Giants fire coach McAdoo, GM Reese
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants fired second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in a housecleaning on Monday morning, less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.
The Giants also fired general manager Jerry Reese, who becomes the first GM known to be let go in-season by the team.
Giants owner John Mara held a news conference Monday afternoon.
"We agreed wholesale changes needed to be made to this organization," Mara said, referring to co-owner Steve Tisch. "It was pointless to wait to make these changes."
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach. Assistant general manager Kevin Abrams has been named interim GM for the rest of the season.
McAdoo is the first Giants head coach to be relieved of his duties in-season since 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was fired.
McAdoo's short era ends with a 13-15 record. Reese's nearly 11-year tenure ends with a 90-82 record, two Super Bowl championships (2007 and 2011).
The firing ends a tumultuous week as the 2-10 Giants are going through one of the worst seasons in franchise history. After Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders, the Giants are tied for the second-worst record in the NFL.
McAdoo made the playoffs in his first season last year after the former offensive coordinator took over for Tom Coughlin. In 2016, the Giants had an 11-5 record and ended a five-year playoff drought.
McAdoo's decision last week to bench Manning led to his firing and may take the heat off of Giants owner John Mara, who reportedly was not happy with how the coach presented the plan to the franchise's two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
Mara said at a news conference that the Giants needed to make "wholesale changes."
Manning, who started 210 straight games for the Giants, fought back tears last Tuesday as he talked about the stunning decision by McAdoo to name Geno Smith the starting quarterback for Sunday's game.
The 36-year-old Manning is expected to return as the starting quarterback after a one-week benching.
The Giants finish with three of their final four games at home -- Dallas on Dec. 10, Philadelphia on Dec. 17 and Washington on Dec. 31. The Giants also play at Arizona on Dec. 24.