McAdoo will keep coaching Giants as long as 'key card works'
A seven-point loss to the Oakland Raiders may have saved Ben McAdoo's job for now, but the New York Giants coach is still firmly under pressure.
Despite likely being on borrowed time, McAdoo said following Sunday's 24-17 loss in Oakland he will continue to lead the Giants as long as they let him.
"I'm going to coach this team as long as my key card works," McAdoo told reporters. "I want to show up ready to go [Monday] and get this thing cleaned up. I'm going to coach this team until I'm told I'm not coaching this team. I'm going to show up [Monday] morning ready to go to work.
"I'm not asking [about his future] and I haven't heard a thing. I'm going to keep my head down and keep doing my job until I hear otherwise."
The Giants are 2-10 after Sunday's loss to the Raiders, but it is more than just the losing season that has McAdoo's job in question. His controversial decision to bench Eli Manning, ending the quarterback's streak of 210 consecutive starts, was not well-received. While Manning sat, Geno Smith went 21 of 34 for 212 yards and a touchdown, but lost a pair of fumbles. Both fumbles occurred in Raiders territory to squelch scoring opportunities.
Giants chairman Steve Tisch would not comment on McAdoo's status after the game, but there were reports that said he could have been fired Monday if his team were blown out by the Raiders. That did not happen and McAdoo may be allowed to finish the season, but it is unlikely he returns.
While McAdoo is almost certainly out, it raises even more questions about Manning. The 36-year-old quarterback has spent his entire 14-year career with the Giants and told reporters Sunday he plans on playing next year.
"I don't want anybody to get fired," Manning said. "When a coach gets fired, it's usually because the team and the players haven't performed up to our duties. I don't want to see that, so I hope there's no truth to it."