If an 0-5 start wasn’t bad enough, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has now been suspended by the New York Giants after reportedly getting into an altercation with Ben McAdoo. As the season gets worse by the week, is McAdoo’s seat getting hotter?
The New York Giants have started the 2017 season 0-5. Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris are all out for the season. Yet, somehow, the most concerning part of Big Blue’s season came about on Wednesday.
According to Jordan Raanan and Dan Graziano of ESPN, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left the team on Wednesday and will be suspended.
It’s one thing if a head coach can’t lead his team to victory on the field. It’s another, entirely more concerning thing if there are issues in the locker room. Even worse, the issue involves Ben McAdoo.
Janoris Jenkins also left the field early Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers and Eli Apple said, “the whole culture” needs to change.
Ben McAdoo seems to be losing control of his team.
As disappointing as the 0-5 start is for the New York Giants, there’s still time to win games. The team started 0-6 back in 2013 before finishing 7-9. Yes, Big Blue’s playoff and Super Bowl dreams are shattered, but off-field issues are more concerning.
When Tom Coughlin’s Giants missed the playoffs in 2012 and then finished below .500 from 2013-2015, he was at least able to keep the team out of the tabloids. Coughlin’s players continued to play hard and respected their head coach. There weren’t player-coach altercations or other off-field issues.
Now, I thought back then and still do believe that it was time for Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants to part ways. I loved Coughlin but the team was ready for a change.
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Ben McAdoo, however, may not have been the right replacement. The Giants made McAdoo their head coach essentially so they wouldn’t lose him as their offensive coordinator. He really didn’t have the pedigree to become an NFL head coach. McAdoo had only been an offensive coordinator for two years!
New York keeping McAdoo around so they wouldn’t lose his offensive mind makes it even more concerning that the Giants offense has been their weakness the past two seasons. Big Blue’s offense has been far too simple and they can’t move the ball or put points on the board.
Sure, McAdoo has been cursed with terrible offensive line play but a top offensive mind would create schemes to at least work around poor protection a little bit.
Poor on-field play, coupled with an apparent lack of respect from his players could lose Ben McAdoo his job.
The New York Giants wide receivers’ trip to Miami before last year’s playoff game was a red flag. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie leaving the team’s facility in the middle of a difficult season, however, is downright troubling.
DRC’s suspension could get the ball rolling and start pushing McAdoo out the door.
If the New York Giants continue to pile up losses and more players lose respect for their head coach, Ben McAdoo’s seat will get hotter and hotter and could lead to a firing by season’s end.