New York Giants' Daniel Jones (L) and Eli Manning (R) during the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on August 22, 2019. Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The New York Giants are benching Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones, meaning Manning's near 15-year run as the team's starting QB appears to be over.

Why it matters: Outside of a brief Geno Smith cameo in 2017, Manning is the only signal-caller the Giants and their fans have known since 2004 — the same year "Yeah" by Usher came out.

  • So, even if the writing was on the wall, Manning's benching was always going to be emotional and delicate.
  • And while there's still a chance he starts again — either for the Giants or someone else — he'll likely never play another meaningful down for the only team he's ever known.

The backdrop: After former coach Ben McAdoo fumbled the team's first attempt at transition 2 years ago (Manning was benched for Smith, then brought back the following week), it was crucial that the Giants get it right this time.

By the numbers:

  • 2 Super Bowls: Manning beat Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl and is 1 of just 5 players in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl MVPs.
  • 116-116: Manning has made 232 starts in his career, and he's won the exact same number of games as he's lost. (Past 2 seasons: 8-25.)

What they're saying: On his show "The Herd," Colin Cowherd suggested that Eli would have been benched years ago if he played on the West Coast, rather than the East Coast.

  • My thought bubble: While I don't necessarily agree with that, it's always interesting to compare the two coasts — and it's a comparison we rarely hear applied to sports.

Here's Cowherd:

"I'm from the West and I currently live in the West, but one of the things that always struck me [when I moved to the Northeast] — you would never have a Fenway Park out West. We would just blow it up and start over.
"The East is about 200-year-old churches and 100-year-old baseball stadiums and hierarchy and tradition. ... In the West, we don't romanticize yesterday. ... It doesn't matter what grandpa did or what your dad did.
"Out West, they would have benched Eli Manning seven years ago — maybe five. But out East, it was hard. The Mannings are American royalty, the Giants are a blue-blood franchise, and Eli ... He's 'us.' He's the old church. He's Fenway Park.
"It's just the way the East Coast is. The prep schools and the history and the family trees. It's all wonderful — and it's been holding the New York Giants back for half a decade. It's time."

P.S. ... Here's a fun fact: In 2004, Manning was picked No. 1 by the Chargers and Philip Rivers was picked No. 4 by the Giants … then they got swapped.

  • 15 years later, on the same week that Manning gets benched, Rivers will make his 211th consecutive start — moving past Manning (210) for second-most by a QB, trailing only Brett Favre (297).

Go deeper: The great Daniel Jones experiment (The Ringer)

Go deeper

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 12,009,301 — Total deaths: 548,799 — Total recoveries — 6,561,969Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 3,053,328 — Total deaths: 132,256 — Total recoveries: 953,420 — Total tested: 37,532,612Map.
  3. Public health: Houston mayor cancels Republican convention over coronavirus concerns Deaths are rising in hotspots — Déjà vu sets in as testing issues rise and PPE dwindles.
  4. Travel: United warns employees it may furlough 45% of U.S. workforce How the pandemic changed mobility habits, by state.
  5. Education: New York City schools will not fully reopen in fallHarvard and MIT sue Trump administration over rule barring foreign students from online classes.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: A misinformation "infodemic" is here.

Transcripts show George Floyd told police "I can't breathe" over 20 times

Photo: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Newly released transcripts of bodycam footage from the Minneapolis Police Department show that George Floyd told officers he could not breathe more than 20 times in the moments leading up to his death.

Why it matters: Floyd's killing sparked a national wave of Black Lives Matter protests and an ongoing reckoning over systemic racism in the United States. The transcripts "offer one the most thorough and dramatic accounts" before Floyd's death, The New York Times writes.

8 hours ago - Health

Fighting the coronavirus infodemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

An "infodemic" of misinformation and disinformation has helped cripple the response to the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: High-powered social media accelerates the spread of lies and political polarization that motivates people to believe them. Unless the public health sphere can effectively counter misinformation, not even an effective vaccine may be enough to end the pandemic.