Why did Giants benched QB Tommy DeVito for Tyrod Taylor in loss to Eagles?

New Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito’s sudden rise as a quarterback captured the hearts of sports enthusiasts in New York and New Jersey. Hailing from Illinois, he swiftly became a sensation, basking in newfound popularity and endorsement deals.

The signal-caller’s rise hit a crescendo in the Giants’ two-point win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 14, which extended their win streak to three. However, he witnessed a grim picture too early as well. The young star lost his spot as a starter after playing for a while in the Giants 25-33 loss to the Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles. The loss eliminated DeVito’s squad from the playoff picture.

Why did Giants bench QB Tommy DeVito?

Ahead of the game against the Eagles, Tommy DeVito expressed his excitement about facing a hostile environment, saying, “I heard it’s a pretty hostile environment, I’m looking forward to it. I like to thrive in those environments. I like a hostile crowd.”

However, his performance on the field failed to match his enthusiasm, leading to his mid-game replacement. Coach Brian Daboll’s decision to bench DeVito was not solely due to the hostile environment or the QB’s eagerness to thrive in it. FOX Sports sideline reporter Pam Oliver shed light on the situation during the game by mentioning the HC’s dissatisfaction with the offense’s overall performance as the key factor behind DeVito’s sudden exit.

However, Daboll, addressing reporters after the game, said the quarterback switch was an attempt to ignite the team’s performance.

“Just try to spark the team. I don’t really have anything else to add than did it to try to spark the team,” he said.

Seemingly, Tommy DeVito’s struggle to generate offensive momentum against the Eagles, trailing 20-3 at halftime, fueled Daboll’s decision. The Giants’ offense seemed totally lackluster as it managed a mere 101 yards on 31 plays, with their signal-caller completing just 9-of-16 passes for 66 yards in his half of play.

Tommy Cutlet’s entry into the starting role came after Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib cage injury, landing him on the injured reserve list. DeVito had previously stepped in for an injured Daniel Jones in a game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Tommy DeVito speaks out on being benched

Tommy DeVito’s journey to stardom saw him courted by various brands, with fans witnessing him making headlines, from negotiating fees with restaurants and ultimately doing that for free to trademarking phrases like “Tommy Cutlets” and “Passing Paisano.” However, his narrative took an unexpected turn after the Giants’ loss to Philly, prompting questions about his benching.

Addressing the event of his losing the starting spot, the young star didn’t go into too much detail but instead just reflected on the harsh reality of sports as a “business.”

“It’s tough. It’s just a constant reminder that it’s a business. They’re always going to try to find someone to replace you, wherever it is. At the same time, it is a business. It’s your job. I respect it. There’s no hard feelings one way or another. I was hoping [Taylor] was going to go out there and ball and we win the game. It’s nothing more than that. That’s all it is”, he said per Bleacher Report.

The signal-caller faced a performance slump by enduring seven consecutive quarters without a touchdown pass. The drought began during the Week 15 defeat against the New Orleans Saints, with his last successful touchdown throw occurring in the third quarter of Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers.

With 1,087 passing yards and eight touchdowns for the season, Tommy DeVito’s future as the Giants’ QB1 remains uncertain. Now, the question remains if he will regain his position before the season’s end.


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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