By Ernie Palladino
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Ben McAdoo presents an ideal image of a lifeless coach strolling.
It occurs identical to that. First comes the dropping — the shut setbacks that make the distinction between zero-5 and one thing considerably extra respectable. Then the catastrophic accidents, just like the damaged ankles move-catchers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall suffered final week towards the Chargers. Throw Dwayne Harris’ damaged foot and Sterling Shepard’s rolled ankle in there, too, and that’s 4 wideouts down in a single recreation.
After which comes the dissension.
On this case, it was cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who confirmed precisely how a lot of a group participant he’s by strolling out of camp because of a dispute over how McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo used him. Needless to say Cromartie is just not the 53rd man on the roster. He’s a starter, and probably the most skilled of what has been a shaky defensive backfield.
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Apparently, DRC didn’t look after being shuttled between slot protection and his regular outdoors duties. Truthful sufficient, particularly because it appears 2016 first-rounder Eli Apple has devoted this season to getting beat deep at each potential alternative. Plus, inside protection has by no means been Rodgers-Cromartie’s power, so it’s solely logical he and the gameplan guys ought to have a dialog.
However his walkout and subsequent suspension point out greater points than a participant-coach battle. It exhibits McAdoo, in solely his second season on the helm, has misplaced the locker room.
If that sounds rather a lot just like the Ray Handley period, properly, it’s as a result of it does. By the point Handley bumped into Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium tunnel after that 1992 finale, these Giants have been in full revolt. The one variations between that group and this one is that these guys gained six video games, and McAdoo has at this level restrained himself from placing his palms on any photographers.
However that’s the place it ends. Each claimed the staff was collectively, united by way of all of the dropping, and each have been lifeless improper.
On Wednesday, McAdoo proclaimed his workforce united. Nice follow. Wanting ahead to a different one. Not nervous about perceptions.
And but, he might…