A lot of people have been critical of the New York Giants benching of Eli Manning and a fellow quarterback is chiming in.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers is taking the Giants to task for how they handled the Manning situation.

“I honestly thought it was pathetic,” Rivers said Wednesday (h/t ESPN).

“He’s been out there 210 straight games — with no telling how many bumps and bruises and injuries — for his team.

He won two Super Bowl MVPs. And with the respect he’s had in the locker room over the years, and really the respect he’s gained throughout the league, you feel like the guy has earned the opportunity — if they are in fact deciding to go another direction — he’s earned the opportunity to finish it off these last five weeks.”

Giants owner John Mara also commented about Manning’s benching.

“Maybe the timing of it could have been a little different. I wish I could’ve been here when that was all going down,” Mara said at owners meetings in New York on Wednesday.

“I was hoping it would turn out differently and he would continue to play some portion of the games, but at some point we’d work in the other quarterbacks,” Mara said. “But he didn’t want to do it that way, and I understand that. I respect him so much and I’m not going to argue with him.”

“I just thought it was too bad the way it was handled,” Rivers said. “And with Eli, we’re not close buddies, but as a friend and fellow quarterback, it was tough to watch him yesterday. You can only imagine how he felt. And he handled it like a pro, like he’s handled everything.”