With a storm of chaos and losses swirling around their franchise, the Giants owners made it clear on Monday that Ben McAdoo is still their head coach and almost certainly will be for the rest of this miserable season.
But their statement of "support" of the embattled McAdoo clearly only lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.
That's the day after the end of what Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch admitted in a statement has been "an extremely disappointing" season so far. Their Giants are 1-8, coming off back-to-back "inexcusable and frustrating" losses, including the disaster in San Francisco on Sunday where the previously winless 49ers beat them 31-21.
Still, despite the losses and player discipline issues and even anonymous players publicly ripping the coaching staff, Mara and Tisch said they'll reserve judgement on everything until after the season is over.
In other words, for everyone on the McAdoo Watch: Stand down.
"Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support," their joint statement read. "We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.
"Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward."
The fact that there was no vote of confidence in that statement at all certainly seems telling, especially with the Giants heading to a critical offseason that could bring a major shakeup to the franchise. McAdoo isn't alone on the hot seat, of course. GM Jerry Reese could be in trouble with the Giants headed towards their fourth losing season in the last five years. And franchise quarterback Eli Manning could soon have competition, with the Giants poised to have one of the top picks in the quarterback-rich 2018 NFL Draft.
McAdoo's fate has drawn the most speculation, though, as players have seemingly revolted around him. He has had to bench one player (cornerback Eli Apple) and suspend two others (corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins) and endure at least two players offering critical anonymous quotes to ESPN. It all was made worse with back-to-back losses -- including a 51-17 disaster at home against the Rams two weeks ago -- in which several of his players appeared to quit.
It had gotten so bad that there were was a lot of speculation around the league that the Giants would do something they hadn't done in 41 years -- fire a coach in the middle of the season. The statement from ownership was designed to squash that speculation and hopefully calm a bit of the storm swirling around the team.
That could prove very difficult to do, though, with seven games still remaining -- including four more in what might become a very empty home stadium the rest of the way.