McAdoo is out in the Meadowlands—who's the next man up?

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 01:53:56 AM. McAdoo is out. Who will take over?

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was fired Monday after less than two seasons on the job, according to multiple reports. The team also let go longtime general manager Jerry Reese.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will step in as interim head coach while assistant general manager Kevin Abrams will take over as GM, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. 

Spagnuolo already had a stint as an NFL head coach. It didn't go well. In three seasons leading the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011, the team went just 10-38. He was fired in 2011 after the team went 2-14. 

The Giants have been dismal thus far with a record of 2-10 after going 11-5 last season. It was rumored McAdoo was going to be fired this week, but it was somewhat surprising when owners John Mara and Steve Tisch fired Reese, who has struggled lately but put together the rosters that won Super Bowls in 2007-08 and 2011-12. But the team had already done what was nearly unthinkable by benching quarterback Eli Manning, who had started 210 straight games and lifted the Lombardi Trophy twice.

When asked last week whether McAdoo would have his job for the rest of the season, co-owner Mara had offered no assurances. "There's no guarantees in life," he said, according to the New York Daily News.

While it's possible Spagnuolo could earn the full time role after serving as an interim head coach, it's probably more like the Giants will move on to someone new in the offseason. Considering the Giants twice beat the Patriots in Super Bowls, it'd be a funny twist if the job went to one of the coordinators in New England, either offense's Josh McDaniels or the defense's Matt Patricia, both of whom were up for jobs last offseason.

The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator Frank Reich has become a hot candidate after the team went out to a hot start and second-year quarterback Carson Wentz has become an MVP candidate. The Minnesota Vikings offensive Pat Shurmur is considered a candidate for a head coach job, as is Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

It's tough to predict exactly where the team will go next, but for now we at least know the McAdoo era is finished. 

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