Eight days ago, Ben McAdoo announced that he was hanging Eli Manning for Geno Smith. Six days after that announcement, and hours after the Giants lost to the Raiders to fall to 2-10 at the time, McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired.
McAdoo's original plan was to start with Manning and allow him to keep his streak of 210 consecutive races alive, and then take him to rest for Smith. Manning did not want to be part of that plan, so McAdoo sent him to the bank.
The owner of the Giants, John Mara, had the impression that Manning would play the first half. Needless to say, he was surprised when it did not happen.
"Maybe the time could have been a little different, I wish I could have been here when everything was going down," Mara said one day after Manning was demoted. "What I did not expect, and this was my fault, maybe I was naive." He did not expect Eli to react by telling him to go ahead and start with the others.
"I understand, especially after talking to him [Wednesday]. I fully understand it, but that took me a bit of a surprise and maybe I would have handled it a little differently. "
So this week, after a low point in a season full of disappointments, Mara and her partner owner Steve Tisch sent a letter of apology to the holders of the season (through New York Daily News Pat Leonard).
"Today we made the difficult decision to relieve head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese about their duties, "the letter began. This season has been extremely disappointing for our organization, and we decided that it was the right time to make these changes.
"Steve Spagnuolo, our defensive coordinator and former NFL head coach, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season Kevin Abrams, our assistant general manager for the past 16 years, will assume the duties of general manager As owners of this franchise, our goal is to provide you with the best football quality, and we know that we have not achieved it this season, we will carry out an exhaustive and exhaustive search for a new coach and general manager.
" We know that you and all of our fans have been frustrated this year, and many of you have expressed disappointment and displeasure. His passion for our franchise does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate his continued support as we move forward to provide him with a renewed sense of pride for the Giants. "
It's hard to imagine that a single card will soothe all the concerns of the Fan base. The disgruntled Giants, but maybe it's a start The team has four games on the calendar – the Cowboys and the Eagles at home, the Cardinals and Redskins – and it's inconceivable that they lose them all. in the NFL 2018 Draft, which could be used to find Manning's heir since it seems that Smith will not take on that role soon.
In the short term, Manning is expected to regain the titular position before the confrontation of the Sunday against the Cowboys In the long term, the Giants still need a head coach and a general manager Here are the first favorites