Report: Ben McAdoo could be fired after Sunday’s game

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As the Giants season swirled down the drain following last month’s loss to the 49ers, the team issued a statement saying that they would wait until after the end of the season to make any decisions about the future of coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese.

Giants co-owner John Mara signaled that plan might have changed this week when he refused to rule out the possibility that McAdoo could be fired before the year was out. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN report that McAdoo may not make it to Tuesday.

The Giants have not fired a head coach during the season since dispatching Bill Arnsparger during the 1976 season, but, per the report, McAdoo’s handling of the Eli Manning benching has pushed up the timeline for a potential firing to the 24 hours after Sunday’s game. While Mara signed off on the plan to give playing time to Geno Smith and Davis Webb, his comments about it during the week suggested he had a different notion of how things would be conveyed to Manning.

Despite that, McAdoo said that he and Mara were on the same page and that he had “no regrets” about how things were handled. That might change if the axe falls after the team’s game in Oakland on Sunday and any reprieve seems certain to be a temporary one with things totally off the rails for the Giants in 2017.

28 responses to “Report: Ben McAdoo could be fired after Sunday’s game

  1. This season is over for the Giants. After what Eli has done for that team, he deserves the chance to go out on his own terms. It’s not like he alone is hurting the team.

  2. Yeah, he needs to go. I know we were complaining under Coughlin, but McAdoo’s first year success was because of what Coughlin left. We all knew Flowers wouldn’t work out and that’s on Reese. So why did we fire Coughlin who seemingly has the Jacksonville Jaguars team headed towards a playoff birth? Oh right Reese, said it wasn’t his fault for missing on draft picks. I think gms need to start looking at good and bad film of prospects if they don’t already. While I highlight film can get you hyped, you have to look at it competition wise. If there’s only highlights against weak competition it’s probably not a good sign, but what do I know. While right now flowers looks like the best piece on the oline the oline is banged up and seems like me at 188lbs could block better. So yeah, that’s Reese’s fault. McAdoo was basically set up to fail.

  3. What Mara expected McAdoo to say/do:

    “Eli, we both know this season is shot. Jerry and Mr. Mara want to look at everyone on the roster, including the QBs, in the last 5 games. You are still the starting QB, no exceptions. Davis has had no reps with the offense all year, so nothing’s happening right away with him. If the Oakland game is close, you’re in there for the duration, otherwise if it gets one-sided either way, I’m gonna put Geno in to give him a few series late in the game – no sense getting you hurt in a blowout. Once Davis is up to speed with the plays and reps with the offense, we’ll do the same with him. Again, you start, and if the game is close, you’re not going anywhere.”

    What McAdoo actually said/did… see this past Tuesday. That’s why Mara is pissed off. Mara knows as well as anyone in football, Geno is not better than Eli, and Eli did nothing to lose his starting job. He’s the best player the offense has right now. If McAdoo gets the pink slip this coming week, no one will be surprised.

  4. It’s one thing to differ publicly in the media about what was said with players.

    It’s another when your version is different than what the owner says he expected.

  5. Too little too late, Mara, you dope. This conversation shouldn’t only be about terrible HC McAdupe though, Reese should have been thrown out on his butt years ago. And how can anyone say Coughlin was a bad HC? The guy won 2 superbowls, along with Eli Manning, the face of the franchise who the dopes have now benched so they can play … GENO SMITH???! You can’t make this stuff up, it’s so stupid and insulting to the intelligence of any real fan. McAdupe should have been canned after week 4 when they lost to the lowly Bucs, if not then surely the week 10 loss to the 49ers was enough. SMH

  6. I would rather see Mac fired BEFORE Sunday’s game but afterwards will work too. With that said, unless they give Jerry Reese his walking papers too (and then hire the new GM from OUTSIDE of the organization), firing Mac will mean very little. Mac is a symptom, Reese is the disease.

  7. gmoney3080 says:
    December 3, 2017 at 10:10 am
    Yeah, he needs to go. I know we were complaining under Coughlin, but McAdoo’s first year success was because of what Coughlin left. We all knew Flowers wouldn’t work out and that’s on Reese. So why did we fire Coughlin who seemingly has the Jacksonville Jaguars team headed towards a playoff birth? Oh right Reese, said it wasn’t his fault for missing on draft picks. I think gms need to start looking at good and bad film of prospects if they don’t already. While I highlight film can get you hyped, you have to look at it competition wise. If there’s only highlights against weak competition it’s probably not a good sign, but what do I know. While right now flowers looks like the best piece on the oline the oline is banged up and seems like me at 188lbs could block better. So yeah, that’s Reese’s fault. McAdoo was basically set up to fail.

