Fooch’s update: The Giants have also fired general manager Jerry Reese.
Black Monday is still a month away, but we have the first head coach firing of the 2017 season. The New York Giants have fired Ben McAdoo. The now former head coach informed NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport of the news.
The Giants lost to the Oakland Raiders 24-17, marking their fifth loss in six weeks and dropping them to 2-10. Their last two losses came on the road, following an unexpected upset of the Kansas City Chiefs. The week prior to that game, the 49ers thumped the Giants 31-21, which saw McAdoo admit he was outcoached.
The firing is likely less about the 2-10 record, and more about the way he handled the Eli Manning situation. There appear to be mixed signals about what they wanted to do with Manning and his lengthy consecutive games played streak. Eventually Manning told McAdoo to bench him entirely rather than push the streak forward with only a half or a quarter of play.
There’s been talk of disagreement between McAdoo, the front office, and ownership on this, and it is not remotely surprising he was fired. It does have some bearing on the 49ers however. The Giants now hold the No. 2 pick in the draft. The Senior Bowl often has the coaching staffs of the two worst teams coach the game. However, a new coaching staff usually is not asked to coach the game. That would leave the door open for the 49ers coaching staff to head down to Mobile if they remain in their current position.