There were times when Steve Spagnuolo imagined this, of course. Why would not he aspire to be the coach of the New York Giants?
"I will be honest with you, I will not lie, in the past, I had thought about this," said Spagnuolo. Wednesday after finishing his first practice as coach of the Giants.
This is not exactly the way Spagnuolo anticipated that this ascension could go, but here it is, the man in charge after the Monday Massacre that purged the organization of Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. Only then, Spagnuolo becomes the defensive coordinator in a role as interim coach, with four games left in the Giants' lost season to perhaps convince the property that he must remain in the position permanently.
"I am not focused on that at all and I would say this to everyone and I mean this sincerely, I leave it in the hands of God," said Spagnuolo. "I'll be where he wants me to be, and now he wants me to be here for this game and that's how I'll work." And that's the most honest thing I can get. & # 39;
Oh, yes, the games. The Giants face the Cowboys on Sunday at MetLife Stadium and Spagnuolo's first major move is reinstating Eli Manning as the starting quarterback, explaining, he simply told co-owner John Mara, "My instinct at the moment is that Eli he should be the starter. & # 39; & # 39;
When Manning joined the group on Wednesday with the starters, the offensive linemen came before him.
"I am happy that [Spagnuolo] has made that decision. and he has faith in me, we can go win this football game with me as quarterback & # 39; & # 39 ;, said Manning.
Spagnuolo, 57, had a 10-38 mark over a three-year period (2009-2011) as head coach of the Rams. He remains the defensive coordinator and said he will hand over some of those responsibilities to Dave Merritt, the coach of the depths, although there is still no specific plan as to who will make defensive calls this weekend.
has been a whirlwind of a few days, with the highly anticipated shots of McAdoo, with the Giants at 2-10 and returning home to face an angry fan base disgusted with the way the initial 210-pound run ended. Manning games. The team flew home from Oakland, landed in New Jersey early Monday morning and most of the players went directly to sleep. When they woke up, McAdoo and Reese were gone.
"It somehow leaves you speechless," said kicker Brad Wing. "You do not know what to think, you obviously listen to speculations, but once the hammer descends and you know it's real, it's just that, it's real, it's a sad situation, I feel like I participated in it, I feel we should all feel that we are part of it. the departure of coach McAdoo, it's something I do not take lightly, I definitely support him, he's a great man and I wish him the best. "
Players left on Monday, so McAdoo never had a chance to bid farewell in person to them.
"You definitely want to send a text message to a guy and say your last words, but that's between you and him," said Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
In any case, there was a sense of relief running through the Giants' locker room. McAdoo's tenure as head coach lasted only 28 games and, although younger players such as rookie tight end Evan Engram seemed shaken by the shooting, it would not be clever to characterize the environment as pessimistic.
"I'm sorry for coach McAdoo, he's been a great coach for me, a great friend," Manning said. "We had a great relationship, I hope we keep having one.
"I do not think it's his fault, but obviously, right where the team is, the Giants had to make a decision and that's what happens when you're 2-10 & # 39; & # 39 ;.
Spagnuolo said he prayed on Monday morning for no layoffs and admitted feeling as if he had disappointed McAdoo.
"We failed as a team, but part of that failure was me," said Spagnuolo. really hard, it's hard for me to be here in the position I'm in now. "
Spagnuolo added that he sees McAdoo as" a great man, a great coach. "In my opinion, he will be head coach in this league and really good. "
Hope, said Spagnuolo, is "to unite, restore and find a way to win football matches". When I mean restore, you know, restore the giant pride. It's hard to be really proud when you do not win many football matches. "
He said he will," give him every ounce of energy I have out of respect for this organization "