    Hold on there partner…..did you just say McAdoo’s success was because of what Coughlin left behind and then turn right around and say Coughlin has the Jaguars headed toward a playoff berth??! He inherited that ready made squad just as McAdoo did!

  8. TOTALLY feels like knee jerk reaction to all the bad public press and responses they’ve gotten this past week.

    MARA APPROVED McADOO’S PLAN otherwise it wouldn’t have happened. So why in the blue hell would Mara let McAdoo bench Eli if he knew he was going to fire the coach? Because he didn’t know that. He’s reacting to all the bad press and hoping to save face.

    To little too late.

  9. Why is everything blown out of proportion. You would think someone tied Eli up in the closet and told the media Geno was starting cause Eli had not come in and so you had no choice!!! THE SEASON IS OVER!!!! THE SEASON IS OVER!!!!! THE SEASON IS OVER!!!!! Starting Eli gives ZERO benefit to the team maximizing this mess of a season. Socially, if Eli could have overcome the setbacks of this team this year to even bring even 1 or two more wins for the Giants this year-THEY WOULD NOT HAVE PULLED HIM!!! That’s the respect he was afforded and given.

    I challenge all you social cry babies to give me your best shot about what is the benefit to the GIANTS for next year to keep Eli starting for the rest of the year. Obviously Eli has been proven to NOT be to his team even what Aaron Rodgers is to his.

    They should have gotten with Eli weeks ago and let him know their thinking so he could have had some time to deal with it mentally. It seemed to be a shock to him and that is the hard part about it. This is not Eli Mannings team, he PLAYS for the Giants and has had an Amazing amount of support over the years. I mean, the Packers moved on from Brett Farve, the 49ers moved on from Jerry Rice, etc.

    The Patriots are winners because they are unconventional and they NEVER EVER EVER listen to the average fan to do ANYTHING!!! Maybe one of the Giants problems is they stuck with Eli too long as it is in respect of his name and past accomplishments. But the truth be told, NO TEAM IN THE NFL IS AFRAID OF ELI MANNING-TODAY!!!! And that should be a damn PROBLEM for any team serious about a SB run!!!!! But if you want to be 8 and 8 or ONE AND DONE-Then keep Eli for the next 5 years. FACT-The only reason a 40 year old Tom Brady is still playing is because he wins PLAYOFF AND SUPER BOWL GAMES!!!!! Wow, we Americans have become a bunch of social touchy feely cry babies always crying about RIGHTS instead of the more important RESPONSIBILITIES!!!

  10. i think mara knew he was firing mcadoo and let him take the heat by telling him he was safe if he did the dirty to eli for him. now, only a goober like mcadoo would not see through that, but he didn’t…
    now he’s no longer needed.

  11. If I were in Vegas I would run to the casino and put a big wager on Oakland today. The players are likely going to lay down on the field, as if they’re all trying to call an injury time-out LOL. I actually doubt he’ll be fired because I think they are using him to tank the season and go after a replacement quarterback. If we’re honest, all Eli and Coughlin did was have a good playoff run off of a pair of 9-7 seasons, combined with a couple of Lucky catches. Other than that they only made the playoffs 4 other times, and each time was a one and done. They were 0-4 in those games. Viewed on the whole, were it not for those lucky catches, they might be considered average, or maybe less than average. And please don’t bring up Bill Arnsparger again. That gives me chills. The Giants were a bore for 20 years until Parcells showed up.

  12. I wonder what people would have if they just said they were going to sit him for the rest of the year. No point in playing him. Cal Ripken played after his streak was over. It was just time to stop playing every game. It seems to make sense…why play veterans when the season is over. If Eli was playing well..but they were still losing due to injuries etc and he got his ACL blown out in week 12…what would people say…

  13. McAdoo, such an arrogant S.O.B. for someone who has accomplished nothing….

    I’m having a Reese/McAdoo firing party….I’m thinking a nice brisket in the smoker…

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