Ben McAdoo stood behind a lectern Sunday evening, as overmatched in front of a gaggle of New York reporters as his football team is on the field on a weekly basis. He talked a lot about watching the tape, and players being honest with each other, and a lot of other things nobody had any interest in hearing. He was asked, at one point, whether he’d have to address his situation with players.
“What situation?” McAdoo snapped. “We have to go correct the tape, all right? We have to go correct the tape. We get to go play one of the best teams in football next week. There’s no situation.”
Well, Coach, there is a situation: Your team, the New York Giants, has experienced a season constructed solely of nadirs, and you should probably find a decent real estate agent. Last Sunday, the Giants lost, 51-17, at home, coming off a bye week. Somehow, things got worse. The Giants this week lost to a previously winless team, with much of the fourth quarter a largely noncompetitive exercise.
“It got away from us today,” McAdoo said. “We got to take a long, hard look at the tape.”