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No excuse for Ben McAdoo not discussing DRC suspension with Giants players

Coach admits he still hasn’t spoken to team about it

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Today is Friday. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie bolted the New York Giants’ practice facility on Tuesday and got suspended. Coach Ben McAdoo told media Friday morning that he still has not addressed the subject with players, and would do so “at the appropriate time.”


Wouldn’t the “appropriate time” have been Tuesday when it happened and before media got into the locker room and started asking questions about something many players apparently didn’t even know about yet?

If not then, wouldn’t the “appropriate time” have at least been on Wednesday when the team made it official that DRC, a veteran presence and popular player with his teammates, would be suspended indefinitely?

For crying out loud, wouldn’t the “appropriate time” have been ANY TIME in the past three days?

Instead, the questions have been allowed to fester inside the Giants locker room.

It’s no wonder, then, that there are reports that players are united in unhappiness with their head coach. It’s no wonder that we are debating things like whether or not the job of head coach is too big for McAdoo.

Art Stapleton is reporting that McAdoo was hoping to keep the initial decision to have DRC inactive vs. the Broncos in-house. That, of course, changed when Rodgers-Cromartie left.

Still, none of the circumstances excuse blind-siding players and not addressing it with them for three days.

That, simply, is an abdication of leadership.