Giants Fire Head Coach Ben McAdoo, General Manager Jerry Reese
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Monday that the New York Giants have fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. McAdoo will be replaced on an interim basis by the team’s defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that assistant general manager Kevin Abrams will take Reese’s spot on an interim basis, as well.
McAdoo did not even last two full seasons as the man to lead the Giants. Despite going 11-5 and making a playoff appearance in his first season at the helm, McAdoo has taken the brunt of the blame for the team’s dreadful 2-10 start this season. The Giants got off to a putrid 0-5 start and were officially eliminated from the playoffs before the calendar even flipped to December.
Of course, the Giants’ disastrous season is not all McAdoo’s fault. The team has been wrecked by injuries, most notably to the receiving corps. Both Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down with season-ending injuries in Week 5. Sterling Shepard has also been in and out of the lineup with a variety of issues. Earlier in the year, McAdoo also suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins for violating team rules.
McAdoo’s ouster is no real surprise given the fact that Giants ownership felt compelled to release a statement after the team suffered an embarrassing 31-21 defeat at the hands of the lowly San Francisco 49ers in Week 10. The statement said that McAdoo would not be fired before the end of the season, as they wanted to evaluate the season as a whole after it ended.
However, things still got worse from there. The Giants made headlines last week when it was announced that Geno Smith, not Eli Manning, would start at quarterback for this past Sunday’s clash with the Oakland Raiders. The benching ended Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive starts.
After McAdoo’s firing, ESPN additionally reported that Manning will now start next Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Once news broke of Manning’s benching, Giants owner John Mara would not commit to the notion that McAdoo would remain employed by the team through the end of the season. Mara said,
“There’s no guarantees in life. We made our statement on that a couple of weeks ago, but there’s no guarantees in life.”
McAdoo joined the Giants organization in 2014 after spending time on Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff in Green Bay. McAdoo was Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator for two seasons before being promoted to head coach after Coughlin retired in 2016.
Reese’s Long Tenure Comes to a Close
Reese, meanwhile, had been with the Giants organization in a variety of roles since 1994. He has been the team’s GM since 2007, and the team won a pair of Super Bowl titles under his watch. However, Reese had been under fire from fans for failing to address the team’s needs along the offensive line for the last couple of years.
Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator when the team won a Super Bowl in 2007. He parlayed that performance into a stint as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009 through 2011. He rejoined the Giants coaching staff as defensive coordinator in 2015.
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