It’s a good, bad and ugly situation for head coach Ben McAdoo and the New York Giants.
The good is a high-end first-round draft pick in 2018. Unlike most teams that tank, the Giants didn’t even have to give up any of their talent. All they have to do is let one man run it into the ground.
McAdoo has clearly lost the locker room now that players on the roster are anonymously going on record to condemn his coaching job. The playoffs are a pipe dream at this point, and the Giants are an even bigger disaster than the Cleveland Browns. The Browns might be terrible, but at least they respect Hue Jackson as a coach. The Giants might as well get something out of this horrific season. A last-ditch effort to save the season might help with team morale, but it won’t improve the team’s draft order.
Suck it up, buttercup.
Seven more games with McAdoo as the head coach won’t kill the Giants. It might even help them in the long run if they’re able to draft a game-changing talent at the top of the draft board. That leads us to the bad.
It has been a bad look for a Giant team that made the playoffs last year and entered this season looking like Super Bowl contenders. Their top-10 defensive unit from a year ago was returning, and general manager Jerry Reese had ensured quarterback Eli Manning had more toys at his disposal than Richie Rich. However, it’s a shame they forgot about the offensive line and the running game. If those two units had more talent, we might not be having this conversation.
As for the ugly, there is nothing uglier than getting embarrassed on the road against a winless San Francisco 49er team. McAdoo looked aloof as ever standing on the sidelines watching the 49ers celebrate like it was Super Bowl XXIX. In that moment he realized he might have the worst team in the NFL. Even the Browns would have beaten the Giants on Sunday.
To no one’s surprise, New York ownership kept the message the same after the game. It acknowledged shared disappointment in the team’s performance before doubling down on keeping McAdoo until the end of the season.
“Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating,” the statement read, via New York Daily News. “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 condensed version of that means good riddance, McAdoo, in 2018. Instead of firing McAdoo and hiring an interim head coach, the Giants have chosen to stink for the rest of the season. It’s too late to save themselves from the bad and the ugly.
They might as well get something good out of it.
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