Giants head coach Ben McAdoo could be fired following the team's contest against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
The Giants could get rid of McAdoo as early as Monday. The team officially has no comment on the report.
Co-owner John Mara has defended McAdoo and the rest of the Giants' coaching staff earlier this season, but the recent benching of Eli Manning and how it was handled may have changed his mind. Despite saying he wouldn't be making any in-season firings at the time, this incident may have pushed him over the edge as he alluded to there being no guarantees for his coaching staff moving forward.
"There's no guarantees in life," Mara said earlier this week. "I made a statement on that a couple weeks ago, but there are no guarantees in life."
Mara took responsibility for the benching decision, but said he didn't like the way McAdoo handled the situation. Mara said there was a misunderstanding, but McAdoo said the two were on the same page.
The way McAdoo handled the decision to bench the team's franchise quarterback is the reason why Mara believes his head coach hasn't been great with communication for the past two seasons. Pair that up with the team's awful year full of controversy and bad play on the field, and it may be the last straw for Mara, who usually does this type of business after the season.
Since taking over the head coaching position in 2016, McAdoo has a sub-par record at 13-15, which includes the playoff loss to the Packers last season.
While Ben McAdoo may indeed be fired on Monday or Tuesday, multiple team sources say they're not exactly sure what John Mara plans to do -- and they've been wondering since he spoke to the media on Thursday. He surprisingly refused to guarantee McAdoo would make it through the season after previously issuing a statement saying they wouldn't evaluate anything until the season was over.. Some of this decision may depend on how the Giants perform out in Oakland. With Mara believed to be teetering on the brink of firing his embattled head coach, a blowout loss to the Raiders would likely push him over the edge.
Another factor that could do it: If Geno Smith, who is clearly McAdoo's preferred quarterback, plays terribly in Oakland and the Giants are forced to turn back to Eli Manning. There are some in the organization who feel it would be a humiliating gesture to make Manning mop up a mess left by Smith. But there may be no choice because McAdoo and his coaching staff have not gotten rookie Davis Webb ready to play.
In fact, Webb is expected to be inactive for this game, which makes him ineligible to play.
So, it could play out a number of ways in the next 24-48 hours. Also, making this situation harder to read is a very definitive, and increasingly tense split among those in the front office and ownership groups. The split has been obvious, according to sources, for a while over the direction of the franchise - and to an extent, the continued employment of GM Jerry Reese.
The Manning situation, though, took it to a different emotional level, and a source said there were many intense arguments and debates in the Giants' offices (and over the phones) throughout the week.
Those who think Mara is about to fire McAdoo point out that the owner does not like chaos. He is also deeply concerned about the hit to the image of his once-well-respected franchise. Though he absolutely doesn't believe in making in-season changes to critical positions like head coach and GM, it's possible he's reached his breaking point.
Many others in the organization definitely already have.