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McAdoo spoiled OBJ
2 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2017 - 8:52AM #1
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ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Wednesday on what it seemed we could all see plainly in the Giants’ unsightly loss to the Rams last Sunday: Ben McAdoo is losing his team. She’s right. One source called him a “hall monitor”, and the scene at MetLife on Sunday told the rest of the story. The stands were well under half-full, the weather was dreary, and the players, coming off their bye, packed it in quickly when it became apparent that a Rams team traveling cross-country to play a 10 a.m. body-clock game was coming with the thunder. And all of that was just a symptom of the full-blown sickness that has overcome the program.

I’ve made my point here on Odell Beckham. McAdoo was permissive of him gallivanting off to South Florida during a playoff game week, taking his receiver room with him, and waving it in everyone’s face on social media—before vanishing in the game itself. The coach made excuses for him when he missed the entire offseason program, and flaunted it in the staff’s face on Twitter. And when the fall came, things only got worse. McAdoo took Eli Manning to task for taking a dumb penalty in a Monday night loss to the Lions in September, trying to draw the line and send the message that everyone’s accountable. And six days later, McAdoo said he wished everyone would focus on the plays Beckham was making when he was asked about the dog-peeing celebration, completely undermining the message he was trying to get across post-Detroit.

So it makes sense that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins stepped out of line and got suspended, the same way it did when owner John Mara had to be the one to give Beckham a talking to after the Eagles loss. Those in the building have taken note of all this, of course, and the fact that McAdoo doesn’t have relationships with his players or the ability to command the program has become increasingly obvious as the ship has gone careening into an iceberg. It’s hard to see the Giants, based on their history, firing a coach after just two seasons. But it’s becoming harder to see them going forward with the current leadership in place.

-- SI
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