The New York Giants could fire head coach Ben McAdoo as early as Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reports.
General manager Jerry Reese is also on the hot seat, according to Mortensen and Schefter, though “any timing on his potential departure is more uncertain than McAdoo’s.”
Cutting ties with McAdoo would come less than a week after starting quarterback Eli Manning was benched in favor of Geno Smith, a move that now is being considered the final straw in what has become a very un-Giants-like season for a franchise that never has fired a head coach during the season.
Giants owner John Mara is extremely fond of Manning, and felt the situation highlighted his belief that McAdoo has lacked communication skills during his time as the team’s head coach, according to sources. Mara took responsibility for the sloppiness in which Manning was informed of the situation but was unhappy with how McAdoo presented the plan to the franchise’s two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
In addition to communication issues, the Giants’ offense has lacked creativity, especially when the team has been trying to cover for weaknesses along the offensive line and injuries at wide receiver.
The Giants also are concerned that rather than having relationships built up, they have been torn down this season. Two cornerbacks, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, were suspended, and another, Eli Apple, was questioned on a defense that also has lacked oversight.
After playing in Oakland on Sunday, the Giants finish with three of their final four games at home, all against NFC East division foes — Dallas on Dec. 10, Philadelphia on Dec. 17 and Washington on Dec. 31.
It’s “possible,” in the words of one source, and growing more and more likely, that by the time the Giants play their next home game, they will have a different head coach.
This would be the second time the Giants have fired a head coach after two seasons. Ray Handley went 14-18 before the Giants fires him after the 1992 season; McAdoo is 13-15 heading into Sunday’s game at Oakland.
McAdoo’s firing would be the first one of the season for head coaches, but hardly the last. NFL executives believe there could be eight to 10 head-coaching changes this year, which would be a bit higher than the average in a given year.