EAST RUTHERFORD — Ben McAdoo hopes he got through to the Giants on Wednesday after a “long, hard, honest meeting” in which he played the film from their loss to the 49ers and forced his team to be “brutally honest with each other.”
But the head coach concedes he won’t know if this latest motivational maneuver will work, or fall flat, until his Giants take the field again.
“We had some open conversations, some hard talks, some plain talks, some simple talks,” McAdoo said after the Giants began preparations for Sunday’s home game against the Chiefs. “We played some film, and we were brutally honest with each other. We’ll see how the players respond. … Until we get to Sunday, we won’t know. Our desire to finish has to improve, and we need to see that.”
McAdoo has declined to come out and say it directly, but effort was clearly an issue on the defensive side of the ball during the Giants’ 31-21 loss to the Niners, and the week prior in a 51-17 loss to the Rams. McAdoo said “every game tape gets corrected,” but this instance was clearly designed to have added impact.
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to be accountable,” cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said. “And to be called out on film in front of everybody, I think it does something to that player. you don’t want to be that player that’s on there. it could either go a good way or a bad way, but I think there will definitely be some changes. … Change will come from that.”
Rodgers-Cromartie indicated McAdoo did not have to call out players by name or point out specific plays where there was a lack of effort. It’s obvious enough.
“You see it on film, and you can’t explain some of it. You’ve just got to own up to it,” the corner said. “Nobody wants to have that play up there where you got to come back in the locker room and everybody’s looking at you like you’re that guy.”
McAdoo said “there’s a possibility there will be some changes” when asked if some players who did not meet his standards against the Niners could see their playing time diminished against Kansas City. Rodgers-Cromartie said he expects lineup changes to come. He did not get into specifics, but declined to say if some players could become upset if changes don’t come, or there aren’t enough of them.
“I ain’t the coach. I ain’t got the game plan. All I do is wait, and see how we’re going to line it up, and go do what we do. … You never know what’s going on with another player. The only thing I can say is disappointing is the lack of want-to after all that we’ve been through. I’ll take a loss playing hard, flying around, but (not) how we’re losing.”
Does the veteran think the message will get across?
“I think it will do good,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “Because when we look at film this week, and it’s the same guys, then it’s going to be hard to walk in this locker room and still have trust from all your teammates.”