McA­doo’s lax at­ti­tude helped cre­ate Giant mon­ster that could de­stroy him

Cecil Whig - - NATIONAL SPORTS -

(TNS) — Ben McA­doo has re­gressed into Ben No-Can­doo.

Where is the pro­gres­sion from year one to year two as a head coach? Why does it ap­pear he has lost the team? Will he even be given a chance by John Mara and Steve Tisch to get to year three?

McA­doo has gone from an 11-5 rookie year to a sopho­more slump of 0-5. The Gi­ants are in tur­moil, dis­ar­ray, chaos, etc.

DRC has re­placed OBJ as a huge dis­trac­tion but this sea­son was pretty much DOA as soon the Gi­ants stepped on the field at AT&T Sta­dium against the Cow­boys in the opener and showed no sense of ur­gency.

All the ugly be­hind the scenes stuff makes its way to the sur­face on a los­ing team, es­pe­cially a team like the Gi­ants who thought they were a se­ri­ous Su­per Bowl con­tender. McA­doo has 11 games to prove to Mara and Tisch that he is not in over his head, but the Gi­ants dis­ci­pline problems go back to the fi­nal days of Tom Cough­lin’s regime.

Cough­lin, who thought he was as tough as his hero Vince Lom­bardi, set the blue­print for the cur­rent Gi­ants dys­func­tion that is on the verge of blow­ing up the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Re­mem­ber when Cough- lin was named the Gi­ants coach in 2004 and he soon fined fu­ture Hall of Famer Michael Stra­han $1,000 for be­ing early to a team meet- ing, but not the re­quired five min­utes early?

Then in a De­cem­ber game in Cough­lin’s fi­nal sea­son with the Gi­ants in 2015, he didn’t sit Odell Beck­ham Jr. down for even one play dur­ing his street brawl against Josh Nor­man that hu­mil­i­ated the or­ga­ni­za­tion and re­sulted in OBJ be­ing as­sessed three per­sonal foul penal­ties. The league sus­pended him for the next game.

Cough­lin be­came indig­nant af­ter the Beck­hamNor­man game when I asked him why he didn’t bench him. “You want me to take him out of the game?” Cough­lin said with a large de­gree of dis­gust. Uh, yes. The Cough­lin of 2004 would have fired the Cough­lin of 2015 on the spot.

Cough­lin was des­per­ately fight­ing to hold onto his job in a sea­son the Gi­ants would once again fin­ish 6-10. Dis­ci­pline be damned. Teach­ing Beck­ham a les­son that even play­ers with once-in-al­ife­time skills are not big­ger than the team didn’t cross his mind.

Rid­ing shot­gun with Cough­lin in his fi­nal two sea­sons was McA­doo, who is now too busy with his head in his over­sized play call sheet to re­al­ize that be­ing the head coach re­quires more than call­ing the of- fen­sive plays, which, by the way, he’s done a ter­ri­ble job with for most of his 21 games af­ter show­ing such prom­ise work­ing with Eli Man­ning in his two years as co­or­di­na­tor. Fact: It’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict if a suc­cess­ful co­or­di­na­tor will be­come a suc­cess­ful head coach.

The dis­ci­pline is­sue boiled over with Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie hav­ing a prob­lem with McA­doo dur­ing Sun­day’s loss to the Charg­ers, leav­ing the field at one point, and it car­ried over into Tues­day when McA­doo told him he would be in­ac­tive for Sun­day night’s game in Den­ver. It cul­mi­nated in DRC show­ing up Wed­nes­day and then leav­ing the fa­cil­ity and at some point get­ting sus­pended. He is sup­posed to re­turn Thurs­day.

If McA­doo re­ally wants to make a state­ment in this wasted sea­son, he will tell DRC he will come back when he tells him he can come back.

What about the per­cep­tion that McA­doo has lost the locker room?

See GI­ANTS Page B7


New York Gi­ants cor­ner­back Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie (41) runs for touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter a fum­ble by the Dal­las Cow­boys’ Cole Beasley on Sun­day, Sept. 13, 2015, at AT&T Sta­dium in Dal­las.

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