Giants Get a Clean Slate, Clean House

Ownership cleaning house gives the team a new start, albeit a start that still has a murky future

The time for change is now for the New York Giants.

The Giants have officially fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, according to numerous reports, including NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Despite being uncharacteristic of the Giants, the move is completely justified, and it gives the organization a fresh start. The Giants have one of the most loyal front offices in all of sports, so the decision to clean house showcases how displeased ownership was with McAdoo and Reese.

It’s hard to blame John Mara and Steve Tisch, either. This season has been one of the most disastrous years in the franchise’s history, and McAdoo and Reese are two of the main catalysts for the tumultuous results. Drastic times call for drastic measures, and ownership made the right call to clean house.

It was Reese who constantly neglected upgrading the offensive line, as well as the linebacker position. Reese took money that could be spent on Andrew Whitworth, and spent it on Brandon Marshall and Rhett Ellison. And it was McAdoo who was unable to make in-game adjustments to help better the team. Both men failed the Giants in a multitude of ways, which is why the general consensus regarding the firings is positive.

Injuries aren’t an excuse for this season either. Most of the injuries occurred during the team’s week five game against the Chargers, when the team was already 0–4.

Despite making the post-season in his first year as a head coach, McAdoo simply had to go. There were no more excuses to make.

McAdoo’s second season was an utter, complete, flat-out embarrassment. He lost control of the locker room, couldn’t effectively game plan around his bad tackles, mishandled Janoris Jenkins’ suspension and absolutely spat in the face of Eli Manning’s legacy. Additionally, McAdoo was a horrendous in-game manager, and refused to give up play-calling duties before it was too late. He called out his quarterback far before his inept offensive tackle, and once responded to a reporter’s question by uttering a now-infamous “uhm.”

He somehow found a way to completely nosedive a talented roster, thanks largely to his lack of offensive creativity, and overall stubbornness.

During McAdoo’s tenure as the head coach, the Giants have scored more than 30 points a total of zero times. That statistic is even more dumbfounding when you consider McAdoo was touted as an “offensive guru.” The stagnant unit was nearly unwatchable at times during the first juncture of the season, with McAdoo’s play-calling more predictable than the sun rising in the morning.

McAdoo bungling Eli Manning’s benching was almost certainly the final nail in his proverbial coffin. McAdoo was the posterchild for the team’s unbelievably terrible season. He will, and should, be remembered as a less-creative Chip Kelly.

For Reese, the firing is more of a long time coming, meaning there’s far more cause for him being relieved of his duties.

Despite hitting home runs on some picks like Odell Beckham Jr., the majority of Reese’s selections have been downright awful. From 2010–2013, two players from Reese’s drafts remain on the current roster (Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Pugh).

The entirety of Reese’s 2012 class is now out of the league. That’s an absolutely unbelievable statistic.

Reese has constantly reached on players, thinking he’s out-drafting other teams.

Names like Ramses Barden, Marvin Austin, Adrien Robinson, Clint Sintim, Rueben Randle and Jayron Hosley are just some of Reese’s many failures. He had two Super Bowl victories to help mask the fact that he was just a poor talent evaluator and team builder. His recent first-round picks, Ereck Flowers and Eli Apple, are just more examples of Reese whiffing on what should be crucial picks.

Reese’s painfully conservative drafting style that involves essentially zero moves in the first-round is now dead and gone. Hopefully the Giants will no longer see teams catapult them in the draft to acquire players the team wanted.

While nobody should ever truly be happy someone is losing their job, cutting ties with McAdoo and Reese is what’s best for the Giants.

Getting rid of both of them gives the team a clean slate, and somewhat removes the stench created by the McAdoo-Reese inflicted 2017 season. It wasn’t a “Giants”-like move to fire both of them, but making “Giants”-like moves has the team sitting ugly at two wins, looking ahead to a top draft pick.

Moving forward, the team is now in a position to completely focus on scouting replacements for the now-vacant head coach and general manager positions. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is the team’s interim head coach, but he’s far from the long term option.

Names like Josh McDaniels, Jim Harbuagh, Nick Saban and myriad coordinators names will be thrown into the rumor mill. For general manager, things may be less clear, though some have speculated ESPN’s Louis Riddick or possibly Dave Gettleman may be in the mix. Time will tell who the team elects to go with, but getting new faces in is a big positive.

But regardless of who the Giants decide to hire to replace the now-departed McAdoo and Reese, the team is currently in a state nobody could’ve foreseen last February.

With the annual slate of college bowl games coming up, and the team searching for a new, young, franchise quarterback, there’s going to be a lot more change on the horizon for Big Blue.

Giants fans should buckle up, because the future is as unpredictable as it’s ever been for this franchise.

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