As the 1-6 New York Giants gathered after bye week to play out the final nine games of what will be a lost season, coach Ben McAdoo told media on Monday that the Giants had be “humbled” by events of the first seven games.
“We need to flush the first half, we need to move on to the second half,” McAdoo said. “It’s important for us to get better as a football team.”
McAdoo was, of course, asked about GM Jerry Reese saying last week that the Giants “bought into the hype” and didn’t play with the hunger they showed while going 11-5 last season.
“I don’t think you can point to just one thing,” McAdoo said. “Were we a hungry enough football team? You can make a case that we weren’t. That’s just part of it, it’s not just one thing.”
The coach added that he and Reese are “100 percent” on the same page. “We’re tied at the hip.”
McAdoo was asked if he thinks about his job status and responded that “each and every day in this business you have to prove yourself … I don’t think that way.”
The coach added that the Giants evaluated both personnel and scheme during the bye week.
“There will be some subtle changes, but our players are our players,” McAdoo said. “We have to put them in a position to be successful on Sunday.”
Olivier Vernon (ankle), Weston Richburg (concussion) and Justin Pugh (back) did not practice on Monday. Paul Perkins, Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple were all excused for personal reasons.