New York Giants fire Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese following loss to Raiders, Eli Manning benching

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 06:25:41 AM. One week after quarterback Eli Manning was benched for the first time in his NFL career, the New York Giants sacked head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, per

One week after quarterback Eli Manning was benched for the first time in his NFL career, the New York Giants sacked head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, per multiple reports on Monday.

The team has fired McAdoo and Reese with four games remaining in the season. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach, with Kevin Abrams serving as the interim GM, according to NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Things fell apart for the Giants, who lost their first five games and have fallen to 2-10 a year after making the playoffs in McAdoo’s first season. McAdoo’s overall record in two partial seasons, after taking over for Tom Coughlin, was 13-15.

Jerry Reese, who got his start with the organization as a college scout in 1994, had spent the past 10 seasons as the general manager, a span during which the Giants have struggled to draft consistently well.

Reese rebuilt the Giants 'D' on the fly last year via one of the 2016 offseason's most lavish free-agent shopping sprees, guaranteeing more than $100 million to Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins. But it amounted to applying a Band-Aid on the NFL's worst scoring 'D' the year prior in large part because of a lack of homegrown talent. Reese neglecting his offensive line and running game this offseason — two areas that have hamstrung the offense — also contributed greatly to his eventual demise.

Manning, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, was sat down last week for the first time in more than a dozen years, ending his consecutive-games streak at 210. That had been the most currently in the NFL. Giants owner John Mara, who has a close relationship with and a fondness for Manning, reportedly disliked how McAdoo handled the QB change.

The Giants turned to Geno Smith, not third-round pick Davis Webb, on Sunday against the Raiders. Smith completed 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown, but he lost a pair of fumbles in the 24-17 defeat.

There has been tension rippling through the organization all through the season, even with brief highlights in beating the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Although Manning was a good soldier and took blame for the offense’s struggles, barely averaging 15 points per game, others were more outwardly against their former coach.

McAdoo suspended cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, and a third corner, Eli Apple, was benched after what was seen as his lack of commitment. The Giants have lost six games by two scores or more, suffered their largest home defeat since 1964 (51-17 to the Los Angeles Rams) and haven’t scored more than 24 points in more than a year.

More than that, however, the communication issues with McAdoo have been troublesome. After Manning’s benching, Mara was asked about McAdoo’s status for the remainder of the year. To that point, as recently as a few weeks prior, the team had issued mostly positive support. But sitting Manning — and the manner in which it was done — changed everything.

"There are no guarantees in life," Mara said. The non-statement, it turned out, spoke volumes.

There's an irony in all of this rubble, as Coughlin and Manning also had a strong relationship, but it was Manning who strongly endorsed McAdoo as head coach in early 2016. Just this past week, Coughlin said he felt for Manning after the way the situation was so poorly handed. It's possible that the Jacksonville Jaguars, where Coughlin is a front-office executive, could be a destination for Manning next season.

The Giants head-coaching job remains an attractive one, despite the massive setback this season — and the uncertain status of Manning. It’s believed that this is the beginning of the end for Manning, who could be traded or released in the offseason following his 36th birthday.

The lack of a known quantity at quarterback might be viewed as a detriment, but the Giants could be picking in the top five in the 2018 NFL draft, which could land them a top prospect at the position. The team already has done extensive work on players such as USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen, although it’s not known who will be running the draft following Reese's dismissal.

The past few years have been more tumultuous than usual for the Mara- and Steve Tisch-run Giants, who have preached patience and restraint. Some of that is borne out in the fact that McAdoo is the first Giants head coach to be fired in-season since 1976 (Bill Arnsparger, following an 0-7 start) and with the fact that the Giants have had only four full-time head coaches since Bill Parcells left.

But Coughlin’s ugly exit and McAdoo’s unceremonious fall the past few years might make some of the stronger, choosier head-coaching candidates a little leery of the atmosphere. Expect the Giants to put out feelers over the coming weeks for candidates, and their reaction to the status of the front office also could lead to Mara opting to make more big changes.

If the Giants want to lure a big-name head coach, such as New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or two college stars the team long has eyed — Michigan's Jim Harbaugh or Stanford's David Shaw — it almost certainly would lead to more structural moves.

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