Much to the dismay of fans, the New York Giants did not fire head coach Ben McAdoo on Monday. But he might not last much longer.
While disappointing to some, that doesn’t mean that McAdoo will remain the Giants’ head coach until the end of the season, despite what ownership said today.
#NYG ownership statement: McAdoo “has our support.” Also performance “is inexcusable and frustrating” & “nobody is more upset than we are.” pic.twitter.com/44cV7eHWqE
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) November 13, 2017
In fact, the Giants could fire McAdoo as early as Black Friday.
The Giants will host the 6-3 Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, then have a quick turnaround as they will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins on Thanksgiving.
So even if the Giants were to get embarrassed by the Chiefs on Sunday, it’s unlikely they would let go of McAdoo since they have a game just four days later.
Following the Giants’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Redskins, they will have 10 days off until their next game on Dec. 3 against the Oakland Raiders.
That would be the opportune time to part ways with McAdoo in-season if the Giants lose to the Chiefs and Redskins and are sitting at 1-10.
Should the Giants fire McAdoo, expect defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to be named interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan would continue to call the offensive plays.
Spagnuolo has head coaching experience, as he was the Rams head coach from 2009 to 2011. So he knows what it takes to be a head coach. Having 10 days between games would give him enough time to put forth his philosophy and gameplan.
It’s clear that McAdoo has lost this team as anonymous players have spoken out against him and have sent text messages to various members of the media on how the players have given up on him.
So having a new voice as head coach might bring some energy to the locker room. It would also eliminate the excuse that the Giants’ poor play has been because the players have lost faith in their head coach.
Following his team’s 31-21 loss to the 49ers, McAdoo said he was not embarrassed losing to a previously winless team. That statement alone should fuel owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to fire him.
The New York Giants are one of the elite franchises in professional sports, and if losing to a 0-9 team doesn’t embarrass McAdoo, then he is clearly not the right man to lead this franchise. The Giants need to make a change before the season ends.