NFL Franchise Notes: Giants' Mara Under Pressure To Clean House After 1-8 Start
In Newark, Steve Politi writes the Giants' 31-21 loss to the previously winless 49ers yesterday is a "low-water mark" for the team under President & CEO John Mara. The defeat dropped the Giants to 1-8, and it is "hard to remember" a loss "quite this pathetic in recent memory." Politi: "This is as bad as it gets." The Fox broadcast "kept on cutting to Mara inside a suite" in Levi's Stadium, and he "managed to avoid the outburst that would have gone viral online." Mara "has to clean house now" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/13). On Long Island, Bob Glauber writes Giants coach Ben McAdoo is "testing" Mara’s "patience to the point where he may feel there is no choice but to make a change before the end of the season." Mara is "sensitive to his constituents’ frustration" (NEWSDAY, 11/13).
DOWN IN A HOLE: In DC, Thom Loverro writes the Redskins did not enjoy a home-field advantage yesterday, as FedExField had about "15,000 empty seats" at kickoff with "perhaps another 15,000 Vikings fans" in attendance. Loverro: "This wasn’t Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles fans invading FedEx Field. We’re talking about the Minnesota Vikings." FedExField is "not much of a home, not much of a field, and no advantage." It was a "startling scene throughout the game." Not "only did Vikings fans turn out in large numbers, they made their presence known, while Redskins fans were dispirited, to put it kindly." Redskins QB Kirk Cousins: "We’ve got to put a product on the field that people have something to cheer about. They’re dying to cheer for us" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/13).
MAKING HIS CASE: Attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing Colin Kaepernick in his collusion case against the NFL, said it was a "no-brainer" that a team would sign his client, and and the "fact that they haven’t, thank you very much." He added, "I just don’t understand the Texans. If I’m Bob McNair, and maybe I’m addled and maybe I’m sick, I just don’t know. I mean, I’ll find out when I do his deposition. But if I’m Bob McNair and I’ve already misspoke and my players want to come and beat the crap out of me, I think that somebody should be whispering in my ear, ‘Sign Kap, sign Kap.’ Because that can redeem you" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 11/11).