Reports surfaced the other day that players had given up on head mentor Ben McAdoo after an embarrassing 51-17 damage to the Rams. That was simply an appetizer of shame to this Sunday, when the previously winless 49ers defeat them 31-21 to place the Giants at 1-8.
Giants owner John Mara and GM Steve Tisch released the following statement on McAdoo, via Ian Rapoport:
“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and provides our support. We are in the midst of an exceptionally disappointing season. Our efficiency this year, particularly the past fourteen days, is inexcusable and irritating. While we appreciate our followers are unhappy using what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are. “Our program is to accomplish what we have constantly done, which is never to offer a running commentary on the growing season. It really is our responsibility to look for the reasons for our poor efficiency and at the end of the year, we will measure the 2017 time in its entirety and help to make a determination on how we progress.”
Reports the other day said that players had given up on him. McAdoo said his workforce didn’t quit, but their work on Sunday didn’t support his case.
This 47-yard touchdown by Garrett Celek was a prime example. Janoris Jenkins and Jonathan Casillas failed to make a play after seemingly having Celek found at the 20-yard range. It had been an NFL-record 10th straight game they’ve given up a touchdown to a good end, too.
Sunday’s game was on the highway, and it’s probably best for McAdoo that it had been. During their damage to the Rams the other day, fans were in the stands chanting “We want (Tom) Coughlin,” wishing because of their two-time Super Bowl winning mentor.
This week, McAdoo was asked if his team had become an embarrassment, to which he said, “No. I’m not really embarrassed by this workforce.”
However, you couldn’t say the same about his players:
Olivier Vernon on finding stepped on by the 0-9 49ers: “Embarrassing!” – Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) November 13, 2017
Justin Pugh: “Lose to an 0-9 workforce, it doesn’t get much worse than that.” – Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) November 13, 2017
DRC: “I’m embarrassed for all of us.” – Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) November 13, 2017
Their schedule doesn’t get much easier down the line. Their next game is against the Chiefs, who’ve had among the best offenses in the NFL this year. They then have a divisional game at Washington, and travel and leisure west to Oakland to take on the Raiders. In Week 14, they obtain the Cowboys who’ve currently beaten them. The next week, they enjoy the Eagles, who look to be the best workforce in the NFL through 10 weeks with an 8-1 record.
While the Giants publicly backed McAdoo, they didn’t say he’d be in the team’s ideas for the future, only that an evaluation would be made by the end of the year.
If this keeps up, the Giants’ next statement on McAdoo might browse a bit differently.