The New York Giants fell to 1-7 on Sunday after getting destroyed 51-17 by the Los Angeles Rams. It is time for Big Blue to clean house.
After Sunday’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talked about making changes and getting players reps for the future. McAdoo, however, should be worried about his own future.
After a 1-7 start, multiple player suspensions for violating team rules, and the despicable lack of effort against the Rams, it is time for the New York Giants to clean house, starting with McAdoo.
McAdoo is not NFL head coach material. Plain and simple. He was hired by the Giants because they did not want to lose him as their offensive coordinator not because he was the best candidate for the job.
He’s lost the locker room, perhaps the No. 1 sign a head coach has to go. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended after leaving the field against the Los Angeles Chargers and then leaving the Giants facility after being told he’d be inactive against the Denver Broncos. Janoris Jenkins is currently suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Jenkins did not show up to the facility after the team’s bye week and did not tell any of the coaches that he wouldn’t make it back in time. Eli Apple was also benched for talking back to a coach earlier in the season and showed very little effort on Sunday against the Rams.
McAdoo has not handled the media well either. He called out Eli Manning publicly after a key delay of game against the Lions, something Tom Coughlin would have never done. Then, when asked on Sunday what he said to the team at halftime, McAdoo responded as if his parents had asked him why they found empty beer cans under the couch.
It has been an ugly season for the New York Giants and Sunday’s humiliation against the Rams should prove that change is needed. No effort from the players followed by a pathetic press conference from the head coach is just unacceptable.
After the Giants move on from Ben McAdoo, general manager Jerry Reese could be the next to go. If two Super Bowls couldn’t save Tom Coughlin, why should they save Reese?
I thought the Giants only win this season against the Broncos showed what this team could be with better coaching but it may still be time for Reese to go.
Reese’s defense would be this: New York won 11 games last year. They had ten of 11 starters returning on one of the NFL’s best defenses. He added Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram to an offense that already had Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. There weren’t any offensive lineman available in the Giants’ price range and the top O-line prospect (Garett Boles) was drafted before the Giants’ pick. Injuries and poor coaching ruined the solid roster Reese built.
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However, aside from last offseason’s free agent spending spree and drafting Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, Jerry Reese hasn’t done a whole to deserve keeping his job.
Reese’s predecessor Ernie Accorsi drafted Eli Manning, along with most of the 2007 Super Bowl championship team. In fact, most of Reese’s draft classes (from 2007 on) are filled with busts. Outside of Ahmad Bradshaw, he hasn’t drafted a single impact player after the third round. Even his draft success in the first three rounds have been hit-or-miss.
In order to achieve sustainable success in the NFL, you have to be able to build through the Draft and Jerry Reese just hasn’t done that. It is time for him to go.
With the firings of McAdoo and Reese, most, if not all of the other front office members, coordinators, and assistant coaches will be let go too. The new head coach and general manager combo would bring in their own staffs.
A complete house cleaning, however, is what the New York Giants need. It’s what they have needed for a few years now.
In 2013, the Giants went 7-9. They went 6-10 in 2014 and then again in 2015. It was clear that a change was needed but only Tom Coughlin was let go, essentially putting all of the blame on one person.
This time around, the New York Giants need to make drastic changes up and down the organization. I don’t even think Ben McAdoo should make it through the season.
Fire McAdoo after he gets outcoached by Kyle Shanahan next week and the Giants lose to the winless San Francisco 49ers. Then fire Jerry Reese after this miserable season ends.
Bring in a young, offensive-minded head coach and a general manager who has a track record of drafting well. Use the inevitable top-five pick to draft the next franchise quarterback and move on to the next era of New York Giants football.
It’s never easy to move on from the past but the past is exactly what Eli Manning has become. Jerry Reese’s success is also in the past and Ben McAdoo should have never even been the present.
Anyone watching Sunday’s game against the Rams should agree: It is time for the New York Giants to clean house.