Ben McAdoo is not long for the Giants.
The team lost its star player Odell Beckham Jr. for the season and is currently rotting at 1-7.
In addition to the miserable season, McAdoo received the worst news possible for a head coach.
The only thing more damning than the dreaded “vote of confidence” is players openly talking about how the team has quit on the head coach.
That is Ben McAdoo’s reality right now.
Two New York Giants players told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that head coach Ben McAdoo no longer has the support of his 1-7 team.
“McAdoo has lost this team,” one player who asked to remain anonymous told Anderson. “He’s got us going 80 percent on Saturdays before we get on a plane to play a game. It’s wild. Changed our off day. He’s dishing out fines like crazy. Suspended two of our stars when we need them the most. Throws us under the bus all the time. He’s ran us into the ground and people wonder why we’ve been getting got.”
A second player who also requested anonymity told Anderson: “Guys are giving up on the season and nothing’s being done. Guys just don’t care anymore.”
Those comments from both players came last week, before the Giants lost 51-17 to the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium in one of the worst home losses in the team’s history.
On Wednesday, the two players reiterated the comments, with one saying the coach “didn’t really have anything for us” at halftime of that game, and the other saying, “I feel like we really don’t got a leader in Coach McAdoo.”
One of the two anonymous Giants players said Wednesday that he thinks the organization is still in the midst of being at rock bottom.
“I would say this last week [against the Rams], even after the game, a lot of guys were like at their wit’s end,” the player said. “You could tell even on the sidelines. I just got the vibe; you can tell when the team has quit, and it just felt like we did. It felt like nobody wanted to be there, and the whole week [McAdoo] didn’t give us the day off last week [after players returned from the team’s bye]. Guys were a little upset about that — even though we did get a bye week — so the morale was kind of shaky.”
The player also said that some players did not like that McAdoo characterized the drubbing by the Rams as one of the Giants’ worst losses in history.
“I think a lot of the guys watched the press conference after the game like a lot of guys do just to see what [McAdoo] says,” the player said. “When [McAdoo] said ‘um’ to the question ‘What did you tell the team at halftime?’ and [McAdoo] just said ‘um,’ he didn’t really have anything. Man, he didn’t really have anything for us when we came back in the locker room, too. It was just kind of like the same old, same old. You can just see guys were like — you can just tell that nobody was kind of following it.”
The other anonymous player also said Wednesday: “I’m going to keep it 100 and I’m going to tell it like it is, and it’s terrible, man. I feel like we really don’t got a leader in Coach McAdoo. Going from Coach [Tom] Coughlin, a leader who just had that presence. Like if you were doing something wrong, like on the phone in the hallway walking by, like [Coughlin] is going to say something to you. Coach McAdoo, on the other hand, would see you on the phone in the hallway, walk by you and then fine you.”
[Dominique] Rodgers-Cromartie is taking the view of a player who has been through a lot.
“At the end of the day, we have eight more games to get it right. [The game against the Rams] was terrible. I ain’t never seen nothing like that in my life. In that game, you had people running wide open. Ain’t no way in hell anybody expected us to come off a bye and play like that.”
“But I’m telling you, [McAdoo] has our support,” Rodgers-Cromartie added. “It’s just been a tough season. It is what it is.
“It’s everybody’s fault. It’s not just one person to blame. Can’t just blame Coach McAdoo. Can’t blame [general manager] Mr. [Jerry] Reese. Can’t blame the offensive staff. It’s everybody.”
Tom Coughlin was certainly no player’s coach, so if guys in the locker room are nostalgic for the “Camp Coughlin” drill sergeant days, McAdoo must be completely lost at sea.
With the team cratering and franchise quarterback Eli Manning looking long in the tooth it appears to be time for the Giants to hit the reset button.
If the Giants lose to the winless 49ers next, the regime change could begin immediately.