And now the Giants have become a circus.
After losing the first five games of the season and four of their five wide receivers, Big Blue is coming apart and there may be a player revolt going on with Ben McAdoo.
Today Dominique Rogers-Cromartie was suspended by the club after an altercation with McAdoo.
“We had a conversation that was personal upstairs and he came in today. Decided to leave. We will suspend him,” McAdoo said and when pressed for more information, he just kept replying, “That’s all the information I have for you at this point.”
In Columbus, OH, John Tortorella is nodding proudly in approval.
DRC is apparently upset at his playing time and how McAdoo has been using the veteran defensive back. “To sit me in a game had me so hot, so I left,’’ Rodgers-Cromartie told ESPN. “I was suspended way before I left. I left because I felt what [McAdoo] said was BS.’’
This is what happens when teams are 0-5. They don’t tend to go out with a whimper, instead it becomes a circus.
And the big top has gone up in East Rutherford.
The sad part is that this will get worse. McAdoo is over his head here and his brutal treatment of the press will get him no sympathy there. And here’s the rub, coaches generally treat their players the same, so it’s no shock there’s the beginning of a revolt.
It’s not going to get easier, since the Giants have a brutal schedule. The game in Denver on Sunday has loss written all over it and then next week, Seattle comes in before the break.
You will probably be looking at 0-7.
The more they lose, the more players will revolt on the second-year coach.
John Mara is a very patient man, and waits out problems. When the players started to turn on Tom Coughlin, he gave him another chance and was rewarded with two Super Bowls.
This is different, though, and McAdoo along with Jerry Reese are quickly getting tickets out of town.
But there’s no reason to wait on the coach. It’s one thing to lose and quietly go out. It’s another when feuds get played out in public.
Mara needs to take some action before the season ends. If they Giants continue on this trail, he should just dismiss McAdoo before the season finishes up and let defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo take the reins.
Spagnuolo isn’t the answer and will not turn around the Giants season, but he is well liked by the players and management. Having him in charge at least will stop the nonsense coming out of Giants’ camp.
In New York disasters like this happen all the time, but to other franchises. Not the Giants. The Mets are famous for it. So are the Knicks. The Jets have had their moments in the past, but Todd Bowles handles himself with grace.
McAdoo does not. He’s in over his head here. It’s just like when Ray Handley replaced Bill Parcells. The players revolted against him and he was never heard from again.
The Giants season is in the toilet. There’s no way to save it. But going through two and a half more months of McAdoo will hurt their reputation as a franchise.
Don’t let this happen. It’s time to dismiss Ben McAdoo as coach and move on.