Former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo believes that Ben McAdoo did an 'outstanding' job with the Giants and will get another chance as a head coach in the NFL.
This season, the Giants on-field product was disastrous. With a team that many thought to be championship caliber, the team finished 3-13, earning the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They were 31st in scoring offense and 28th in scoring defense.
"It was a really tough year," Spagnuolo told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM Radio. "I want to say this up front, Ben McAdoo, who was our head coach, in my opinion will be a head coach again. He did an outstanding job. I mean, we just had things kind of snowball the wrong way this year. Sometimes when that ball gets rolling the wrong way it's hard to push it back up and get going in the middle of it."
Off the field, it may have been even worse for the Giants. Three separate defensive backs were suspended at different times of the season, including the entire debacle that was Eli Apple's season. Landon Collins publically called Apple a cancer. On top of that, McAdoo decided to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith in his final act before being fired.
"Look, you live and you learn, right?" Spagnuolo said. "I always think sometimes you get more out of a rough season like that than you do the great ones that we have," he said. "Some bonds are created when you go through adverse situations and we did have that."
Both Spagnuolo and McAdoo are looking for jobs, as the former was replaced by James Bettcher.
Spagnuolo returned to the Giants in 2015 for a second stint as defensive coordinator before leaving this offseason. He held the same position in 2007-08, helping to lead the Giants to an upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He left the following season to become the St. Louis Rams head coach where he compiled a 10-38 record in three seasons.