McDonald: After Today’s Debacle, Giant Regime Change Must Happen Now

After the Giants 51-17 destruction by the hands of the Las Angeles Rams today, John Mara is left with one solution: The ax needs to come down right now.

Don’t wait for the end of the season, start tomorrow, because the Giants proved today, the season is officially over after not showing up for this game.

For starters Ben McAdoo needs to get his walking papers. It’s clear the locker room is revolting on him and that uprising will continue through Dec. 31.

Both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins have been suspended for not showing up and violating team rules and those are supposed to be your veteran leaders on the defense. It’s clear McAdoo has a problem with player communication.

And there are no answers or even the glimpse of hope here. It’s clear the rest of the team isn’t going to play hard for the man. It’s time for him to simply be let go.

Jerry Reese is another, who should be shown the door. Now, this can wait until the end of the season, because the trading deadline has passed and really the general manager’s only job right now is signing players to the practice squad and scouting for the draft. He can’t do any more damage right now.

But both have to go and sooner rather than later. When asked about his halftime speech to the players today, McAdoo only could answer, “Um.”

“Um” is right. There are no words here. There’s no other way to describe it. The Giants are a total mess and facts are facts.

McAdoo is clearly in over his head. When asked about his job, he said, “My situation doesn’t have anything to do with it. We have to get ready to play a ball game next week. That’s counterproductive.”

Well his regime is counterproductive. If the Giants are to go into let’s see what the rookies can do mode, the let someone else handle it. Mike Sullivan or Steve Spagnuolo can easily fit into that role until a new coach is hired in January.

Oh yeah, next week’s game is against the winless 49ers and they are looking forward to this game, because they will have a chance for a win here.

The Giants have become that team. The gimme on the schedule.

As for Reese, he had a very uneven tenure with the club. There was some very good work and some terrible decisions.  A club that can go 2-14 or 1-15 shows all the general manager’s Worts and a change needs to happen.

Ironically the Giants never fired a GM before. They only had three with George Young and Ernie Accorsi providing peaceful transitions of power. Now it’s time for Mara to do what his dad did in 1978 and find the man who can rebuild the franchise and bring it back to glory.

Start that job right now. Get the resumes in order, so a new regime will have the time to start the rebuild this offseason.

And while Mara is at it, he may want to start talking to No. 10 to see if he will accept a trade in the offseason. Eli Manning’s time in New York is coming to an end. With a top pick, grab a franchise quarterback and move on.

But after today, there’s no question regime change is coming. It’s just a question of when.   

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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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