If Webb does, multiple sources say, it won't be any time soon.
They are cognizant that once they bench Manning, it's making a statement about his future -- and the team is not even close to that point.
One source said simply, "He's our guy." Another called the debate about when to bench Manning a non-story and a waste of time.
This is slightly different from what coach Ben McAdoo said publicly last week, noting that "Eli, he's our quarterback. But that doesn't mean at some point in time, we won't throw another guy in there to get a look at him. Every position needs to be held accountable and every position needs to play to a high standard." The point seemed to be everyone must fight for his job.
Sources say players have privately and publicly gone out of their way to show support for McAdoo and the coaching staff, especially after the quotes went public. Sources with the team said practice this week was focused and solid without distractions, those with the team say.
Players are disappointed, clearly, as are those in charge. They simply want a win. And they know Manning gives them the best chance to do it.