Giants Fire Ben McAdoo

Giants coach Ben McAdoo has been fired (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com). His dismissal comes in the midst of a disappointing season, but also less than one year after leading his team to the playoffs. Ben McAdoo

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The Giants will install defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as the team’s interim head coach. Meanwhile, Giants’ assistant general manager Kevin Abrams will serve as the GM for the rest of the season, a person with knowledge of team’s moves tells Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com (Twitter link).

Steve and I spoke after yesterday’s game in Oakland and agreed to talk again today,” said owner John Mara in a statement released by the team. “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.”

This marks Spagnuolo’s second stint as an NFL head coach. After making a name for himself as the Giants’ DC years ago, he went on to become the head coach of the Rams. Things didn’t go as planned in St. Louis, unfortunately, as his teams went a combined 10-38 in three seasons. While he remains highly respected in coaching circles, it’s fair to wonder if he is the right guy for the Giants’ top job given their defensive struggles this year.

Heading into the season, the Giants believed that they had the talent necessary to contend in the NFC East. Instead, a slew of injuries early in the year – including several in the wide receiver group – hurt them early in the year. The offense slumped without Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, but the front office apparently feels that a lack of leadership was also to blame.

Last week, McAdoo was slammed by fans when Geno Smith was installed as the starter for Sunday’s game over Eli Manning. The decision to give Smith a shot over the franchise hero was not exclusively McAdoo’s, but it seems that he is being made to be the fall guy. Smith had his moments against Oakland, but ownership has decided to clean house after watching the Giants fall to 2-10 on the year.

McAdoo first made a name for himself nationally as Aaron Rodgers‘ position coach in Green Bay. In 2014, he joined Tom Coughlin‘s staff as the offensive coordinator for the Giants. Two years later, the Giants pushed Coughlin out and installed McAdoo as the head coach. At the time, the Giants felt that they were choosing the coach best suited to guide Manning. That wasn’t the case in hindsight, but other teams had serious interest in hiring McAdoo, including the rival Eagles.

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14 comments on “Giants Fire Ben McAdoo

  1. bush5104

    THERE IS MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!! Thank you Mara family!! Let’s hope Jerry Reese is next!

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  2. Alex Graboyes

    Unbelievable first eli now mcadoo. Ned yost had 2 bad years after winning the World Series win. Is he fired. Same thing with the mets except he resigned due to age.

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  3. acarneglia

    Merry Christmas Giants Fans! You and Eli deserve better than this bum!

    P.S. I’ll gladly give you Vance Joseph

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  4. mcdusty31

    No word on the interim head coach? Did I miss something?

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    • CompanyAssassin

      Many believe so, but if that was a metaphorical question, just ask Jeff Fisher.

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  5. Ironman_4life

    I’m going to assume that his key card will not work anymore

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  6. Thronson5

    Thank God. I’m not even a Giants fan but as a fan of Football I couldn’t stand watching what this guy was doing with that team. I feel terrible for Eli and joe that whole situation played out. I wouldn’t blame him if he asks to be released or traded but I have a feeling he won’t because he still loves that’s organization. I wonder if they keep him next year. Really interested to see who they hire as coach and GM and how the Eli thing plays out. I’ll tell you this much, as a 9ers fan I love what they did with hiring their coach and GM together and I think more team will start doing that. I’ve never really seen it done like that but I really love it. I think the Giants should do the same and I hope nothing but the best for that team because I know they are far more talented than they’ve shown this season even with injuries. As far as I can see they need to work on their O Line and find a true number one RB which there will be a few in free agency I think. Good luck to your office and sideline rebuild, Giants fans. Can’t wait to see how t all unfolds and I’ll definitely be watching closely.

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  7. DonC.

    Remember chip kelly?maybe macaroni could go to UCLA’s with chip they deserve each other FLYEAGLESFLY

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