If the Giants' 24-17 loss in Oakland was the final game of the Ben McAdoo era, the embattled coach swears he doesn't know it. He plans to show up for work, bright and early Monday morning.
At least he will, as long as he can still get in the door.
"I'm going to coach this team as long as my key card works," McAdoo said in his postgame press conference at Oakland Coliseum. "I'm going to show up tomorrow morning ready to go tomorrow and get this thing cleaned up and move onto the next one."
Whether he'll actually get the chance remains to be seen. Multiple team sources confirmed that there is at least a chance that Giants ownership will fire McAdoo on Monday morning. Speculation began to swirl when ESPN reported on Sunday morning that McAdoo "could be" fired within 24 hours of the Raiders game, a possibility raised when co-owner John Mara was asked on Thursday if McAdoo was safe until the end of the season and he responded, "There are no guarantees in life."
McAdoo said "a little birdie told me that something was out there" about his job status prior to the game, but the second-year coach insisted the uncertainty wasn't a distraction.
"Maybe for a weak-minded individual it may be a distraction," McAdoo said. "But I had a job to do.
"I'm going to coach this team until I'm told I'm not coaching this team. I'm going to show up tomorrow ready to go to work."
Both Mara and co-owner Steve Tisch declined to take questions from the media either before the game on Sunday or afterward as they headed to the team buses. A team spokesman also declined to comment on McAdoo's status.
Multiple team sources, though, said his status was uncertain at best. As SNY reported, there is a big divide among the Giants' decision-makers about how the benching of quarterback Eli Manning was handled this week and about the direction of the team in general. The resulting chaos has many in the organization believing that Mara has finally lost patience with both McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese.
Mara generally loathes the idea of making in-season changes. But some wondered if a blowout loss in Oakland might be enough to finally push him over the edge. The Giants, of course, weren't blown out. They fought hard in the first start of quarterback Geno Smith, who played generally well except for two ill-timed fumbles.
Was a strong effort by this injury-riddled team enough to buy McAdoo another week? Or will Mara and Tisch decide a change is needed before their next home game -- against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday -- turns ugly?
McAdoo said the owners haven't told him, and he doesn't plan on asking them so he can find out.
"I'm not asking and I haven't heard a thing," he said. "I'm going to keep my head down and keep doing my job until I hear otherwise. … I'm going to do my job. I have a job to do. I'm going to put my head down, do my job, put a good plan together, and put these guys in position to be successful. That's my job."