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- Two New York Giants players told ESPN that head coach Ben McAdoo has “lost the team” and players are giving up. Players have issues with McAdoo’s practice schedule, disciplinary methods, and inability to motivate the team. McAdoo’s job security may be shaky if the struggles continue.
The New York Giants are 1-7, coming off a 51-17 drubbing to the Los Angeles Rams, and things are not looking so good for head coach Ben McAdoo.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that two Giants players told her that McAdoo has “lost the team” and that players are giving up on the season.
One player’s complaint was McAdoo’s practice schedule and penchant for punishment.
“McAdoo has lost this team,” one player told Anderson. “He’s got us going 80 percent on Saturdays before we get on a plane to play a game. It’s wild. Changed our off day. He’s dishing out fines like crazy. Suspended two of our stars when we need them the most. Throws us under the bus all the time. He’s ran us into the ground and people wonder why we’ve been getting got.”
Another player told Anderson that players “don’t care anymore” and “nothing’s being done about it.”
The Giants have suspended their two top cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this season for one game each, drawing criticism from the two players.
McAdoo also received criticism after the Giants’ Week 10 loss when he was asked what he told players in the locker room at halftime and he was simply silent. It didn’t go unnoticed by the players, one of whom said McAdoo didn’t have anything to say to them at halftime, calling it the “same old.”
Not all Giants players agreed with the sentiments, though. Safety Landon Collins told Anderson that McAdoo hasn’t lost the team, saying everyone needs to improve.
“I wouldn’t say he lost the team. I have the utmost respect for him,” Collin said. “He’s been doing a great job. Just trying to figure it out like we all are … Everybody has to look in the mirror – the coaching staff, the coordinators, the players, everybody.”
Rodgers-Cromartie, despite being suspended for an altercation with McAdoo, didn’t agree, either, saying the team hasn’t given up.
The Giants began the year 0-4 and then had a disastrous Week 5 game in which Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, their top three receivers, all got injured, with Beckham and Marshall going down for the year. Since then, the Giants have gone 1-2. Their defense, the strength of the team last year, is 28th in DVOA this year, and their offensive line has been a problem all year.
Historically, the Giants have not been a team to make quick firings and hirings, so it’s unclear if McAdoo’s job is in danger. However, with one of the worst starts in franchise history and at least a handful of players coming out against him, he may not be long for his role.