Former Giants WR Victor Cruz said Monday's firing of head coach Ben McAdoo -- who was axed along with GM Jerry Reese -- was overdue.
"I think it was long overdue," Cruz said on Good Morning Football. "It was a couple weeks already too late. Once you see guys in that locker-room start to give these anonymous reports about how he handles them… That's when you know he's completely lost the locker-room and completely lost the players."
Cruz also weighed in on the benching of Eli Manning, who is expected to get his job back this Sunday against the Cowboys.
"Benching Eli was probably one of the most disrespectful things I've seen in a very long time," Cruz said. "I think what he's done for that organization and what he's done for the city of New York, especially this season where essentially you have nothing to play for, and you're going to bench a guy that's been your most consistent piece for 13-14 years?
"He's earned the right to finish the year how he wants to finish the year - not being benched. Don't slap him in the face and say 'we'll start you for a half' just to keep the streak alive."
Cruz, 31, was released by the Giants in February after spending six seasons with the team. He would've been owed $7.4 million this season, with a cap hit of $9.5 million.
He had signed with the Bears during the offseason, but was cut during the preseason.
After being released by the Giants, Cruz accused the Giants of intentionally suppressing his production to make it easier for the team to cut him, which McAdoo denied.