The 2017 season hasn’t exactly gone as planned for the New York Giants. And as a result, head coach Ben McAdoo is starting to feel the heat.
On Wednesday afternoon, McAdoo’s future with the Giants got even more dicey when ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that two anonymous players told her that the second-year head coach has lost control of the team.
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Prior to the Giants embarrassing 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week9, one player told Anderson, “McAdoo has lost this team. He’s got us going 80% 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.”
The second player added, “guys are giving up on the season and nothing’s being done. Guys just don’t care anymore.”
Both players reiterated those comments on Wednesday with one of them saying, “I feel like we really don’t got a leader in Coach McAdoo.”
Anderson’s original report has since been refuted by safety Landon Collins, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who both have All-Pro honors on their respective NFL resumes.
McAdoo has been publicly critical of several of the team’s veteran players, including two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, in 2017. What he hasn’t been is any different than he was in 2016, according to All-Pro safety Landon Collins.
“McAdoo has been leading the same way he led last year. So, I don’t knock the way he has been doing things,” Collins said. “Fining people like crazy? If you don’t follow the rules, you get in trouble because you got to pay the consequences. I wouldn’t say he lost the team. I have the utmost respect for him. He’s been doing a great job. Just trying to figure it out like we all are.”
Rodgers-Cromartie added, “I’m an old head. I seen a lot of locker rooms, and I know for a fact this locker room ain’t lost. I seen a lost locker room. I know what guys do. They come to practice lackadaisical. They don’t have a care. Nothing really matters no more. And I don’t see that happening. I still respect Ben, but I can’t speak for everyone.”
The fact that there are multiple differing viewpoints on McAdoo’s standing in the Giants’ locker room doesn’t really signify that he is a coach that has full control of his team.
The Giants still have eight games left in 2017. For McAdoo to save his job, his team will likely have to come through with at least five or six wins.
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