The Giants may be 1-7 on the season, but that hasn't stopped head coach Ben McAdoo from trying to rally his players to finish out the remaining eight games strong.
It hasn't been a good week so far for the Giants as it started with a 51-17 blowout to the Rams on Sunday, and now, two players have come forward saying "McAdoo has lost this team." But that hasn't fazed the second-year coach from attempting to reel his team in.
McAdoo addressed his team and media with a long message beginning with a saying he has used since joining the Giants: "Sound, smart and tough. Committed to discipline and poise." He said he hasn't felt the team living by the mantra at all this season, and he wants to get back to it.
As for specifics with the team, CB Eli Apple said McAdoo wants to get back to just playing football instead of working elaborate schemes. Simple is better McAdoo preached, and the Giants defense, who blew many coverages on Sunday, are going to live by it this week.
"Yeah, that is the thing we're doing this week," Apple told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "We're going to go out there and stick to the basics and just play our football."
McAdoo is also relying on his young players to step up and lead. Those players even include rookies like Evan Engram, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Avery Moss. All of them have stepped up with all the chaos and injuries surrounding the team this season, and if they can help bring positive light each week, McAdoo thinks his team can put together some wins.
"We talked about, you know, you may think I'm a little bit out there, but I believe we have a run in us," McAdoo said. "I believe to the core we have a run in us."
The season hasn't been fun with all the drama on and off the field. But Landon Collins thinks if the team can get back to enjoying every Sunday on the turf, wins will find its way to the team.
"Yeah. Of course," Collins said. "Get this win underneath our belt. Doing the simple things. Playing what we do best, and get back to having fun. If we do that, yeah, we can definitely make that run."
There may be players that view the season as lost, and there may be more that come forward and say McAdoo isn't the right man for the job anymore. But he still has players in his corner like Justin Pugh, who wants to see this team succeed.
"I think he's got confidence in us," Pugh said. "We've shown flashes of doing some really good things, but we've lost and we've turned the ball over at crucial times and had plays that really hurt us. We've got to go out there, and we've got to change those things. We're going to go out there and play hard for him, play hard for each other and try to get this thing turned around."
The Giants will try to right the ship on Sunday when they travel to the West Coast to take on the winless 49ers.