New York Giants Make Right Move in Firing Ben McAdoo, Jerry Reese
Black Monday came for both Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese in East Rutherford. John Mara decided to make a very rare move in-season and on Monday. The New York Giants owner fired their head coach, Ben McAdoo along with general manager Jerry Reese.
Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has been named the interim head coach. Kevin Abrams will be the interim general manager.
The news came down less than 24 hours after the Giants dropped to 2-10 on the 2017 season and after their latest loss to the Oakland Raiders. It comes less than a week after Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese decided to bench long-time veteran quarterback Eli Manning, a move that was met with a lot of anger everywhere.
It wasn’t just the fan base that was angry with Ben McAdoo’s benching of Eli Manning, it was also former Giants players and NFL players past and present all over who expressed their displeasure in the move. There was a report that at least 25 former Giants players were ready to take to the sidelines and wear an Eli Manning jersey this coming Sunday in support of Manning and in protest of his benching.
Ben McAdoo’s removal as head coach comes less than two years after the Giants hired him to replace Tom Coughlin. Coughlin left the Giants in January of 2016 after 11 years and two Super Bowl championships. Ben McAdoo was the Giants offensive coordinator for two seasons under Coughlin before the team raised him to head coach.
It is the first time the Giants have fired a head coach mid-season since 1976. At that time the team fired Bill Arnsparger after a 0-7 start to the season.
For Jerry Reese, he was the team’s general manager for 10 seasons and was the GM when the Giants won their Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011. But despite the two Super Bowl victories, the public relations nightmare with the benching of Eli Manning wasn’t enough for Reese to keep his job.
Despite being a Super Bowl winning executive, his failures in the NFL Draft, especially in later rounds, along with missing the playoffs in five of the last six seasons since the Giants last won Super Bowl XLVI were more than enough ammunition for John Mara to make the move.
When Tom Coughlin stepped down as the Giants head coach, it gave Jerry Reese a pass. Despite the fact that Reese himself constructed the roster. He did spend over $200 million on the defense. With that, the Giants returned to the playoffs in 2016 with an 11-5 record. But things went sour very quickly in East Rutherford in 2017.
It was necessary and needed for the Giants to fire both. Both were instrumental in the dismantling of this franchise. Ben McAdoo was more influential in turning the New York Giants into a dumpster fire during the 2017 season. The way he handled the team, the media, and his lack of success to run a franchise. Most importantly, with the Eli Manning situation.
Jerry Reese’s firing was more of a long process. Many feel the Giants should have fired Reese two years ago and not Tom Coughlin. Nonetheless, what’s done is done. And on Monday, he felt the Giants ownership’s wrath.
The New York Giants now get a chance to push the reset button. It allows them to focus on re-loading the team for the 2018 season. With the removing of Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the Giants now have a month head start in that process. A much-needed head start.