Will Giants fire coach Ben McAdoo on Monday?
EAST RUTHERFORD — All eyes are on the Giants and head coach Ben McAdoo following the Giants loss to Oakland yesterday.
ESPN reported on Sunday that league sources said McAdoo could be let go within 24 hours of Sunday's game. General manager Jerry Reese's job is also in danger, according to the report.
The team is 2-10 on the season after making the playoffs last season during McAdoo's first season as coach. McAdoo came under more fire after benching Eli Manning as quarterback in favor of backup Geno Smith last week. Giants co-owner John Mara said there was "probably" a better way to handle the situation.
McAdoo said that he gave Manning the option to start but that he would likely not play in the second half. Manning said he would rather not start.
At the team's post-game press conference, McAdoo said he is the head coach "as long as my keycard works" and tried to move on to game issues.
Reporters kept asking about his status with the team but he said he had not heard anything about an imminent dismissal. "I'm going to keep my head down and keep doing my job until I hear otherwise."
The Giants could be looking to spare McAdoo the wrath of Giants fans during the final three home games of the season, according to Kevin Williams of the Shore Sports Network.
"Management is trying to prevent more backlash from fans although it might play a small part. I think it’s a matter of ownership trying to stop the bleeding and turn the corner of what will likely be the worst season for the Giants since 1983. Why wait until New Year’s Day when this season is shot and you know a change is coming. You can be sure with McAdoo gone the vetting begins on the next coach," Williams said.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported on Twitter that a group of former players are talking about wearing Manning jerseys on the sidelines of next week's game against the Cowboys. Glazer also reported that the team has sent an email to all employees asking them not to comment on Manning's situation because of "outside ramifications."
McAdoo said the quarterback starter is a week-to-week decision and that Smith did nothing that would deny him the chance to start next week against the Cowboys at home.
Manning said after the game he does not want to see McAdoo get fired. "When a coach gets fired it's usually because the team and the players and myself haven't performed up to our duties," he said.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ.
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