After losing to the previously winless 49ers on Sunday, the Giants need to take a good, long look in the mirror according to RT Justin Pugh.
It was an embarrassing loss for the Giants as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season. It hasn't been good for the Giants all season long, and after this loss in particular, Pugh knows that performance from here on out will determine if a player has a job next season.
"Everybody's gotta do their jobs better or we'll be looking for new jobs," Pugh told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "I mean, you lost to an 0-9 team. We're 1-8, so I guess you could say we're on the same level. But we're different. They're rebuilding. We're a different team. We should have won today. So we need to take a hard look in the mirror and figure it out because in this business, games like this, seasons like this do not help your job security."
Head coach Ben McAdoo is the man who should be most worried about his job security as if it wasn't in question already before the loss, it certainly is now. But McAdoo isn't focused on his job "situation" as he is already looking forward to next week.
"What situation," McAdoo said. "We have to go correct the tape, alright, and get ready for our next ballgame. We have a chance to play probably one of the best teams in football next week (in the Kansas City Chiefs). There's no situation."
There may be no situation to McAdoo, but it is apparent to LB Jonathan Casillas: This is a bad football team, and it doesn't look promising in the near future with contenders like the Chiefs, Raiders, and divisional foes on the schedule.
"We're not a good team right now, and hopefully we can go ahead and turn it around to be competitive and compete," Casillas said. "It's sad that I'm sitting here talking about us competing in games instead of talking about winning, but that's the truth. We've got to be able to compete, hang around til the end and pull out a victory at the end. It ain't no domination on the Giants' side. That ain't gonna happen."
The Niners managed to muster 474 total yards of offense, which is over 100 yards more than they average a game (309.4). It was a new rock bottom for the Giants, and McAdoo simply said he was out-coached.
"Tough ballgame for me to take," McAdoo said. "They outplayed us today, they out-coached me today."
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If this game -- this horrific and utterly demoralizing game -- isn't enough for John Mara to make the call down to McAdoo to pack up his laminated call sheets and hair gel and find a new job, then I don't know what will be.
How could the Giants possibly lose to one of the worst teams in the league? It's easy. They do not have any heart, confidence, drive, or whatever else you want to call it. The season is done, the players looked drained throughout the game, and everything points to McAdoo. He sat on the sideline, hiding behind his sunglasses as he watched his team run around like zombies.
Pugh said it perfectly. The 49ers are a rebuilding team with a rookie head coach and new GM. The Giants are different. They were a playoff team last season with the expectation that they would go even further. Now, they all sit around the dumpster fire this team has become.
Change is coming to the Giants, and it needs to start with firing McAdoo who has, no question, lost this team. The moment that sent me over the edge was McAdoo clapping in "encouragement" after Aldrick Rosas shanked a 34-yard field goal. Tom Coughlin would've thrown his sheets on the field in typical Coughlin fashion if that happened because he knows this team should convert on that.
Giants fans need that passion and fire back in their team, and it starts with the coach. John, I know you said you wouldn't make any in-season changes, but you saw first-hand what this team has become. Make the call...