New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch sent a letter to season-ticket holders on Monday, empathizing with the frustration of Giants fans during what has been one of the most trying years for the franchise in decades, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
“Dear (Giants fan), Today, we made the difficult decision to relieve head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese of their duties,” read the letter. “This season has been extremely disappointing for our organization, and we determined now was the right time to make these changes.”
The Giants fired McAdoo and Reese a week after New York decided to bench franchise quarterback Eli Manning for Geno Smith. After Smith and the Giants lost to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon, Mara and Tisch decided to fire McAdoo and Reese the following day and reinstated Manning as the team’s starting signal-caller.
“Steve Spagnuolo, our defensive coordinator and a former NFL head coach, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Kevin Abrams, our assistant general manager for the last 16 years, will assume the duties of interim general manager,” continued the letter. “As owners of this franchise, our goal is to deliver the highest quality of football to you, and we know we have fallen short of that goal this season. We will conduct a diligent and thorough search for a new head coach and general manager.”
Mara and Tisch then proceeded to thank the fans for their loyalty throughout the turmoil.
“We know you and all of our fans have been frustrated this year, and many of you have voiced your disappointment and displeasure. Your passion for our franchise does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate your continued support as we move forward to provide you with a renewed sense of Giants Pride.”
The Giants are 2-10 on the year, which is tied for the second-worst record in the NFL. New York hasn’t lost more than 10 games in a season since going 4-12 in 2003.