Reinstating Eli Manning as starting quarterback wasn’t the only decision interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo made on Tuesday, his first full day on the job after the firing of Ben McAdoo. Spagnuolo has also changed the team’s practice schedule.
The Giants Tuesday sent out a schedule that includes a Friday practice and a day off before the game Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys. That is a traditional schedule for an NFL team. Under McAdoo, and in the last year or two under Tom Coughlin, the Giants had used Friday as a recovery day and practiced on Saturday.
When anonymous players went to the media earlier this season to complain about McAdoo, one of the issues raised was the intensity of those Saturday practices.
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"The reason why it hurts isn't because of their record, it's because of the whole cloud around the organization," Toomer said. "Think of the fact that this was a lot of people's Super Bowl picks, and all of a sudden now, they're 2-10."
"It's just a downer for everybody, and I hope that the Giants can bounce back as quickly as possible."
The new GM and coach cannot be as media-averse as Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo were. This is New York/New Jersey. The general manager of the pro football team cannot hide for 363 of the 365 days a year. Reese talked twice a year. That’s absurd. McAdoo treated press sessions like root-canal appointments without Novocain. By all accounts, Reese is a very good man. McAdoo too. No one complains when you’re winning and you’re awful with the press. Reese kept getting a pass because the Giants won Super Bowls in his first and fifth seasons as GM. But this is year 11. You can make whatever rules you want, but you’re 2-10, your team is getting killed all over town, and your coach looks like some rube incapable of explaining why he’s benching the quarterback. Still Reese was invisible. The GM can’t be hiding like this with the building on fire.
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