Well, that didn’t take long. Barely 24 hours have passed since Ben McAdoo said that he hasn’t heard anything about a change in the coaching staff, the Giants gave him the pink slip.
Also counted as a casualty was general Jerry Reese.
The reason given by Giants co-owner John Mara for the firing was due to the need for “wholesale changes.”
“We’ve kind of been spiraling out control here. I just felt like we needed a complete overhaul,” he told reporters.
For now, Steve Spanuolo, the defensive coordinator, is the interim head coach. Assistant GM Kevin Abrams, meanwhile, will replace Reese for the time being.
Rumors about McAdoo on his way out started when Eli Manning was told that he’s going to be benched in favor of the younger quarterback, Geno Smith. The future hall of famer was running a streak of 210 starts before he sat down.
However, Mara said that McAdoo and Reese should not bear the brunt of the blame because he was also privy to the plan and he “had the power to overrule it if I wanted to.” In the end, he gave the go signal to tell Manning to sit the final five games.
The Giants are 2-10 this season, which Mara said is embarrassing. But Manning just can’t get the flow of the offense going, especially since Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. were sidelined by ankle injuries.
But the benching of Manning only alienated and angered fans some more.
For now, there’s an opening at the head coaching job and the Giants are fielding offers. According to the New York Times, the team needs a leader that can command the respect of players—somebody with gravitas like Alabama’s Nick Saban or retired coach Bill Cowher of the Steelers. But Mara said they are not averse to hiring coaches with no prior experience leading an NFL team.