By BRENT AXE
Syracuse Media Group
It's really a matter of when the New York Giants fire Ben McAdoo as head coach at this point, not if.
Do it now or at the end of the 2017 season, that is the question.
A disappointing season in New York may have hit a new low as the Giants were thoroughly beaten 31-21 on Sunday by a San Francisco 49ers team that was winless and hadn't even held a lead at any point in a game the previous five weeks.
If McAdoo faced questions about his job security heading into the week, just imagine what it will be like following a loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers.
"That doesn't have anything to do with anything," McAdoo said of his job security. "We have to find a way to win a game. We have to address what happened out here on the field today, take a look at the tape and be honest with each other."
"It's definitely shocking to lose to that team that we just lost to," Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh, a Syracuse University alum, said. "I thought we were going to win today for sure. Losing to an 0-9 team â€¦ it can't get much worse than that."
If New York pulls the trigger on firing McAdoo during the season it would represent a break from protocol.
The Giants have not fired a coach during the season since 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was let go after a 0-7 start and replaced by John McVay, who had more success as an executive who helped build the 49ers dynasty in the 1980s.
"We're not a good team right now," linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. "Not a good team right now. Hopefully we can go ahead and turn around to be competitive and compete. It's sad that I'm sitting here talking about us competing in games instead of talking about winning but that's the truth."
McAdoo has been under fire after a report this past week from ESPN that quoted an anonymous player as saying the players have given up on the season and don't view McAdoo as a leader.
The relentless New York media is pounding the "Fire McAdoo" message.
Pat Leonard writes in the New York Daily News that the Giants should fire McAdoo now.
"Ben McAdoo's job security is fake news.
The Giants leaked last Thursday that they wouldn't make in-season changes to their coaching or management staffs to quell the chaos created by anonymous players claiming McAdoo had lost the team and players were giving up.
But Sunday's 31-21 loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium changes that.
It has to."
Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post writes the Giants should have left their head coach in San Francisco following the embarrassing loss to the 49ers.
"When Giants coach Ben McAdoo got to the bus, he was admitted on board without incident. Same for general manager Jerry Reese, who declined to speak to reporters when asked on his way out of the locker room.
Why is this relevant?
Because, based on the quality of the product McAdoo and Reese oversaw on the field Sunday, you couldn't have blamed Giants ownership if they'd barred their head coach and GM from entering the bus, instead leaving them to cab it to the airport and fly middle-seat coach cabin back to Jersey."
Sports-talk radio in New York City should be a fun listen this week.
"We're in this situation. We're the reason we're in it," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "So we just have to keep working, compete every week and expect to win every week."
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