Giants Clean House, Fire Coach Ben McAdoo

posted by Wendy Wild - 

I guess we saw this coming, but now it's official.  The Giants have fired head coach, Ben McAdoo along with General Manager Jerry Reese.  

Giants fans this weekend were up in arms after quarterback Eli Manning was benched, with Geno Smith starting.  

As Eli oddly looked on from the sidelines, the controversial decision still didn't bring Big Blue any luck and fans predicted that it would be McAdoo's last game coaching.  They were right.  

From PIX 11

NEW YORK — Giants coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese have been fired, the NFL network reported Monday.

Then-offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants look on from the sideline against the Arizona Cardinals during a game at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

The move came less than a week after star quarterback Eli Manning was benched, although an official reason for the firing was not stated.

Steve Spagnuolo will take over as head coach and Kevin Abrams as the new GM, a person with knowledge of team’s moves told NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala.

McAdoo, a second-year head coach, faced criticism after benching two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning, the Associated Press reported last Wednesday.

He reportedly made the decision days prior, and Reese and co-owner John Mara were in agreement.

The decision clearly hurt and annoyed Manning who has been the face of the Giants since they made a bold draft day trade with the-then San Diego Chargers in 2004 to swap first-round picks and get the No. 1 overall selection to the Meadowlands.

Last week, McAdoo refused to say if this was the end of the Manning era.

“I have a lot of confidence in Eli as a player, as a quarterback,” McAdoo said. “But at this point, it’s my responsibility for the organization to make sure we take a look at Geno and at some point take a look at Davis and give them the opportunity to show what they can do.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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