Ben McAdoo is on the hottest of seats right now.
Last season, the New York Giants head coach was the toast of the town. He led the team to an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance. This season, the team is 0-5, lost their best player for the season, and in danger of imploding.
We are about to find out what kind of coach McAdoo is. Will he lead the Giants back to respectability or allow them drown in a sea of mediocrity he is partially responsible for creating?
Losing Odell Beckham Jr., Dwayne Harris, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard is bad enough. Six consecutive losses dating back to last season’s playoffs is even worse. Now it appears players are unhappy and talking to the media about it…which is some kind of awful.
Cornerback Eli Apple was benched and told reporters about his unhappiness about it. Another cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, has been suspended indefinitely for a series of events including leaving a recovery session and throwing his helmet down in disgust during the Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Rodgers-Cromartie is a popular player in the locker room. If he turns on McAdoo, the collateral damage could be staggering.
McAdoo said he knew what he was getting into when he succeeded Tom Coughlin as head coach.
“You knew going in that were going to be dumpster fires every day and you deal with them as they come,” McAdoo said last year. “A lot of things cross your desk that you don’t want to deal with, but it is part of the job and you handle it and you move on. You stay consistent, you stay in the moment, and you keep everyone’s best interest in mind.”
McAdoo managed to keep himself and the team out of last season’s negative headlines (i.e. Josh Brown, the walkie-talkie “controversy”. Of course, it was easy to avoid the fray because the team was winning.
The Giants haven’t won a game since New Year’s Day. This magnifies all of the Giants’ issues…and McAdoo’s as well.
He hasn’t done himself any favors by throwing Eli Manning under the bus after the Week 2 loss to the Detroit Lions or calling out his receivers after the Week 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McAdoo also didn’t help himself by his lackadaisical response to Beckham’s touchdown celebration in which he got down on his hands and knees and lifted up his leg, pretending to urinate.
The Giants typically don’t fire coaches after two seasons. If the team finishes near the bottom of the league standings and the locker room is a mess, they may not have a choice but to hand McAdoo his pink slip.