Giants say McA­doo stay­ing un­til sea­son’s end

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Canavan

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. » Ben McA­doo is stay­ing as coach of the New York Giants, at least un­til the end of the sea­son.

Giants co-own­ers John Mara and Steve Tisch is­sued a state­ment Mon­day say­ing while they are frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed with the Giants’ 1-8 record, they won’t eval­u­ate the team and make any moves un­til the end of the sea­son.

McA­doo’s fu­ture has been a ma­jor topic the past two weeks in the wake of a 34-point home loss to the Los An­ge­les Rams a lit­tle more than a week ago, then an em­bar­rass­ing loss to a San Fran­cisco 49ers team that was win­less un­til Sun­day.

The own­ers said the 40-year-old McA­doo, who led their Giants to their first play­off berth since 2011 in his first sea­son last year, has their sup­port. The Giants have not fired a coach in the mid­dle of the sea­son since 1976.

“We are in the midst of an ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing sea­son,” the own­ers said in the state­ment. “Our per­for­mance this year, par­tic­u­larly the past two weeks, is in­ex­cus­able and frus­trat­ing. While we ap­pre­ci­ate that our fans are un­happy with what has oc­curred, no­body is more up­set than we are.

“Our plan is to do what we have al­ways done, which is to not of­fer a run­ning com­men­tary on the sea­son,” the state­ment con­tin­ued. “It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­ter­mine the rea­sons for our poor per­for­mance and at the end of the year, we will eval­u­ate the 2017 sea­son in its en­tirety and make a de­ter­mi­na­tion on how we move for­ward.”

McA­doo was not sure how things would change with the own­ers’ state­ment, a move seem­ingly made to calm things and stop weekly spec­u­la­tion.

“We’ll have to see how ev­ery­body re­sponds,” McA­doo said late Mon­day af­ter­noon. “Again, my fo­cus is as it al­ways is, on the week of prepa­ra­tion, to try to put a good plan to­gether, help these coaches and play­ers any way I can putting a good prod­uct on the field, and find­ing a way to get bet­ter.”

The Giants have not done that much this sea­son, and the prod­uct had been very ugly the past two weeks. The sta­dium was more than half empty in the sec­ond half of the 51-17 loss to the Rams, and Sun­day’s loss had to be rock bot­tom.

“I am dis­ap­pointed, but I am de­ter­mined to find a way to get it fixed,” McA­doo said “That’s where my fo­cus is. No one ex­pected our record to be what it is at this point, or us to be play­ing the type of foot­ball we are play-

ing at this point. But we are, and we are what our record says we are, and the film re­flects it. We need to find a way to im­prove.”

The sit­u­a­tion got even tougher for McA­doo last week when two anony­mous play­ers were quoted by ESPN as say­ing he had lost the team, some play­ers had quit, and that play­ers were an­gry about an in­or­di­nate amount of fines.

The coach also caught some flak for sus­pend­ing cor­ner­backs Janoris Jenk­ins and Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie in the last month for vi­o­la­tions of team rules. They are both pop­u­lar with team­mates.

McA­doo re­placed Tom Cough­lin as head coach last year and led the Giants to an 11-5 record in 2016. They were blown out by the Green Bay Pack­ers in the wild-card game.

Much was ex­pected this sea­son with a good de­fense al­most en­tirely re­turn­ing and the of­fense bol­stered by the sign­ing of free agent re­ceiver Bran­don Marshall and the ad­di­tion of tight end Evan En­gram, the firstround draft pick.

Gen­eral man­ager Jerry Reese made a cal­cu­lated risk to keep a weak of­fen­sive line to­gether in hopes that the block­ers would blos­som.

Al­most ev­ery­thing went wrong.

Marshall was a bust, then he and of­fen­sive cat­a­lyst Odell Beck­ham Jr. suf­fered sea­son-end­ing an­kle in­juries against the Charg­ers on Oct. 8 in the team’s fifth straight loss.

The line has been hor­ri­ble and banged-up for most of the sea­son.

While the de­fense has played well at times, it has failed to hold fourth-quar­ter leads early in the sea­son and given up way too many big plays lately.

NOTES: DT Da­mon Harrison sus­tained an an­kle in­jury Sun­day and is prob­a­bly go­ing to be lim­ited in prac­tice this week . ... OT Justin Pugh ag­gra­vated a back in­jury and is go­ing to have to sit a bit, McA­doo said.

MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

New York Giants head coach Ben McA­doo speaks at a news con­fer­ence af­ter an NFL foot­ball game against the San Fran­cisco 49ers in Santa Clara Sun­day.

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