The New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Giants will fire head coach Ben McAdoo, perhaps within 24 hours of Sunday’s road game against the Oakland Raiders.
The Daily News’ Pat Leonard cited an ESPN report that says the team will part ways with McAdoo, calling the benching of quarterback Eli Manning as the final nail in the coffin. The report also suggests that general manager Jerry Reese’s job status with the Giants is “highly tenuous”.
Giants ownership said as recent as November 13 that any decisions regarding the team wouldn’t be made until after the regular season concludes. The 2-9 Giants were eliminated from postseason contention and co-owner John Mara seems to have reversed his position regarding McAdoo.
“There’s no guarantees in life,” Mara said Wednesday in response to a question about McAdoo’s job security. “We made our statement on that a couple of weeks ago, but there’s no guarantees in life.”
The Giants have had 18 head coaches in franchise history. Only two of them were terminated in the middle of a season.
Bill Arnsparger was fired in 1976 with a 7-28 record after getting shutout by the then-defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers 27-0 in the second game ever played at Giants Stadium. LeRoy Andrews, the only other Giants head coach let go in the middle of a season, was fired in 1930.
Jim Fassel was told he would be fired at the end of the 2003 season but was allowed to coach the team’s final two games.
Ownership issued a statement in support of McAdoo after the team’ Week 10 loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers.
“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support. We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season,” the statement read. “Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.
“Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.”
McAdoo hasn’t done himself any favors this season after leading the Giants to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth last season. He threw Manning under the bus after the Week 2 loss to the Detroit Lions. Anonymous reports have surfaced all season that McAdoo has lost the locker room but it’s Manning’s benching that may be his undoing.
Mara suggested that he wanted to see the other quarterbacks, Geno Smith and Davis Webb, in games where the Giants don’t have a shot to win. McAdoo, in turn, told Manning that he would start him to keep the streak going but he would be pulled in favor of Smith or Webb. Manning told McAdoo to start Smith because he didn’t want to start the game just to keep the streak going but not have a chance to play and win.
The reaction of fans and former players to Manning’s benching has been one of disbelief and anger. There are rumors that former Giants will be on the sideline of next week’s division game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium wearing Manning’s No. 10 jersey as a show of support.