Guilty as charged. Count me in as someone who believed at the beginning of this season that the New York Football Giants were conceivably a Super Bowl contender. As I wrote here back in early August: If Giants’ Flowers blooms, look out! Well, let’s just say I was McAdoo-ped by the hype. From opening night though, this season has been a disaster. It has been evolving, or should I say devolving, into oblivion one game at a time. Many of us who lived through the Ray Handley years know how bad that two-year stretch was. But, compared to how this season has just simply imploded on Ben McAdoo’s watch, Handley’s reign somehow feels downright Belichick-ian!
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Following Big Blue’s putrid performance on Thanksgiving against the Redskins, their record stands at 2-9. And for those who did not think things could actually get any worse for the team, Tuesday afternoon happened. Yes, that is when Bill Walsh, I mean Ben McAdoo, strode to the cameras and said with a straight face that Geno Smith will be the Giants starting quarterback Sunday in Oakland because he gives the team its best chance to win. Let that beauty marinate for a while. Having somehow held onto his job after the give-up games his teams “played” against the Rams and 49ers, McAdoo has finally identified his main problem… the quarterback.
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Has Eli Manning been good this year? I think even his staunchest supporters would say no. However, has he given an honest days effort each and every game despite playing behind a pathetically porous patchwork O-line, with replacement wide receivers, and no running game? The answer to that is yes. And how is he repaid? By losing a job he has held since November 21, 2004. Just to take you back, My Boo, by Alicia Keys and Usher was the #1 song at that time, and National Treasure was the #1 grossing movie. Quite apropos if you ask me. Eli, who never missed a start or post-game press conference over 13 years, certainly became the fans guy or (boo); and his miraculous play in the biggest moments of the biggest games is/was treasured by Giants fans far and wide! Ever the picture of class when confronted with the brain-trust’s new plan of attack for the remaining five games of the season, Manning said he would do everything he could to help Geno and Davis Webb be their best. Anyone surprised? The 800 pound elephant left in the room though is the consecutive games played streak that he is in the midst of. Well, the second longest streak in NFL HISTORY, at 210 games, will come to an end in favor of Geno Smith. Yikes!
Giants: “We’re starting Geno Smith this weekend.”
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— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) November 28, 2017
So, McAdoo, Jerry Reese, and most disappointing, owner John Mara, who for years have put up with and alibied for a wide receiver who has embarrassed himself and the organization, have sacked their signal caller for his play. Speaking of play, Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins flat out didn’t play in SF, quitting on himself, his coach, his teammates, and Giants fans. Yet McAdoo said and did NOTHING! All we got from the “coach” was: “I’ll have to watch the tape”. Really Ben? As a lifelong Giants fan, this is the saddest part. How John Mara, whose father Wellington built the franchise into one beyond reproach, has been complicit in the clown show that has gone on here the last two years defies credulity.
The bloom is completely off the Giants’ rose. Don’t believe me, just ask Odell Beckham Jr. for his thoughts…
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