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 Restructure Kevin Zeitler’s Contract
The new deal will give the Giants cap flexibility as they approach the 2019 NFL Draft armed with two first round draft picks.
Per the new deal, $7.5 million of Zeitler’s $10 million for the 2019 season will be converted into a signing bonus, which will create $5 million in cap space for the Giants in 2019.
Zeitler is signed through 2021 and carries non-guaranteed salaries of $10 million and $12 million, which will be increased by $2.5 million for the restructuring here.
Giants Re-Sign Russell Shepard
The New York Giants have agreed to re-sign wide receiver Russell Shephard, according to an post on Russell’s official Instagram account.
Shepard, 28, collected 10 receptions for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns last season for the Giants.
Giants Re-Sign Cody Latimer
Latimer will have to first make the Giants roster, and it may be a tall task given his lack of production throughout his career thus far.
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