The New York Giants’ ownership issued a statement Monday in support of head coach Ben McAdoo despite the team’s 1-8 record.
The statement read:
“Issued in response to media inquiries about the team’s 1-8 record, the team’s performance of the past two weeks in losses to the Rams and 49ers, and regarding status of head coach Ben McAdoo:
“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support. We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.
“Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.”
The Giants are ranked 15th in the NFC and have the third-worst record in the NFL. They were embarrassed at home 51-17 by the Los Angeles Rams, the third-worst home loss in franchise history. The Giants lost 31-21 to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers Sunday.
Reports surfaced that McAdoo’s job could have been on the line with a loss to the 49ers. Firing McAdoo during the season goes the way the Giants go about their business. The last time a Giants head coach was fired in the middle of the season was in 1976.
McAdoo was asked about the vote of confidence from ownership during his weekly conference call.
“I’m in the process of finishing upgrading the film from last ballgame and starting the next one. That is where my focus is right now,” McAdoo said. “Working to find a way to get the team better and coach the team better and put us in a position to win at home. Get us our first home win of the year.”
The Giants host the 6-3 AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
Quarterback Eli Manning thought the statement from ownership was the right thing to do.
“Well, I think it’s the right move,” Manning said in a Monday interview with WFAN. “We have a lot of football games left to play. Obviously (Sunday’s game) was a tough one. We have to figure out how to play better football. This is not on Coach McAdoo. It’s on the players playing better than we are right now.”