Jon Gruden could consider return to coaching with New York Giants

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Last week, Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who was sacked by the team on Monday, announced that Manning was being relegated to a backup role for the floundering Giants for the first time since November 2004.

Manning said he's not angry but he was unhappy and it will take more than going back to Manning against Dallas to win back the trust of the faithful mortified by the Giants' poor judgment and lack of awareness in this situation. "I hope I am", Manning told WFAN. "But again, that's in the past, right now we're anxious about beating Dallas, we've got a new opportunity and we're very excited". Played these guys a bunch. "He obviously didn't agree with the decision, but he is a team player and he told me that he was going to go forward and wants to be a part of this and I just have a great deal of respect for him". Now McAdoo is gone and Manning is back.

Manning returns to a team now being coached in the interim by Steve Spagnuolo, while Kevin Abrams has taken over from deposed general manager Jerry Reese.

"We reintroduced ourselves to him, especially me", said tackle Justin Pugh.

"I think it says [a lot about] kind of the way he's handled himself, the things he's done in the community, trying to give back", Archie said. "So I didn't have my eyes around what was going on on offense, who was playing, none of that".

The benching of Manning last week upset the quarterback and angered Giants fans.

Spagnuolo said Smith was not happy but that he was professional about the quarterback change when they discussed it. Smith started in Sunday's loss and did nothing to forfeit the opportunity to start this week, McAdoo said after the game.

Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. Sullivan used to be Manning's quarterbacks coach and admitted last week that the situation was "frustrating". A 2-9 football team, with a sobbing fan base. There's a reason a group of former players are planning on standing on the sidelines this week wearing Manning's No. 10 jersey in solidarity with last week's mishandling.

McAdoo also made a public statement for the first time since his firing.

In an interview with WFAN Radio in NY on Monday, the 36-year-old Manning said he talked to Spagnuolo and told him he wanted to start.

Mara and Tisch then proceeded to thank the fans for their loyalty throughout the turmoil.

"I don't think I'm in decline", Manning said.

Mara signed off on McAdoo's plan to bench Manning at halftime in Oakland because he wanted to see Smith and Webb play in the final five games of a lost season.

After Spagnuolo was named interim coach, he spoke with Manning, who reiterated his desire to start. "I won every day", Manning said. "He has been my quarterback ever since I have been in the league". "I get that everyone wants to support Eli, but by supporting one man and putting another down is not the way to do it".

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