Ben McAdoo isn’t bothered by the backlash.
The Giants coach isn’t worried about the reaction of fans for the next home game despite the team’s 24-17 loss to the Raiders on Sunday as Geno Smith started at quarterback over veteran Eli Manning.
“No, I am not concerned,” Ben McAdoo said, via the New York Post. “Listen, I understand where the fans are coming from. If I was on the outside looking in, I’d feel the same way they feel. You know Eli and I have a tremendous relationship. I think the world of him and it was hard for me emotionally. The beginning of the week, once you make a decision, you have to stick with it and I appreciate the way Eli handled things this week.”
It’s fair to say that McAdoo may not have to worry about the pending reaction because he might be fired before the team’s next game. Reports began to swirl on Sunday that he could be sacked as early as Monday depending on the team’s Week 13 performance. With McAdoo’s job on the line, Smith went 21 of 34 for 212 yards and a touchdown but turned the ball over twice on fumbles.
Despite being on borrowed time, McAdoo said he’ll continue to lead the Giants as long as they let him.
“I’m gonna coach this team as long as my key card works,” McAdoo told reporters after Sunday’s game. “I want to show up ready to go (Monday) and get this thing cleaned up. I’m going to coach this team until I’m told I’m not coaching this team. I’m going to show up (Monday) morning ready to go to work.
“I’m not asking (about his future) and I haven’t heard a thing. I’m going to keep my head down and keep doing my job until I hear otherwise.”
The Giants (2-10) are scheduled to host the Cowboys (6-6) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.