New York Giants Fire Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Ben McAdoo’s nearly two-year tenure as New York Giants head coach is officially over, as he was fired on Monday.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was first to break the news on Monday morning.
News broke prior to the Giants’ game against the Oakland Raiders that McAdoo could be let go 24 hours afterwards, per Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN. McAdoo was thrown a lifesaver after New York’s Week 10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. That lifesaver came from owner John Mara, who announced that they would evaluate the head coach position at the end of the season.
That idea was thrown to the wayside after the handling of quarterback Eli Manning’s benching this past week. Mara was reportedly upset of how the head coach went about the announcement, which exemplified the coaches lack of communication skills. Former Giants’ players and coaches were outspoken about McAdoo’s treatment of Manning. While the owner expressed that the situation could of been managed better, the embattled head coach stuck to his guns.
“I was honest, I was upfront with Eli and I don’t have any regrets with the way it was handled,” said McAdoo in a press conference this past Friday.
After the whole Manning debacle, Mara changed his stance on McAdoo’s job security with six simple words.
“There are no guarantees in life,” said the Giants owner.
Why McAdoo Was Let Go
While the benching of the two-time Super Bowl MVP is the main catalyst, it is also due to his disappointing offense. Heralded as an “offensive guru” out of Green Bay, McAdoo’s offense appeared simple and predictable in New York.
During his tenure, the Giants’ offense have failed to score more than 30 points in a game. The hype around McAdoo turned out to be smokescreen. With a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers at disposal, of course the offense will look phenomenal.
Let’s not forget about the falling out that McAdoo had with the team’s top-three cornerbacks. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended “indefinitely” for leaving the team facility early after he was inactivated in Week 6.
Janoris Jenkins was suspended “indefinitely” for returning late from the team bye-week. Those “indefinite” suspensions only lasted one game each. Eli Apple was not suspended, but was heavily criticized for his performance on the defensive side of the ball.
McAdoo finishes his New York head coaching career with a 13-16 record. Not only that, but he becomes the first Giants’ coach to be fired in-season since Bill Arnsparger in 1976.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.