Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Is McAdoo Coaching to Keep His Job?

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Is McAdoo Coaching to Keep His Job?

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EAST RUTHERFORD - The Giants returned from their bye week Monday and yes, unfortunately, they came back with their 1-6 record unchanged.

This is their NFL reality heading into the final nine games of the 2017 campaign, a season that once held so much promise, only to swiftly and unexpectedly turn into one that is seemingly headed nowhere fast, especially when the playoffs are concerned.

So the one question that had to be asked of Giants coach Ben McAdoo upon the team's return to its training facility was direct, and it came nearly four minutes into his post-practice news conference.

Now 24 games into his tenure as the man in charge, does McAdoo feel as if he is coaching the rest of this season for his job?

"Each and every day in this business, you have to prove yourself," McAdoo said. "When I come in, I come to work, I'm blessed to be here. It's a great opportunity. I don't think that way. I'm doing everything I can to help these players put a winning product on the field on Sunday."

The Giants began preparing for the 5-2 Los Angeles Rams, who visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and McAdoo said he kept his message to the team simple: own the humbling first half, but it's time to move past it and focus on the rest of the season.

The Giants have lost their first three home games for the first time since 1980 (not including the 1982 and 1987 strike-altered seasons), and the schedule is only going to get more difficult.

It's one thing for co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to stomach sloppy football and inept offensive play.

But spend the next five home games between now and the New Year's Eve finale against the Redskins watching fans of other teams flood MetLife — surrounded by more empty seats, of course — and it's hard to believe Mara and Tisch will be doing cartwheels.

The Giants have no one but themselves to blame, and they'll spend far longer than their bye week to figure out how they fell out of contention this fast. …

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