New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the locker room according to an ESPN report.
Two players, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that McAdoo no longer has the support of his players.
“McAdoo has lost this team,” one player said. “He got us going 80 percent on Saturdays before we get on a plane to play a game, it’s wild. Changed our off day. He’s dishing out fines like crazy. Suspended two of our stars when we need them the most. Throws us under the bus all the time. He’s ran us into the ground and people wonder why we’ve been getting got.”
A second player told Anderson players “are giving up on the season and nothing’s being done. Guys just don’t care anymore.”
The players spoke with Anderson before Sunday’s 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium that dropped the Giants to 1-7, the second-worst record in the NFC. Sunday’s debacle was the third-worst home loss in Giants franchise history, which goes back to 1925.
On Wednesday, safety Landon Collins came to McAdoo’s defense.
“McAdoo has been leading the same way he led last year. So, I don’t knock the way he’s been doing things. Fining people like crazy? If you don’t follow the rules, there’s going to be consequences,” Collins said. “I wouldn’t say he lost the team. I have the utmost respect for him. He’s been doing a great job. Just trying to figure it out like we all are.
“McAdoo has it all. He can lead men. He can do whatever you say. He has the ability to do those things. It’s not McAdoo, it’s everybody. Everybody has to look in the mirror, the coaching staff, the coordinators, everybody.”
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was suspended for the Week 6 win against the Denver Broncos for a violation of team rules including a sideline altercation with McAdoo and leaving practice early, also came to McAdoo’s defense.
“I’m an old head. I (have) seen a lot of locker rooms and I know for a fact this locker room ain’t lost. I (have) seen a lost locker room,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I know what guys do…they come to practice lackadaisical. They don’t have a care. Nothing really matters no more and I don’t see that happening.
“I’ll say that we are still trying to find our identity—who we want to be. At times, we show the team that we know we are, and at times we don’t and we got to figure out why is that.”
One of the anonymous players think the Giants have hit rock bottom. He said some players took exception to McAdoo referring to the Rams loss as one of the worst in Giants history in the postgame press conference…even though it was.
The player also took shots at McAdoo’s response when he was asked about his halftime speech during Sunday’s game.
“I think a lot of guys watched the press conference after the game like a lot of guys do just to see what (McAdoo) says, “the player said. “When (McAdoo) said ‘um’ to the question ‘what did you tell the team at halftime and (McAdoo) just said ‘um’ he really didn’t have anything.
“Man, he really didn’t have anything for us in the locker room, too. It was kind of the same old, same old. You can just see guys were like, you could just tell that nobody was kind of following it.”
The other anonymous player compared McAdoo to the head coach he succeeded, Tom Coughlin.
“I’m going to keep it 100 and I’m going to tell it like it is and it’s terrible, man,” the player said. “I feel like we really don’t got a leader in Coach McAdoo. Going from Coach Coughlin, a leader who just had that presence.
“Like if you were doing something wrong, like on the phone in the hallway walking by, like (Coughlin) is going to say something to you. Coach McAdoo, on the other hand, would see on the phone in the hallway, walk by you, and then fine you.”
Rodgers-Cromartie is in his 10th NFL season, third on the team in NFL experience to quarterback Eli Manning (who is in his 14th season) and long snapper Zak DeOssie (who is in his 11th season). Although he had his own run-in with McAdoo earlier in the season, he spoke with the wisdom of a seasoned veteran.
“At the end of the day, we have eight more games to get it right. (The Rams game) was terrible. I ain’t never seen nothing like that in my life,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “In that game you had people running wide open. Ain’t no way in hell anybody expected us to come off a bye and play like that.
“But I’m telling you, (McAdoo) has our support…it’s just been a tough season. It is what it is. It’s everybody’s fault. Can’t just blame Coach McAdoo. Can’t blame Mr. (general manager Jerry) Reese. Can’t blame the offensive staff. It’s everybody.”