Giants Begin Franchise Overhaul

Early on Monday morning, it was announced that the New York Giants had fired Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese.

McAdoo wound up with a 13-16 (0-1 in playoffs) record in his brief stint with the Giants. This is the first time in over 40 years since the team has fired a head coach mid-season, dating back to 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was the team’s coach. This had been McAdoo’s second season, not even two years removed from the firing of Tom Coughlin.

Team President and Majority Owner John Mara made the following comment during a press conference Monday afternoon:

“Steve Tisch (minority owner) and I met after the game yesterday and agreed to talk this morning. We agreed that wholesale changes needed to be made to this organization to get us back to the team that we expect to be.”

The “G-Men” had started the season 2-10. The last time they ended a season with two victories was back in 1983. Someone was going to take responsibility and Mara wanted fans to know that these kind of performances fans have been witnessing all season will not be tolerated going forward.

The possibility of McAdoo’s firing became apparent after he and management decided to bench 2-time Superbowl Champion and MVP Eli Manning for the rest of the season to evaluate the quarterback position for the future. Backup Geno Smith got the nod Sunday in Oakland against the Raiders.

According to Mara, the situation wasn’t quite handled the way he thought it should’ve been:

“Ben came up with the plan. I initially signed off on the plan. My hope had been to talk to him to try to have a little more flexibility – not have a hard, fast time when he was [going to] come out of the game. But by then, Eli rightfully rejected the notion of only starting – playing a half and coming out. We had issued the statement and it was just too late at that point.”

While he claims this had nothing to do with the firing of McAdoo, it was clearly the final straw in order to get him to pull the trigger. Prior to Sunday, Manning had 210 consecutive starts with the streak beginning in November of 2004.

As for Reese, the move comes as a bit of a surprise – not that the Giants dismissed him, just that it happened mid-season. Reese had what many considered to be a good offseason. The entire defense was brought back, save for DT Johnathan Hankins whom the team lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Reese also addressed the receiving core by signing a big-body receiver to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard in Brandon Marshall.

Reese had started with the team as a scout back in 1994 as a college scout. In 1997, he was promoted to pro scout. He kept climbing the ladder of management within the organization – being promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 2004, and again to General Manager in 2007. In total, Reese spend 23 years with the New York Giants.

While many fans have been attacking McAdoo and Reese, there are still larger problems at hand going forward. As always, the Giants have found a way to become one of the more banged up teams in the NFL, using at least eight different offensive line fronts so far this season. The team lost receivers Beckham, Marshall, and Dwayne Harris for the season. CB Janoris Jenkins has also been sidlined for the remainder of the campaign.

Corner backs Eli Apple and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie were both suspended for one game by Ben McAdoo for violating team policy. Recently, McAdoo held an “open and honest” meeting with players and Apple received harsh criticism from the coaching staff as well as players. Apple didn’t take kindly to these opinions and almost walked out, according to sources.

Just because Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese were terminated doesn’t mean the Giants are back on track. While ownership has identified some flaws within the organization, it will still take a great deal of evaluation in getting this team back to championship form. The New York Giants can’t really begin to move forward until a new General Manager is appointed, but Mara said that the search has begun and that we could see a new body in office before this season is even over.

Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has been promoted to Interim Head Coach while Kevin Abrams has been appointed to Interim General Manager. Both will have the opportunity to compete for full-time jobs, but how the Giants finish the season will certainly impact those decisions.

 

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