Well, well. Things got interesting in the New York Giants’ locker room on Thursday as a number of players took issue with whichever players went anonymously to ESPN’s Josina Anderson to complain about coach Ben McAdoo.
Jonathan Casillas called the anonymous quotes cowardly,” and Damon Harrison also dropped “coward” in discussing the anonymous quotes. Landon Collins told the media he knows the quotes came from defensive players. The third-year safety went so far as he to say he wanted the player to “come forward and be a man.”
Here, via Tweets from reporters in the room on Thursday, is some of what was said.
Giants S Landon Collins said he knows the two anonymous Giants were defensive players. He doesn’t know who, “But we’ll figure it out.”— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 9, 2017
Landon Collins is "curious" about who bashed McAdoo anonymously. Collins knows it came from the defensive side of the ball. "We just want him to come forward and be a man."— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) November 9, 2017
Collins confirms "anonymous"came from the defensive locker room. They have "pinpointed" where it came from and hopes party will step forward. If not, they'll "leave it behind closed doors"-GM— The Giant Insider (@GiantInsider) November 9, 2017
Giants DT Damon Harrison echoed this: “Whoever said it is a coward, flat-out.” https://t.co/0yhh3WdVCr— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 9, 2017
Casillas called the anonymous players “cowardly”. https://t.co/IEA0U0NZ5W— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 9, 2017
“Everybody who is out there on the field with me, the other 10 guys, they have to be all in. If one of those guys in this locker room ain’t all in, then I don’t want to play with him." - Jonathan Casillas— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 9, 2017
Snacks says "anonymous" should've talked to McAdoo, citing coach's open door invitation-GM— The Giant Insider (@GiantInsider) November 9, 2017
DRC spoke out against the "anonymous" report and reiterated his support for McAdoo. Said he doesn't like it because "it takes away from the football"-GM— The Giant Insider (@GiantInsider) November 9, 2017
“Put your name on your work, man. If you’re gonna say something, don’t be scared. If you want to say something, don’t go behind closed doors. Put your name on your work." - Justin Pugh— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 9, 2017
Ben McAdoo on anonymous quotes: “I’m not doubting it, I’m just saying I don’t know who it’s coming from. If I know who it’s coming from I can address it."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) November 9, 2017
The players have done the right thing here. It made a fun story for the media that sold newspapers and added page views, but going to the media anonymously instead of going to the coach with your complaints is never the right thing to do.
Whether this helps the Giants on the field, or helps McAdoo keep a job that seems to be slipping away from him, who knows. It was, though, a good day for the leaders in the Giants’ locker room.