New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo has to know there is a possibility apathetic Giants fans will stay home Sunday, or sell their tickets to thankful Kansas City Chiefs fans. McAdoo did what he could on Friday to rally the fan base.
“We want your support. Come out, watch a great show, we plan on playing great football on Sunday and getting a win,” he said. “Our players want support, we need to give the fans something to cheer about.”
That will only happen if the 1-8 Giants, currently 11-point underdogs, are committed to giving a full, quality effort. Toward that end, McAdoo said his reaction to his “brutally honest” film session this week has been “positive” from players he has spoken with and that the Giants had practiced well this week.
What Giants’ fans are going to do Sunday is a good question.
Here are a few other takeaways from McAdoo’s Friday remarks.
On Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie since his suspension ...
“We talked about it in the room that we don’t hold grudges. DRC came back from his time off, his suspension, and has responded in a great way, a great manner. He’s been a great example to the players, has been vocal, he’s been playing at a high level with energy and it was great to see.”
On apparent improvement from left tackle Ereck Flowers ...
“First Ereck Flowers question I’ve had in a little while. Ereck is a young player who’s improving tremendously. He’s working at his craft. He seems to be taking a step each week. He still has a ways to go fundamentally, just like everybody else playing in this league, and he’s still a young player, so he has a lot of upside.”
On making rookie tight end Evan Engram a game day captain this week ...
“Evan has come in, he’s done everything that we’ve asked of him so far. He works hard, loves football and it shows.”