The New York Giants began their week of preparation for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium with what head coach Ben McAdoo called a “long, hard, honest meeting” with his team.
McAdoo played game film from Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers. In his Monday conference call, McAdoo cited “an inconsistent desire to finish” plays and the plays shown in the film were examples of that.
“Message to them in the meeting was we had some open conversations, some hard talks, some plain talks, some simple talk, played some film and were brutally honest with each other,” McAdoo said. “We’ll see how the players respond. They had a nice day of practice [Wednesday]. We also talked about the great opportunity in front of us.”
The Giants are 1-8 with seven games remaining. They’ve lost their last three games by a combined 61 points after losing their first five games by a combined 40 points. They will face a stiff challenge from the 6-3, AFC West leading Chiefs, who are 10.5-point favorites.
The point of McAdoo’s meeting was not lost on the players, although some believe this type of dialogue occurred too little, too late.
“Yeah, definitely,” cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I think it would’ve put guys at a different attention on alert back then, because nobody wants to be called out…I don’t care what you say. Nobody wants to have that play up there where you have to come back in the locker room and everybody is looking at you like you’re that guy. I think it could’ve helped if it were done earlier or not, but at least it got done.”
McAdoo did not mention any players by name in his weekly conference call but alluded to the day of cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins was routinely burned by the 49ers during Sunday’s game. He was not available for comment Wednesday.
The players, for their part, did not question what they saw on the film.
“At some points [efforts were questioned],” linebacker Devon Kennard said. “Just guys could have given more effort. It was just an opportunity for everybody to see what was going on, from both sides of the ball.
“We got to see some of the offensive plays and hear Coach McAdoo coach some guys up on the offensive side and the defensive side, and I think it’s just a good way for everybody to be held accountable for what’s going on, on and off the field.”