Gi­ants to keep McA­doo un­til end of sea­son

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By TOM CANA­VAN As­so­ci­ated Press

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-yearold 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 play­ing 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.

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