The rumors yesterday were very strong — the New York Giants were on the verge of cutting ties with head coach Bob McAdoo following the disastrous handling of the Eli Manning benching. The reports said that general manager Jerry Reese shouldn’t be sitting easy either. Word is now, the axe has fallen and both men are gone.
Reese had been with the team since 1994, stepping into the GM role in 2007. McAdoo took over for Tom Coughlin as head coach after the 2015 season. McAdoo lead the team to an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs, but this season has been very different a the team is sitting at 2-10, including a loss that gave the San Francisco 49ers their first victory of the season.
But the Giants aren’t a team known for firing coaches without giving them a good chance nor firing them during the season. McAdoo is the first coach let go after only two seasons since Ray Handley in 1992. And the first coach fired in season since Bill Arnsparger in 1976 after the team started 0-7. The writing was not only on the wall, but in a memo released by the team after the 49ers game, stating that McAdoo’s future would not be looked at until after the season where they could see the whole year. That changed when McAdoo decided to bench 36-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning so they could see what they had in backups Geno Smith and Davis Webb. This would break Manning’s consecutive start streak of 210 games, second longest in NFL history. McAdoo offered to let Manning start the games and then be pulled. Manning declined saying that would make the record hollow if he couldn’t be in there and competing to win.
After the benching, co-owner John Mara apologized for the sloppy way the benching was handled, but when asked about McAdoo making it to the end of the season, he said: “There’s no guarantees in life.”
Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be the interim head coach.