The New York Giants cleaned house on Monday, firing coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese in the midst of a 2-10 season.
McAdoo told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in a text message Monday morning that he was out after two seasons on the job. Giants co-owner John Mara confirmed the changes in a news conference Monday afternoon.
Mara and co-owner Steve Tisch met after Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders and again in the morning. They decided they couldn’t wait any longer.
“We agreed that wholesale changes needed to be made in this organization to get us back to the team that we expect to be,” Mara said.
Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be the interim head coach, while assistant GM Kevin Abrams will be the Giants’ interim general manager, Mara announced. A search for Reese’s full-time replacement will begin immediately, and it will be led by former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, Mara said. Abrams and Spagnuolo will be candidates.
Mara said he and Tisch “agreed it was pointless to wait any longer to make these changes.”
“This has been the perfect storm this season,” Mara said. “Everything that could have gone wrong this season has gone wrong.”
The breaking point appears to have been the benching of franchise quarterback Eli Manning. Geno Smith started for the Giants on Sunday, but a source told ESPN on Monday that the team is going back to Manning.
Mara would not confirm that Manning will return as starter on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. He said the decision will be up to Spagnuolo.
He denied that the Manning situation had anything to do a reorganization of the team’s brass.
“Had no effect whatsoever. 2-10 is 2-10,” Mara said. “Public reaction to that was not pleasant but didn’t really have any effect on our decision.”
He later added: “You ought to stop blaming Ben and Jerry on that. If you want to blame anyone on that, blame me. I certainly had the power to overrule it if I wanted to. I chose not to do it.”
The Giants host the Cowboys on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. McAdoo and a quarterback other than Manning would have been met with resistance.
There has been talk about former Giants showing up to the game and standing on the sideline in No. 10 jerseys in a show of solidarity to Manning.
“I was certainly cognizant of what the fan reaction was likely to be over the last four weeks, but that wasn’t the final determining factor,” Mara said. “We had reached the point where we felt, ‘You know what,…