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.