Published 12:02 p.m. ET December 4, 2017 | Updated at 1:19 p.m. ET December 4, 2017
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – The New York Giants did a rare home-cleaning trainer, Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese on Monday, less than a year later that the team reached the playoffs. For the first time since 2011, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not have an ad. Co-owner John Mara planned to hold a press conference in the afternoon.
The layoffs came a day after the Giants lost in Oakland, with quarterback Eli Manning on the bench and the team falling to 2-10. The layoffs cover a season marked by injuries, highlighted by the loss of wide receiver catcher, Odell Beckham Jr., on October 8.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will badume the role of interim coach for the last four games. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2011.
Deputy GM Kevin Abrams will take over interim from Reese, who became general manager in 2007 and won two Super Bowl wins on his resume. But the Giants missed the playoffs four times in the last five years, and this year their failure to address the offensive line problems played a big part in a horrible season.
The moves came less than a week after the 40-year-old McAdoo made one of his biggest mistakes of his short tenure in office, mishandling the decision against Manning Bank, a two-time Super MVP. Bowl Mara was forced to address the issue the next day and said she wished the decision would have been better.
McAdoo had a record of 13-16, and his firing is the first head coach move of the Giants' middle season since Bill Arnsparger was replaced seven games in the 1976 season by John McVay.
The 2-10 record is the Giants' worst record of 12 games since they were 2-10 in 1976, and their worst since the advent of the 16 calendar games in 1978.
A team that traces its From the origins of the NFL until 1925, the Giants have been an organization that for decades rarely shakes things up until after the season. Coaches are fired, but it's the end of a bad race and they usually have an extra season to fix things.
The job of the general manager has been orderly succession. The late George Young changed the team in the 1980s and was replaced by Ernie Accorsi, who eventually gave way to Reese, who joined the team as an explorer and worked his way up to be the personnel director of players before obtaining the position of General Manager.
Entering this season, no one could have expected the Giants to replace a coach before it was over. They came with Super Bowl expectations coming off a record of 11-6 in the first season of McAdoo.
Those expectations ended quickly. The Giants lost their first five games, the last three after the defense could not maintain the advantages of the last quarter.
With the losses, the word began to spread that McAdoo was losing the team. His suspensions from a game of popular cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins added to the problem. According to several reports, some players also complained anonymously of having training on Saturdays, something that the team also did last season.
Mara and her co-owner Steve Tisch had come to McAdoo's defense after a shameful loss to the then 49ers on November 12, saying their job was safe until the end of the season. His handling of Manning's banking seemed to seal his destiny.
The Giants hired McAdoo away from Green Bay in 2014 to serve as Tom Coughlin's offensive coordinator. He was elevated to head coach on January 14, 2016, less than two weeks after Coughlin was forced to retire after missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
McAdoo had all the ingredients to succeed. He was young, running an up-tempo offense on the West Coast, had worked well with Manning and seemed to be a coach that players would want. Their practices were filled with music and marked by segments of short intervals.
The first season of McAdoo was exceptional. Led by a revived defense, the team apparently won every game in a season in which most of the players stayed healthy. The only problem was the offense, which had problems to score playing with a poor offensive line, no runner and no receivers apart from Beckham.
Reese's failure to tackle the line in the offseason was a big shake that led to McAdoo's demise.
The line, which lost center Weston Richburg and guard DJ Fluker to the injuries that ended the season and has seen tackle tackle Justin Pugh's time limited by back problems, was not the only problem. The receiving corps was decimated by injuries that left the season to Beckham and Brandon Marshall, who never lived up to the exaggeration of their signing, and man / catcher Dwayne Harris. Sterling Shepard has also been limited by ankle and migraine problems.
Prior to this move, the shorter stay of the Giants head coach in recent years was that of Ray Handley, who was fired after the 1992 season. It lasted two years after replacing Bill Parcells. The only other time the team fired a head coach midseason was in 1930 when LeRoy Andrews was replaced by Benny Friedman and Steve Owen.
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