I remember being dumbfounded at the uproar over him being benched. So much that the team put him back as the starter the next week. What a disservice to the team.
When your team is 2-9 and the starter is playing like crap, you do what is best for the team the rest of the way. That is seeing what you have at backup. You know what you have in Eli, why play him the final 4 games. What is there to gain?