COMMENTARY | Pick a position for the New York Giants and I can tell you a player who deserves to be benched--that's how terrible the G-Men have been this season. But there's one player who stands out the most to me as the guy who deserves to ride the pine, and his name isn't Eli Manning.
It's Will Beatty.
Giants fans know him as the starting left tackle in New York. I like to refer to him as the guy stinking it up for Big Blue week in and week out this year.
I shouldn't have to tell you how abysmal the Giants' offensive line is. New York ranks 28th in the NFL in rushing offense (67.8 yards per game) and Manning has been sacked 16 times already this season, and that pressure in his face has led to an NFL-high 15 picks for the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Did you notice that they kept running Brandon Jacobs to the right side against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night?
I'm certainly not going to chalk it all up to Beatty's poor play--the offensive line is dealing with injuries--but Beatty has been the source of a lot of the trouble that has found it's way to New York's offensive line.
All you have to do is watch the film from the Carolina Panthers game in Week 3, in which Beatty was responsible for three of Manning's seven sacks in the Giants' 38-0 loss to the Panthers. On top of that, Beatty has been susceptible to a lot penalties this season, whether it's false starts or holding penalties to negate a big play.
If you need further convincing that Beatty should be benched, hear this. Football Outsiders ranks the Giants' offensive line No. 31 in the league, and more importantly, Beatty ranks as the 32nd left tackle in the NFL, where he's started all six games for New York this season.
So what can the G-Men do?
That said, the Giants could insert Baas at center and fill out the LG and LT spots with James Brewer and Kevin Boothe. Yes, both Brewer and Boothe are better suited at the guard position, but the Giants can't afford to continue putting Beatty out there and getting beat.
Save your "bench Eli Manning" rants for someone who believes he deserves to sit, because I'm not that guy.
Beatty has been a huge issue for the Giants' offense this season and it's time to address it.
Pete Schauer is a native of the Jersey Shore where he covers the New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets and New York Yankees as a Yahoo Sports contributor. You can follow him on Twitter @Pete_Schauer and find him on Google+.
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