Giants won't fire Ben McAdoo (at least not right now)

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

NY was coming off a 51-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams. "We have to find a way to win a game". The Pro Bowler who missed last week's game serving a team suspension was beaten on an 83-yard touchdown pass and missed three tackles, including one that could have stopped a touchdown late in the first half. There were plays we were capable of making and the desire to finish wasn't consistent. There is not a better one-two punch in the National Football League at the moment. They are tied for 28th (with the Chicago Bears) in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

The Rams scored exactly that on Sunday in a 33-7 beat-down of the Houston Texans, with second-year quarterback Jared Goff continuing to distribute the ball brilliantly to his team of receivers. NY rookie tight end caught a touchdown pass for the fourth straight game on Sunday. "I'm not embarrassed by this team". That needs to show up on a more consistent basis. The team seems to have hit rock bottom several times this season and there are still seven games left.

But it was not being without star running back Ezekiel Elliott that truly damaged Jason Garrett's men.

DT Damon Harrison was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

The young lineman was abused by Atlanta's Adrian Clayborn as he ended the night with a career-high six sacks. They have just two rushing touchdowns on the season. The loss of Elliott stings, but if Smith is gone for a significant period of time, America's Team is in serious trouble.

A report surfaced on Sunday before the Giants played against the San Francisco 49ers that McAdoo might be fired if the team lost that game. And it was little more than Kyle Shanahan deserved in the early stages of his rebuild in California. But even he had to admit, after re-watching Sunday's lackluster 31-21 loss to the 49ers, that there was something missing from some defensive players.

It's really a matter of when the New York Giants fire Ben McAdoo as head coach at this point, not if.

Given the specter of "quitting" that has been lurking in the locker room during this 1-8 season, might McAdoo be inclined to yank a player who is lacking the "desire to finish"?

The first year went well for the Giants under McAdoo, as they went 11-5 and got to the playoffs.

Their effort defensively has also been in question each of the past two weeks, with the latest debacle coming after several players anonymously accused McAdoo of losing the team to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

It's rare that Tom Brady becomes the third paragraph in a recap of the Patriots, but it shows New England put together a complete performance in grabbing their fifth straight win.

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