Two Giants player anonymously ripped head coach Ben McAdoo, with one saying he's lost the team and another saying that the players don't care anymore.
"McAdoo has lost this team," one anonymous player told Josina Anderson of ESPN. "He's got us going 80 percent on Saturdays before we get on a plane to play a game, it's wild. Changed our off day. He's dishing out fines like crazy. Suspended two of our stars when we need them the most. Throws us under the bus all the time. He's ran us into the ground and people wonder why we've been getting got."
"Guys are giving up on the season and nothing is being done," another anonymous player told Anderson. "Guys just don't care anymore."
Anderson noted that both players provided the quotes unsolicited.
McAdoo has been adamant that he hasn't lost the locker room, and said after Sunday's 51-17 loss to the Rams at MetLife Stadium that he saw no signs that his 1-7 team had quit.
McAdoo suspended CB Janoris Jenkins for last week's game when he returned late after the bye week. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended for one game last month for a violation of team rules, stemming from an argument with McAdoo on the sidelines.
It's always a little dangerous to assume that a disgruntled player or two is a sign that the entire team is unhappy. But the fact that two of those players were unhappy enough to speak to a reporter -- even anonymously -- is yet another sign that Ben McAdoo really is losing control.
If this were an isolated incident it would be one thing. But this comes after McAdoo had to suspend two of his top defensive players for violating team rules. Think about that. Janoris Jenkins had so little respect for McAdoo that he wouldn't even call the team to say he'd be a day late returning from the bye week. And Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had so little respect that he stormed off the field and into the locker room during the game, and a few days later packed up his stuff and stormed out of the Giants' facility.
Granted, that behavior is unacceptable, but if they had any respect for McAdoo they would've handled it differently. Same for the anonymous players - assuming it's not them. And then there was Eli Apple, who didn't get suspended, but got benched for reportedly acting up on the sidelines.
That's three unhappy players. Maybe five. And those are just the ones we know about.
Now, it's just as easy right now to find players who support McAdoo -- or at least support the idea of supporting the coach -- even if they're not entirely sold. But you better believe that if this season continues it's downward spiral from the ugly 51-17 loss to the Rams last week, more players -- anonymously or not -- are going to come out of the woodwork.
The perception will be chaos. The belief will be McAdoo has lost the room, whether that's true with everyone or not. And whatever instinct the Giants owners have at that point to trust their coach and trust the process they used to hire him will be gone. If more players keep acting up, their patience will be lost.
And when that happens, whether the whole thing is his fault or not, McAdoo surely will be gone.