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Ben McAdoo Fired as New York Giants Head Coach

I guess his key card doesn’t work anymore.

The New York Giants have fired Ben McAdoo from his head coaching position with just four games remaining this season. This was his second year with the team. The news was first broken by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

An additional report from writer Aditi Kinkhabwala has also revealed that the Giants are relieving general manager Jerry Reese of his duties as well, with the organization moving toward a full revamp in the front office. Reese had been with the Giants since 1994, being hired as GM in 2007. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and assistant GM Kevin Abrams will serve as the interim coach and GM respectively for the remainder of 2017.

Both McAdoo and Reese took a large amount of criticism for the way they handled Eli Manning‘s benching that began during yesterday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. The Giants actually played competitively against the Raiders, but a tenth loss seems to have been the final straw.

McAdoo’s tenure with the Giants began in 2014 where he was hired to their offensive coordinator position under former head coach Tom Coughlin. The offense went from among the worst in the league to 6th overall by 2015. When Coughlin resigned after being forced to step down by management, McAdoo was promoted to head coach.

His first season went better than expected, with the Giants finishing 11-5 and earning a trip to the playoffs, where they were beaten in the first round by the Green Bay Packers. Still, much was anticipated out of the team heading into 2017; they were predicted by many to be one of the top teams in the NFC.

That has obviously not panned out, with the Giants currently sitting at the bottom of the conference with a 2-10 record. Injuries to elite talent like Odell Beckham haven’t helped, but aside from two upset wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, the team has looked lifeless for the majority of the season.

Manning’s benching could’ve been the signal that the Giants were about to be blown up this offseason, but the ousting of McAdoo and Reese seals that notion. It’ll be interesting to see where they go from here.

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