The New York Giants finally did what everyone was expecting them to do on Monday by firing head coach Ben McAdoo.
Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz took McAdoo to task for the job he did with the team while calling his firing ‘long overdue’.
“I think it was long overdue,” Cruz said during an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football (h/t NFL.com).
“I think it was a couple of weeks already too late. Once you see guys in that locker room start to give these anonymous reports about how he’s handling them and practice on (Saturday), that’s how you know he’s completely lost the locker room and completely lost the players.”
Cruz was especially critical of how McAdoo handled quarterback Eli Manning, particularly his decision to bench the franchise signal caller.
“Benching Eli was probably one of the most disrespectful things I’ve seen in a very long time,” Cruz said. “I think what he’s done for that organization, what he’s done for the city of New York. Especially this season where essentially you have nothing to play for, and you’re going to bench a guy that’s been your most consistent piece in 13, 14 years in that organization to assess your talent in the last four games of the season? I didn’t understand that.
Especially a guy like Eli, you want him to go out and finish the year strong, finish the year how he wants. He’s earned the right to finish the year how he wants to finish the year. Not being benched. And then don’t slap him in the face and say, ‘Hey, we’ll start you for a half just to keep the keep the streak alive.’ That’s not Eli’s swagger, that’s not how he is. He wants to be out there, and he wants to perform and win.”
Cruz also pointed out how the incidents that riddled the Giants’ 2017 season would not have been allowed under former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
“No shot,” Cruz said. “I think Coughlin had such a command. You had such a respect for him that you never wanted to let him down, you never wanted to disrespect him, you never wanted to just walk away when he’s speaking to you.
He had such a command over his players, and we loved him.
Obviously, he was stern, and he wanted it his way, and things like that, but you knew what came with that.
And you knew the level of respect that you had for coach Coughlin because of those things that he brought to the table.”
Giants Not Activating Jonathan Stewart
The New York Giants decided not to activate veteran running back Jonathan Stewart prior to the deadline to do so on Thursday.
Stewart, who landed on the IR due to a foot injury back in September, will now be unavailable for the rest of the season, per league rules regarding the injured reserve list.
While Stewart, 32, was brought in via a two-year deal, it is unlikely that the Giants bring him back in 2019.
Giants Placing Landon Collins on IR
The Giants are leaving the door open for Collins to return this season, but with the Giants struggling and Collins scheduled to hit free agency in March, it doesn’t seem to make much sense for Collins to rush his way back to the field in 2018.
Collins has collected 67 tackles, four passes defensed, and a forced fumble for the Giants this season.
Giants to Activate RJ McIntosh
The New York Giants have activated defensive end R.J. McIntosh from the non-football injury list and he will provide some much needed depth along the Giants defensive line, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
McIntosh first landed on the non-football injury list back in September when New York was hoping to be in contention for a NFC playoff spot, but with the team tanking and recently trading a number of players, McIntosh will likely get some playing time so he can show the team what he is capable of.
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