Lowly Giants fire head coach, GM following Manning fiasco

Ben McAdoo is done in New YorkThe New York Giants couldn’t wait any longer. Following their 10th loss of 2017 and facing a quarterback controversy with Eli Manning benched, the Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach for New York’s final four games of this lost season, and assistant GM Kevin Abrams will be interim GM.

While both McAdoo and Reese were probably going to be fired at the end of the season due to the Giants’ dismal record, benching Manning appears to be what led to Monday’s dismissals. Reports are already suggesting Manning will get the starting job back now that McAdoo and Reese are gone.

Manning’s benching was met with widespread derision, with pundits, former teammates, and fellow quarterbacks all reacting negatively to the decision. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers called it “pathetic” and many former Giants players criticized the benching on social media, joining the troves of fans already voicing their displeasure. An underwhelming performance by Geno Smith on Sunday did little to calm the budding fan revolt, which likely would have reached a fever pitch during next Sunday’s home game against the rival Dallas Cowboys.

Manning has never been the best quarterback in the NFL, but he was good enough to start every game for New York for more than a decade, and he wasn’t the main reason for the team’s struggles this season. The Giants’ run defense is non-existent, surrendering a league-worst 130.7 rushing yards per game, and their pass defense isn’t much better. On offense, New York’s dismal run game allowed opposing defenses to focus on stopping Manning, and the Oakland Raiders did the same with Smith during Sunday’s 24-17 loss. Giants co-owner John Mara described 2017 as a “perfect storm” of misfortune.

"Everything that could have gone wrong this season has gone wrong,” Mara said at a press conference announcing the firings.

McAdoo was promoted from offensive coordinator in January 2016 following the dismissal of Tom Coughlin, and he leaves the team with a 13-15 regular season record as head coach after helping New York snap a five-year playoff drought last year. Reese was around the franchise for much longer, and was promoted to general manager in 2007. The Giants won two Super Bowls with Reese as GM, but he was unable to properly address more recent shortcomings on the roster.