack or the next or the following.
What Manning now expects is the lesser of two evils:
His dream job is taken from him.
And not just for a game this time.
You can recall that the previous regime, with the help of John Mara, reminded us of The Fumble in 1978, when Ben McAdoo presented his half-baked idea that Manning refused and signed all of them. I thought Manning's Ironman Streaking in Oakland on December 3 to take a look … Geno Smith … was a good idea.
Now we are back.
Only the 36-year-old quarterback is now the 37-year-old quarterback
The record when Manning had a stake a year ago: 2-9
The record now: 1
Wellington Mara cried when GM-George Young and his head coach Dan Reeves shocked Phil Simms when they made him a salary victim in June 1994.
And son John could shed a tear if Manning freed himself after this season and decides to keep playing and not retire a giant.
Because of his emotional affection for his Hall of Fame quarterback, Mara was supposed to mimic his Hall of Famer father and step aside and let the football men get cold (19659002) Shurmur, who has no Giants tie to Manning, and Gettleman, who plays the does, must do now and in the future what is in the best interest of the team.
Just as you get the kind of rookie Kyle Lauletta you never got from Davis Webb.
Shurmur was less definite when he was asked on Monday if Manning would be his San Francisco quarterback after leaving.
"We'll see," he said. "Yes, I think Eli is our quarterback, but I said it, and again I know you're all trying to get a headline, at which point Eli is our quarterback and we look at all the areas we're in That's where it is. "
This is what is called a lukewarm endorsement.
Do you ask a beginner to do his? Debut on "Monday Night Football", even against a 49ers team that could not beat the Cardinals? Unlikely. The earliest change would be at the MetLife Stadium on 18 November against the Buccaneers, as long as Lauletta shows he's a quick study. One last use of Manning in San Francisco could possibly delay the inevitable.
It is unlikely that Lauletta appears as Joe Montana and it lights up. By no means does that happen. He must be Houdini behind this line of attack. What do you say? If it is not broken, do not fix it? Well, the offense is broken. Whenever Shurmur thinks it's over, unplug it.
This is not Manning replacing Kurt Warner after nine games as a rookie in 2004. Manning was the apple of the organization's eye when Tom Coughlin decided to start an era he believed would last a decade or more. Warner was a janitor. Lauletta is a fourth-round draft pick with strong instincts and a less than strong arm.
No matter how it ends, Manning should make one's final start in the regular season finale against the Cowboys at MetLife. One and only one voice, one last voice for nostalgia. A final tribute for the biggest quarterback in Giants history.
Manning stood by his locker and looked at the music as he approached him every Monday for fifteen seasons. He proudly wore his gray hoody with blue GIANTS on his chest. and blue shorts.
The music that played in his head was "We are the masters", and now it sounds no doubt more like "Auld Lang Syne", and no one who has seen how a star should lead in this city  There was no need for an Inquisition, just a five-minute session, while the Manning said, "I expect and would like to be the starting quarterback unless otherwise stated."
He He will be the good soldier if you tell him differently, "I've always been a team player and do what I've been told," he said.
This is not just Eli Manning's fault. There are many other culprits. But the quarterback's job is to earn points and win games.
And the Manning Giants are not getting enough and they are not winning enough anymore.
He will not be able to walk on his own terms. Not everyone can ride into the sunset like John Elway. Manning deserves better treatment than he received from the previous regime. He deserves the best end of the new regime. If there is one.