McDonald: The Reason To Fire Ben McAdoo Now – Sanity

For weeks, this space has been advocating the dismal of Giants coach Ben McAdoo.

And after the dismal 31-21 performance against the winless 49ers, it’s never been clearer. In fact, sports betting odds for the Giants say so.

See, the reason why a midseason change is most likely not going happen is because generally changing NFL coaches in-season is usually a lost cause. It rarely does anything, because there’s no time to change the system, so generally someone from the coaching staff takes over and keeps the same losing formula.

But in this case, there is another reason to send McAdoo packing: Sanity.

See the Giants aren’t just a bad team, they have become the resident circus in town. The players have clearly tuned him out and now are anonymously snipping to the press about their beleaguered coach. Everyday there is a new headline and McAdoo becomes more and more defiant.

And it will continue for the next seven weeks. The players obviously want him out and McAdoo is clearly over his head. He can’t fix this, and the Giants are too long gone. It’s going to be more of the same and over the seven weeks, things will continue to deteriorate. As the weather gets colder, expect more and more empty seats at MetLife Stadium. Or even worse, with three divisional games on the schedule, it will become a homefield to the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins.

You may not prevent that from happening no matter what, but at least you can dismiss the circus.

That’s why you make a change now. Get rid of McAdoo and the Giants are just another bad team looking towards 2018. With either Steve Spagnuolo or Mike Sullivan running the team, the organization can go and evaluate the roster, so when the next head coach and general manager comes in, they can make informed decisions.

Make the change now and the Giants can take the first step in moving onto the future. By waiting until the end of the season, there will always be questions about McAdoo, no matter what the score. His cancer will continue to spread and choke the organization.

Instead, you get to start fresh with an interim coach. There’s not going to be questions every time a coaching candidate comes up. And the players will go back to playing instead of dogging it for a coach they have no interest in.

Look the old adage is you can’t fire the players and the Giants can’t and getting rid of McAdoo now just means the 2-14 or 1-15 club will be run maybe a bit smoother. They still are going to be terrible, but for the sake of everyone involved at least the next seven weeks will be sane.

About the Author

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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