New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo handled questions about his job security as well as he could following his team’s 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported early on Sunday that McAdoo could be fired as early as Monday. These reports come on the heels of the Giants starting Geno Smith in place of franchise quarterback Eli Manning in Oakland. Of course McAdoo was asked several times about the reports after the game, and one of his responses will probably become social media humor … and a mainstay on sound-bite reels for years.
“I’m going to coach this team as long as my keycard works,” McAdoo said, via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “I’m going to coach this team until I’m told I’m not coaching this team.”
That is really all McAdoo can do, but if he is let go, hopefully he’ll at least be notified before he tries to open the office door and gets an unfortunate surprise.
It has been a tough season for McAdoo, and the Giants’ losing is not all his fault. Questions certainly can be raised about his handling of Manning and whether the players are still responding to him.
However, he had no control over injuries to wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. A season that began with so much promise following the Giants’ first playoff appearance since 2011 has turned into a 2-10 wreck with four games left to play.