The New York Giants have fired Ben McAdoo following their 2-10 start to the season. Sunday’s loss against the Raiders was the final straw for 40-year-old as Head Coach of Big Blue, in what has been a dismal second season in charge. This all comes just days after the controversial benching of Eli Manning – a quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP with legendary status in the New York area, with 210 consecutive NFL starts to his name. Last week, team owner John Mara hinted at McAdoo’s firing, adding that changes would be coming after a season that has left him “embarrassed”.
McAdoo took over the helm from Tom Coughlin last season, after previously acting as offensive coordinator. He helped lead the Giants to an 11-5 record and the team’s first playoff appearance in four seasons. However, this season has been a nightmare for the Giants. Not helped by devastating injuries to starts such as wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, McAdoo and the coaching staff have failed to get the team moving. Now, with his popularity with players and fans alike at an all-time low, the team ownership has taken the decision to move on.
In addition to McAdoo’s firing, the Giants have also fired general manager Jerry Reese. After failing to address key areas in the off-season, such as the offensive line, the Giants continue to clean house with Reese’s firing. The 54-year-old leaves the team after 11 seasons in charge as GM.
Reese took over as general manager in 2007, and has been with the Giants’ front office in a range of roles since 1994. But criticism has been mounting on Reese for not addressing key areas of weakness on the team. The Giants have struggled in the running game and on the offensive line. Additionally, Reese, along with McAdoo, has been heavily criticised for his mishandling of the Eli Manning situation. Now, after winning two Super Bowls in his time as GM, Reese has also suffered the consequences from this awful Giants’ season.
In the meantime, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach, with assistant GM Kevin Abrams taking over from Reese.