Geno Smith is leaving the New York market.
The veteran quarterback signed Sunday with the Chargers to back up Philip Rivers, according to multiple reports. Smith spent his first four seasons with the Jets and one with the Giants.
With the Giants mired in a miserable season, Manning was benched in Week 13 in favor of Smith. It ended Manning’s prideful streak of 210 consecutive starts, which was the third-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history.
Smith was the first African-American starting quarterback in the Giants’ 92-year franchise history.
The Giants fired general manager Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo a few days later, and interim coach Steve Spagnuolo reinstalled Manning as the starter.
Smith handled the awkward situation well under duress — he received death threats — but let it be known that he felt he should keep playing.
Giants fans wanted either Manning (the past) or third-round pick Davis Webb (the future) to play over Smith, who always was seen as a short-term placeholder. He signed a one-year contract.
McAdoo told Smith he should’ve remained the starter for the rest of the season. Webb finished his rookie year with zero snaps, complicating the 2018 NFL Draft for the Giants.
Smith again will be backing up the quarterback with the longest active streak of consecutive starts. Rivers supplanted Manning at the top.
One of Smith’s missteps with the Jets was in San Diego, when he missed a team meeting because of an error adjusting his clock to the three-hour time difference as the Jets stayed on Eastern Standard Time. He started the game game, anyway.
Rawls runs likes a bowling ball wrapped in barbed wire, seeking out contact and delivering menacing blows for a player his size.
Unfortunately, the bruising physical style that makes Rawls so fun to watch has also held him back.
The new rule would have prevented several well-known incompletions from being overturned by replay review, including Calvin Johnson’s touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the 2010 season opener and Dez Bryant’s stumbling fourth-quarter grab just short of the goal line against the Packers in the playoffs.
What was happening was, on the field, the rule is pretty easy to officiate for officials, competition committee chairman Rich McKay said. They know what they are looking for, they make their calls. But when you get to replay and all of the sudden you slow it down frame-by-frame you can see the ball move just a little bit. You can see so many different things that you can’t see at full speed the rule got a little complicated.