It’s not a matter of “if” , it’s a matter of “when” the Giants will fire head coach Ben McAdoo and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the “when” maybe as early as Monday:
Ben McAdoo’s nearly two-year run as head coach of the New York Giants is coming to an end, and he could be fired in the 24 hours after Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, league sources told ESPN.
Firing McAdoo would come less than one week after the Giants benched starting quarterback Eli Manning, a move that now is being considered the final straw, according to sources, in what has become a very un-Giants-like season.
Giants owner John Mara is extremely fond of Manning, and he felt the situation highlighted his belief that McAdoo has lacked communication skills during his time as head coach, according to sources. Mara took responsibility for the sloppiness in which Manning was informed of the situation but was unhappy with how McAdoo presented the plan to the franchise’s two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
The benching of Eli Manning isn’t the only reason why the Giants are moving on, lack of communication skills and his offense has played a large part in the team’s the decision to rush this process and get McAdoo out of New York:
In addition to communication issues, the Giants’ offense has lacked creativity, especially when the team has been trying to cover for weaknesses along the offensive line and injuries at wide receiver.
The Giants also are concerned that rather than having relationships built up, they have been torn down this season. Two cornerbacks, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, were suspended, and another, Eli Apple, was questioned on a defense that also has lacked oversight.
After playing in Oakland on Sunday, the Giants finish with three of their final four games at home, all against NFC East division foes — Dallas on Dec. 10, Philadelphia on Dec. 17 and Washington on Dec. 31.
It’s becoming more likely that when the Giants get to their next home game, Ben McAdoo won’t be the head coach.