Giants FIRE coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese a week after quarterback Eli Manning was benched
- McAdoo led the Giants to the playoffs in 2016 with an 11-5 record, but was on the hot seat with the team at 2-10 after Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders
- Both McAdoo and Reese drew public scorn after they decided to bench Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, in order to evaluate younger backups
- Even Giants co-owner John Mara acknowledged that the decision to bench Manning and evaluate backup quarterbacks Geno Smith and Davis Webb could have been handled better although he denied it was the reason for the firings
- McAdoo and Reese will be replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams, respectively?
- Manning, whose streak of 210 consecutive starts came to an end on Sunday, will reportedly start next week when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys ?
Giants coach Ben McAdoo was already on the hot seat when he decided to bench franchise quarterback Eli Manning before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders?
Less than a year after reaching the playoffs with an 11-5 record and only one week after benching franchise quarterback Eli Manning, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was fired on Monday along with general manager Jerry Reese amidst a disastrous 2-10 campaign.?
McAdoo and Reese will be replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams, respectively.
The Giants had been considered a Super Bowl contender before the season but struggled with injuries throughout the year and will now miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.?
'I was very confident about this roster... heading into this season,' Giants co-owner John Mara said Monday, later adding, 'We've had an embarrassing season.'
'Our team isn't good enough,' Mara went on to say. 'We're 2-10.'?
This marks the first time since 1976 that the Giants have ever fired a coach in the middle of the season, but it's certainly not a surprise given the team's record and the public scorn after Manning's streak of 210 consecutive starts was ended in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders.?
Oddly enough, Manning will have a chance to start another streak as ESPN is reporting he will start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.?
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It was reported on Monday that the New York Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo (right) and general manager Jerry Reese in the midst of a 2-10 season. McAdoo recently benched longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning (left). General manager Jerry Reese was also fired
'Our team isn't good enough,' Giants co-owner and CEO John Mara said Monday. 'We're 2-10'
The Giants lost their first five games of 2017, including three defeats in which the team blew fourth-quarter leads.?
With the losses, word started to emerge that McAdoo was losing the team. His one-game suspensions of popular cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins heightened the problem. According to several reports, some players also griped anonymously about having workouts on Saturdays, something the team also did last season.?
Mara and co-owner Steve Tisch had come to McAdoo's defense after an embarrassing loss to the then-winless San Francisco 49ers on November 12, saying his job was safe until the end of the season.?
His handling of the Manning benching seemed to seal his fate, but on Monday, Mara insisted McAdoo was not fired simply for replacing a franchise icon.?
ELI MANNING FACTS?
- Drafted first overall in 2004
- Named to four Pro Bowls
- A two-time Super Bowl MVP
- Guided the Giants to upset wins over the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI?
- Started every Giants game since November 21, 2004 when he replaced Kurt Warner in Week 10 of his rookie season
- Sits as the Giants' all-time leader in in passing yards (50,625), touchdown passes (334) and interceptions (222)
- Father Archie Manning also played at Ole Miss and was a first-round pick. He would go on to be named to two Pro Bowls over a 14-year career with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings
- Older brother Peyton Manning was also a first-round pick who went on guide the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos to Super Bowl victories
- Once hosted 'Saturday Night Live'?
'Really had no effect whatsoever,' Mara said. '2-10 is 2-10 and obviously the public reaction to that was not pleasant, but that really didn’t have any effect on our decision.'
At the time of Manning's benching last week, the former top pick was given the option of starting the Giants' remaining games and extending his streak – the most among active quarterbacks – but last Tuesday, a tearful Manning said it would be too difficult to start a game in which he knew he'd be removed. Also, he explained, such a scenario 'tarnishes the streak.'
McAdoo said he chose to bench Manning in order to evaluate backups Geno Smith and Davis Webb.
Fan reaction to Manning's benching was immediate, with many calling for Reese and McAdoo to be fired – something that happened less than a week later. The Giants were already been eliminated from playoff contention and currently have 19 players on injured reserve.
And it wasn't just fans. Manning's former teammates, such as Brandon Jacobs and Plaxico Burress, tweeted out their support.
