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Giants fire head coach McAdoo, GM Reese

NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala tweeted that Steve Spagnuolo will serve as the interim head coach, while assistant GM Kevin Abrams will fill the role as interim general manager.


Kahron Spearman


The New York Giants have fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday morning. The team fell to 2-10 following Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders (6-6).

McAdoo informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and ESPN's Chris Mortenson of the decision.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com reported Reese's firing, which has been also confirmed by Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Kinkhabwala tweeted about "irony" of the moves considering, as she reports, that McAdoo was not Reese's first or second choice as head coach.

It suggests ownership had made the McAdoo selection on their own, and are now at least partly tossing Reese under the Greyhound for their own choice.

I've said for a few weeks now and I believe it even more now. The record wasn't going to get McAdoo and Reese fired, it was embarrassing the franchise. And the backlash from the Eli benching, from valued ex-Giants and the media, was enough for ownership.

Geoff Schwartz
Former Giants lineman and podcast host

One of the more underrated viewpoints is that of Geoff Schwartz, a former lineman with Giants when McAdoo was the offensive coordinator, in a tweet.

However, digging deeper, its hard to see how McAdoo alone, even with Reese's help, could've accomplished the debacle alone. The owner ultimately maintains say-so and responsibility for all team's decisions and the subsequent reactions.

McAdoo, more or less, may have gone out of his way to get fired, which could lead to other more pertinent questions, such as whether the Giants used McAdoo as cover to more effectively rid themselves of Manning and start over at the position.

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