Giants co-owner and president John Mara vowed his support Monday for embattled coach Ben McAdoo, while saying the team’s recent performance is “inexcusable and frustrating.”
McAdoo has made headlines in the past few days for all the wrong reasons. An ESPN report last week quoted two anonymous Giants players as saying McAdoo had “lost this team,” and “guys are giving up on the season.” That prompted other Giants players to call out those anonymous teammates as “cowards” and vow to find out who’d thrown McAdoo under the proverbial bus.
After going 11-5 in his first season as Giants coach, the team has faltered on both sides of the ball this season, ranking 28th in the NFL in both points scored and points allowed.
Yet the Giants, who were founded by Mara’s grandfather, Tim Mara, in 1925, have traditionally not made midseason coaching changes. The Giants have made only one midseason coaching change since 1931, that coming in 1976.
Fitzgerald, 34, caught five passes for 70 yards in Sunday’s win to pass Hall of Famer Tim Brown for sixth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. Fitzgerald, who is third all-time in receptions, was the third overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft and has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. Fitzgerald has 1,175 career receptions for 14,953 yards.
The Vikings selected Peterson with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and he broke the NFL’s single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the Chargers that season. Peterson, who spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Vikings, was a seven-time Pro Bowler in Minnesota.
The 32-year-old bounced back from another knee injury in 2014 to lead the NFL with 1,485 yards in 2015 as the Vikings won the NFC North. A torn meniscus in the third game of the 2016 season prompted the Vikings to unload their franchise back.