'I'm absolutely speechless,' tweeted former Giants left tackle David Diehl, who won two Super Bowls with Manning. 'I've watched every game & have sat through this rough @Giants season & this what you do to a man who has lead this team for 210 straight games.'??
As Mara explained, the decision to fire McAdoo and Reese could not wait any longer because of the immensely disappointing 2017 campaign. ?
'Steve and I spoke after yesterday's game in Oakland and agreed to talk again today,' Mara said. 'This morning, we decided in the best interest of the franchise that we would relieve Jerry and Ben of their duties, effective immediately. This season has been incredibly disappointing for the organization and our fans, and while it would be ideal to make these kinds of decisions at the conclusion of the season, we simply felt now is the time to prepare for a fresh start.
'I have great respect for both Jerry and Ben,' Mara continued. 'Jerry has worked tirelessly for this franchise for 23 years. He has always communicated in a straight forward and honest manner. Ben, as a first time head coach, continued up until this morning to do everything in his power to give us a chance to win. I know the public perception of both these men is not positive, but within these walls, you could not ask for two better professionals.'??
Giants general manager Jerry Reese (left) was fired with the Giants at just 2-10 on the year?
Fans hold up signs for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half of an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Giants
Eli Manning (center in a blazer) alongside other members of the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants including (from the left) left guard Kevin Boothe, right guard Chris Snee, defensive end Dave Tollefson, long snapper Zak DeOssie, co-owner Steve Tisch, and running back Brandon Jacobs. The win was the franchise's fourth Super Bowl victory?
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, second from left, talks with quarterback Geno Smith, center, Eli Manning, right, and Davis Webb, left, during the first half on Sunday
Team co-owner and CEO John Mara (left) and the New York Giants might be looking at a future without Eli Manning (right) for the first time since before they acquired him in 2004
McAdoo posted a 13-16 record since being promoted to head coach from offensive coordinator in 2016.
After serving as offensive coordinator for the Giants in 2014, McAdoo replaced longtime Giants coach Tom Coughlin in 2016.?
'I also feel that he will be a successful head coach at some point in the future,' Mara said of McAdoo.
Coughlin won a pair of Super Bowl titles with Manning and Reese, the latter of whom worked as the Giants' director of player personnel before being named general manager in 2007.??
Although he's credited with two of the Giants' four Super Bowl titles, Reese's tenure with the team was marred by his decision to re-sign kicker Josh Brown in 2015 even though the team was aware that Brown had admitted to physically abusing his now-former wife.?
Reese refused to speak about the decision after Brown was suspended for a game in August of 2016 despite the fact that Manning, Mara, and even McAdoo - who was not even with the Giants when Brown was re-signed - addressed the issue.?
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) gestures behind head coach Ben McAdoo
Mara would ultimately call the decision to re-sign Brown 'misguided' after the team released him in October of 2016.?
'He certainly admitted to us that he abused his wife in the past,' Mara told WFAN in 2016. 'What's a little unclear is the extent of that.'
Brown was never charged with a crime, but?according to the incident report compiled by the sheriff's office in King County, Wash., Brown's then-wife, Molly, accused him of around 20 incidents of physical abuse dating back to 2009.?
Mara said the Giants will rely on former general manager Ernie Accorsi to head the team's search for a new general manager. Accorsi served as the Giants' GM from 1998 until 2007 and pulled off the trade in 2004 to acquire the top pick of the NFL Draft, Eli Manning.?
Manning started every Giants from November 21, 2004 when he replaced Kurt Warner in Week 10 of his rookie season, until Sunday, when he was benched in favor of Smith.?
The former Ole Miss star has guided the Giants to two Super Bowl victories and is the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards (50,625), touchdown passes (334) and interceptions (222).
Despite the 2-9 record, Manning played relatively well for the Giants in 2017. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,411 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also posted a respectable quarterback rating of 84.1. Besides a host of injuries along the offensive line, Manning also lost top wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for the season, which limited his options significantly.
Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in place of Manning on Sunday. On Monday, apparently feeling the criticism from fans, Smith wrote on twitter: 'Hate is so familiar to me I'm slowly embracing it, doesn't come natural bear with me it could take a bit...'
Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in place of Manning?
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