Giants ownership has stuck up for head coach Ben McAdoo all season, and it continued with their official statement reiterating they will not make any in-season changes with their staff.
So, now that McAdoo knows he will be the coach for the last seven games of the season, his focus is entirely on getting the Giants out of their rut in any way he can. During his weekly conference call with reporters, McAdoo says only time will tell if Giants ownership having his back will help get his team some wins.
"I don't know. Only time will tell," McAdoo said. "We'll have to see how everybody responds, but again, my focus is as it always is. It's on the week of preparation and trying to put a good plan together and help these coaches and players in any way I can putting a good product on the field and finding a way to get better."
The current product on the field has shown a lack of desire to play, and it has become a priority for McAdoo and his staff. They will be taking a careful look at game tape from Sunday's loss to see who has been lacking effort.
"That's something that we're taking a look at," he said. "We have a 46-man roster on game day and the players who are going to go out and do it the way we ask them to do it and do it on a consistent basis, they're going to get a chance to play."
The main culprit on the 46-man roster Sunday was CB Janoris Jenkins, who had his worst game with the Giants since joining the team last season. He was burned by speedy 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin for an 83-yard touchdown, and failed to get TE Garrett Celek to the ground after a bad attempt at a tackle.
After the game, Jenkins walked past reporters and left the building as he didn't want to talk about his performance. McAdoo somewhat defended Jenkins on Monday saying the Goodwin touchdown is a tough play to make, but his effort against Celek needs to change.
"Like I said, there were some players in the ballgame who need to show a consistent desire to finish better," McAdoo said. "I think the post ball in the game on third down is a tough play and a tough spot for him to be in against a player who has tremendous speed. And they're going to make some plays on you...There were some opportunities on some balls on the perimeter where his desire to finish consistently needs to show up and we need to get the guys on the ground. We need to tackle better as a defensive unit and he was a part of it."
Jenkins wasn't the only man responsible for the defensive lapse in the 31-21 loss. On the Celek touchdown, LB Jonathan Casillas was in coverage and failed to keep up as Celek made an easy catch-and-run. Casillas admitted he was simply gassed during the play.
The defense has been the exact opposite as its dominant self last season, and though McAdoo is disappointed in the unit, he is still determined to figure out how to bring them back to their championship-calibur status a year ago.
"Like I said earlier, I'm disappointed, but I'm determined to find a way to get it fixed. That's where my focus is. No one expected our record to be what it is at this point and us to be playing the type of football that we're playing at this point. But we are, and we are what our record says we are, and the film reflects it. We need to find a way to improve."
It doesn't get any worse than handing a winless team their first victory of the season. The Giants' motivation to play has reached rock bottom, and McAdoo knows it is up to him to get their passion back onto the field.
"Motivation does fall in my job description," he said. "If a player isn't motivated, then I need to find a way to get him to play."
McAdoo will need the team's best on Sunday when the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs travel to East Rutherford.