Two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning has been dropped as quarterback for the New York Giants, who announced that rookie Daniel Jones would take his place this Sunday.
Manning has been at the helm for the Giants for almost 15 years, but the writing has been on the wall over the last year or so, and when the team drafted Jones this April the countdown was already on until he got the call.
Sixth overall pick Jones impressed in pre-season, and talk then begin about when, not if, he'd be stepping in for Manning - and he found his way onto the field in their opening game loss in Dallas.
After the Giants lost their home opener against Buffalo on Sunday, Jones will now start at Tampa Bay in week three.
"Eli and I spoke this morning," said Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel.
"Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."
38-year-old Manning replaced Kurt Warner as Giants starter in November 2004, has started a team-record 232 games and led them to two Super Bowl victories, both over the New England Patriots no less, but he's never really been looked at as one of the greats, even by his own fans.
"Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time," Shurmur said. "I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli."
Manning isn't the main reason the Giants have been poor over recent times, but his numbers have been in decline ever since capturing his second Super Bowl - having thrown the most interceptions and lost the most games in the league since that victory in 2012.
The Giants have a new quarterback, a star running back in Saquon Barkley, and have started 0-2 for the sixth time in seven years - the change was inevitable.
"Hey, we're 0-2 and looking for answers," Manning said Monday after Shurmur left open the possibility that Jones could take his starting job. "I get it when you draft a guy early and [are] not winning games, things are going to come up. So I just need to keep working and do whatever my job is."
Manning has completed 63 percent of his passes this season for 556 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble. He's 22nd out of 32 quarterbacks with a total QBR of 37.5 this season.
The Giants' problems go well beyond their quarterback. They're short on wide receivers and their defense has struggled. It has created a situation where they appear to be in a rebuild rather than serious playoff contention.
It's a sign of the times in the NFL with both Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees out injured and now Manning benched - it's the first time in 15 years that not one of those three Super Bowl winners has started in the league.
Manning has 56,537 yards with 362 touchdowns, ranking seventh and eighth respectively in those all-time categories, with those two against-the-odds Super Bowl wins giving him a strong case for the Hall of Fame.
His time as Giants starter, though, could now be at an end.