The Giants dropped their 10th Match of the season on Sunday in Oakland, days after coach Ben McAdoo benched Eli Manning for Geno Smith. Later, McAdoo told me that "I'm going to coach this team as long as my key card functions. I'm going to coach this group until I am told I am not coaching this team."
On Monday, McAdoo was told he was no longer coaching the Giants. He's been fired together with general manager Jerry Reese, confirms CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. NFL.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will act as the head coach.
McAdoo joined the staff of Tom Coughlin and served as the offensive coordinator. He was elevated to head coach where he helped the Giants to the playoffs and an 11-5 record. This year, however, was an unmitigated disaster marred by accidents, bad play on either side of the ball and punctuated by McAdoo's decision under a week ago to seat Manning.
The tenure of McAdoo ends after only 28 games. He was 0-1 in the postseason and 13-15 in under two seasons. His dismissal does not come as a surprise; on Sunday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that, "McAdoo's handling -- or mismanagement -- of how Eli Manning has been benched has been met with open unhappiness from Giants [CEO] John Mara, who's extremely fond of this two-time Super Bowl MVP."
That is not entirely true; last month, two anonymous Giants players told ESPN's Josina Anderson that the group had stopped on McAdoo though defensive backs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Landon Collins disagreed.
"McAdoo has it all," Collins said at the moment. "He can lead guys. He can do anything you say. He has the ability. It is not McAdoo ... it is everybody. Everybody has to look in the mirror, the training staff, the coordinators, the players, everybody."
Looking in the mirror began with head coach and the general manager. There'll be changes.
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